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Re: Will the coasties be seeing them in the near future?

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Have you ever seen the galley in a typical commercial fishing boat?



How do they cook without spilling everything or having it slide off burners in waves?
Why wouldn't the appliances made for homes rust quickly?
Why am I told not to turn on a fridge after it is leaned over to one side but it can survive on a boat?

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Re: Will the coasties be seeing them in the near future?

You can see the home made fiddles on the stove, and with a big honkin engine and a big electrical system and a big galley refrigeration size, shape and efficiency is not such a big concern.

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Re: Will the coasties be seeing them in the near future?

Looks great to me! Good on him!

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Re: Will the coasties be seeing them in the near future?

The fact that he didn't know how to build boats before he started is a non-issue. Thousands of home-built boats are out there that are perfectly seaworthy, and EVERYONE who has ever built a boat had to learn on their first one.

It appears that he started with a "real" design for a boat, and that is the main thing. No problem with building a boat when you don't know how to build them. BIG problem with designing a boat when you don't know how to design them! Those are the ones that end up really scary.
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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...
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Re: Will the coasties be seeing them in the near future?

Maybe if the news people watched their own video, they would see that she's called "Santa Catalina," not "Santa Catherine," as they called her multiple times in their reporting.
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