Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Grapevine TX
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First things first, if you want to build a boat then pick a simple design like the Weekender or check out some of the designs by Thomas Forth Jones or Phil Bolger. Pick something under twenty feet and enjoy building then sailing your boat.
Try to pick something that can be built fairly quickly. No matter how excited you are now, there's going to be plenty of weekends where you don't want to work on the boat, or something else needs doing. Assuming you've picked an easy boat to build, you should be done before it starts to feel like an endless chore.
Then you can get into the second or third parts. Assuming you liked building the boat, you will be better prepared to build a bigger boat. And you won't have wasted time since you'll be faster and more confident, as well as acquired the right tools and figured out how much space you really need.
You might also have decided you'd rather just buy a fixer upper. But in any event, you will have had more time sailing. As well as gotten the family out sailing. That will lead to the third thing, do you really like sailing as much as you think you will, and even more important, does the misses.
Nothing like spending five to ten years, and tens of thousands of dollars building a boat, only to find out the misses doesn't care for life aboard and your home made boat is only worth pennies on the dollar.
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