Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Victoria B.C. Canada
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My ideal boat would be aluminum, about 45' to 50' plus with a transom stern and no overhangs. Very fine entry with probably 12 to 13 degrees half angle entry. The forefoot would be U shaped rather than V shaped so as not to dig in downwind. Fairly high freeboard with a very low house. Not too wide so the waterline is symetrical when heeled. Solid dodger. Draft about 6 1/2' max. Medium length fin keel. Rudder a balanced spade with a stock of solid aluminum and strong enough to bounce off the bottom without damage. Small swim grid aft with liferaft stored in a locker in the transom. Heavier plating along the waterline and for the bow for trips to the ice if I wished. No paint above the waterline except for non skid on the decks. All hardware and hatches welded to the decks or blind tapped into doublers. Wave breaks welded around the front and sides of the deck hatches which would be numerous. Suitable insulation sprayed inside the hull for noise and temperature control.
Layout, starting at the bow with storage for anchoring gear, sails, docklines and fenders etc to a watertight bulkhead about 10 feet aft of the stem, accessible from on deck only through a hatch. Anchor roller exrended forward of the stem an appropriate amount and 55 kg Rocna and all chain rode. Aft of this bulkhead a double stateroom, probably with a head and separate shower right forward, hanging lockers and seat opposite. Bulkhead aft of this stateroom. Main saloon, with a large U shaped settee with table to port, straight settee to starboard.
Galley aft on the port side with Propane stove aft and not gimbaled, fridge and freezer on the centre under the pilothouse. Chart table opposite to starboard with swivel seat fixed to the sole. Aft of the chart table a stateroom with upper and lower berths, the upper folding down out of the way when not required. The machinery space aft under the cockpit with a workshop to port and separated from the accomodation by a watertight bulkhead.
Two different rigs I might choose. one, a sloop with multiple furlers for jibs, extendable bowsprit for asymetrical. Spreaders swept 20 degreea aft, no backstay, and a maxi roach fully battened main.
The other I might choose would be a unstayed ketch (schooner if the masts are the same height) rig with carbon fiber rotating spars. I find this concept interesting and Eric Sponberg makes a good case for it. Project Amazon was easy to handle and very fast.
Mechanically, diesel with a V-drive due to aft engine room. About 1000AH of AGM batteries over the keel. Electrodyne alternator for fast charging with 3 stage regulator. Electrodyne now have alternators with diodes remotely mounted for better cooling and 200 to 250 amp would be about right. Solar panels for every day charging, mounted aft. WH autopilot which is built like a tank and no self steering vane.
Design by either Angelo Lavranos or Robert Perry. If I chose the unstayed rig its design and engineering by Eric Sponberg.
All I need is a lottery win.
ps - If you can't figure it out I am a Steve Dashew fan and the above is really an aluminum Sundeer. If you're going to dream you might as well make it a good one.
Living aboard in Victoria Harbour