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Re: Will the coasties be seeing them in the near future?
If he followed plans for that boat, I think he is far better off than the guy who just buys some old junker, or some new coastal boat, without knowing how things go together, how they work, etc., then goes off on passages. If ANYTHING goes wrong he will be able to fix it, and he knows exactly where the weak spots are on the boat and how to remedy any issues.
In general, homebuilt boats are actually OVER-built for the purpose. The owner feels no need to cut corners, and doesn't have the skill to apply "just enough" glass/etc in just the right places. So home builts are often heavier than a comparable production boat, but are just as often bulletproof...
Plus hey, this is a steel boat, I mean, so long as he accounts for electrolysis and the other corrosion issues with steel, that boat is gonna be bomb proof I would think...