Thanks for the warm welcome !
...Dudley Dix designs...
Where on the West Coast are you?
Actually, one of the designs I'm considering is the Dix Coquette...Another is Glen-L's Lord Nelson (just ordered the study plans) and I'm looking at their Caprice as well: center cockpit sloop that actually has a 24" wide interior
passageway to the aft cabin...in a 36' boat no less. I prefer a more traditional look though, so the compromise might be to build it with a trunk cabin.
I moved to the Sunshine Coast a few years ago from the Lower Mainland after building and refitting boats in Steveston - it has definitely given me back my sanity (...as much as I ever had anyway...lol) after commuting from West Van to Steveston the last 5 years I was there.
I've done some paddling since I've been here but no sailing. I want to find a daysailer design that I can produce using local lumber (probably Doug fir frames and red cedar planking). The plan there is to secure production rights and produce a stable little sailboat around 14' or so that anyone can afford to buy. I think it's really important to get kids involved in sailing for the character and self confidence that can come out of it - the whole 'broadening horizons' thing. If they can buy a partially completed kit with the proceeds from their part time job, so much the better.
I'm also trying to get some furniture samples done because I want to start up a small shop using 'blue' (beetle-kill) pine. It has a really distinctive character and it's considered waste by the industry. Finished bright with something like a clear PU, it really 'pops'. We really need to find a value-added market for the stuff since the bug has been so tough on the industry in BC.
Unfortunately, that stuff doesn't leave much time for my own plans (the liveaboard) so I've reorganized life a little and gone back to working for a paycheck so I can get started. Once that's done, our expenses will be reduced enough that we can focus on the other stuff without the startup costs having to combine with an inflated cost of living. At least that's the plan...
I've got a bunch of boat ideas and solutions I want to kick around with you folks but I'm not done searching the archives to see if any of it's been covered recently. I'll start a thread soon...