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It's hard to imagine that someone with his skill and resources hasn't thought of that himself.
Agreed but I'm still curious.
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I also wonder how he plans to transport it to the shore and launch it.
One of his Youtube videos explains that. He has looked into trucks, trailers, permits and the travel lift big enough to lift it. I can't remember all the exact details but the plan sounded very sound. He will drop it in the river and do part of the great loop down to the gulf of Mexico.
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Re: SV Seeker - 74' DIY sailboat

Large crane will put it on a semi flatbed. Haul to commercial shipyard on the river. Game over. He explained in one of his vids.


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Right -- but there a DOT limits on dimensions, and one need worry about bridges and overhead utility wires. This isn't a golf cart he's proposing to haul.

Anyway, more power to 'im if he pulls it off.
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They haul 105 foot long X 30 foot wide wind generator blades. You need to have pilot cars, a well crafted plan of the roads you can take and can't drive at night. Happens all the time.


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Re: SV Seeker - 74' DIY sailboat

I forget the exact details but he is close to a river. He's done his home work.

IIRC they bought the house, next to a scrap yard, for the express purpose of this project.

Did anyone see the vid of the grandkids running across the plate while he is plasma cutting?

I am shocked, and thrilled, he hasn't be put in prision due to child endangerment.

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He is dedicated. I have been following for a few years now.

He and the wife parted ways and grandson can no longer visit due to safety concerns but he keeps going.

He is pouring the keels now, amazing work. Good thing he is getting help as I imagine the unseen devil is in the finish details, setting up the pilot house, owners cabin etc, a ton of work left.

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I've been following the build in silence afraid to come out and admit it. After all, It is one of.....those boats.

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Re: SV Seeker - 74' DIY sailboat

Here's a similar extreme DIY'er building a huge boat only this ones in FRP...

Like Doug of SV Seeker Jamie Mantzel is not afraid to use High or low tech to get the job done, and I have no doubts they'll get their respective projects done because both are thinking beyond the current project they're into.

We could open a thread comparing and contrasting them: DIY Steel VS DIY Fiberglass, Might even rival the on going Steel VS Fiber thread.
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Re: SV Seeker - 74' DIY sailboat

I have watched all the vids too. A huge mountain to climb to get it in the water but I would not bet against him. I find his videos to be both inspirational and educational.

The two best days of a boater's life... The day he buys it and every day he SAILS it.
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