Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Calgary, AB, Canada
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Boat design is very much a matter of preference. Everything from the shape of the galley to the sail plan will have to meet your needs and wants. I have chartered and sailed a great over 50 different makes and models and have not found the prefect design. Everything is a compromise. As an example a full keel boat is great down wind, but will probably not point well; while a deep fin keel boat will point well, but will likely wallow going down wind.
I learned to sail on Galveston Bay. The shallow waters will probably require a shoal keel. I would suggest that you join a club like the Galveston Bay Cruising Association, take a look at others boats and talk to the owners about what they like and do not like in their boats.
Doing paint work and bright work might support you. You might want to learn some joinery and fiberglass work as well.
All the best.
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As I sail, I praise God, and care not. (Luke Foxe)