Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: British Columbia
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Re: Sailing yacht design
If I could chose any boat out there , it would be the one I have. By the time I launched my first boat, I wished I had done everything different. It took ten years to get to that stage on my second one. My current boat is 28 years old and there is very little I would change on her.
She is 31 ft overall for easy a handling an d ow expenses, steel hull so I have no worries about hitting anything in the night. Not having to worry about doing any serious damage when hitting rocks etc adds greatly to one's peace of mind and leads to far more impulse sailing, on a momentary whim.
Her 4 ft draft and twin keels let me dry out any time offering far more bullet proof hurricane anchorages, and have eliminated moorage and haulout fees for me in most of her 28 years.
I have avoided the super wide stern sections which lead to lack oi directional stability and can leave her helm for along time on abroad reach, making sailing her far more enjoyable. She has an outboard rudder which makes self steering and inside steering as simple as it can possibly be. he has a wheelhouse which enables winter BC cruising in a T shirt. Her 1 1/2 inch of sprayfoam insulation and airtight stainless wood stove, makes her warm and cozy in winter.
Brent Swain, Boat designer, Builder, and author of "Origami Metal Boatbuilding"