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Around the world on a self built boat

Hi Everyone,

A friend of mine has been building a 29 foot sailboat for the past 11 years and it should should be complete this year.
Once done, he is going into retirement and will sail it around the world.
He's not very technical and is doing it to fulfill his own dream. However, I am thinking it would be a shame not to show the process if people might be interested.
I work in IT and have been thinking of putting up a website for him with pictures, video etc. about the process as well as a GPS/on-deck camera once he embarks on his journey.
I guess I am trying to figure out if there would be any general interest out there about this.

Cheers.
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I guess I am trying to figure out if there would be any general interest out there about this.

Cheers.
Yes. My website has about 190 hits per day.

But if he wants to make money out of it. No. There are many boats floating about here doing the 'thang'. Its ain't unique. Even teen girls can do it. An old retired bloke doing it is just ho hummmmm.

Not that I am ho hum.



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As near as I can tell if you put a lot of pictures you will get a lot of hits on it. You might have to periodically remind people to look at by posting here (or elsewhere) that you have updated it with something cool. Although as MarkofSeaLife said, there probably isn't any money to be made.
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@QuickMick, I warned him of that - but he's determined.
@Mark & Mark, I don't think he cares about the money...I don't think he even cares about the site. To me, its pretty interesting and just want to put it up there to share with everybody else.
On QuickMick's note, what do you guys think of someone sailing around the world on a boat they built? Remember, hes not an engineer or a builder of any sort...he's been going off some famous boat designer's plan (can't remember the name of the designer now).
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hmmm.... say blowing 30 gusts to 50, epic fail of an integral system (take your pick) can he fix it and sail? heck, can he sail?
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My dock neighbor spent 11 years more or less building a boat i would take anywhere

On the other hand theirs a whole lot of factory built owner finish boats that are just horrific
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Two guys in my harbor have built serious cruising boats, though I'm not sure they've gone very far. Your friend will probably be ok if he chose his design wisely and he proceeds prudently.
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I don't get it, there is nothing in the OP's original post that suggests the owner doesn't know how to build or sail a boat. While I know nothing about the builder/owner all I can add to this thread is, congrats to him, enjoy the trip.
And yes, if he manages to gather some content and forward it on to the OP then I would be interested in following along via a website created to do so.
Please keep us informed.

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Here is a big build followed by a short cruise - happens a lot I think.

Welcome to the new Big Sailboat Project site

Some one said [unkindly] "fools build boats for wise men to sail".
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