Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: British Columbia
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If I had bought all the boats I've owned, rather than built my own, I would have spent a lot more time working to pay for them , and a lot less time sailing.
I remember building a 31 footer for a couple of computer programers. When their boss saw me , he said "Is that your boat builder and designer?" The owner said "Yes" The boss said "I think you better look around a bit more." The boss bought a brand new stock boat, and before he had finished paying or for her, the boat I built had sailed from BC to California, on to Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, the Caribean for several years, cruised the east coast ,back to the Caribean and over to Ireland and Britain.
I built myself a sister ship ,launched her one month after the steel arrived and spent another ten days detaining her, another ten days painting her and roughing the interior in and another week rigging her, before moving aboard and going for her first sail. She cost me $4K to get her launched and $6K to get her sailing. There is no way I could have bought a boat for that cheap.
I haven't seen another boat in the last 27 years which would better fit my needs, nor which I'd rather be cruising in. When you build your own boat, you get exactly what you want , not someone else's priorities. .
Brent Swain, Boat designer, Builder, and author of "Origami Metal Boatbuilding"