Greetings and welcome aboard.
One of the challenges of the Atkin legacy is that there are so many
designs (hundreds) that it is often hard to find someone else who is
interested in the same design as you. None of us feel qualified to
claim any Atkin design as "mine". So, to a large extent, you're on
With that said I'll offer a few observations from an armchair
commodore point of view.
Morning Star is recommended in the catalog web page for "wherever
water flows." I would think that this refers most obviously to rivers,
maybe bays and estuaries, most likely not to the open ocean.
As big as the cockpit is, I bet it was not intended to be used in
waters where self bailing would be an issue.
I would not want to go 50 miles offshore in a boat built by someone
who had never built a boat before. Doubly so if the design were
altered by the builder.
If you want to build the boat and enjoy it, I'd say go for it. Build
it well, operate it sensibly, and I bet it will give you a lot of
pleasure. On the other hand, if you expect this boat to put money in
your bank account, you need advice from someone a great deal more
qualified than me.
best of luck,
--- In AtkinBoats@yahoogroups.com, "chiros_81" <chiros_81@...> wrote:
> Hi,I'm interested in your design of "morning star" for serious offshore
> (50 to 70 miles) fishing. I have a number of questions before I buy the
> 1) Can the hull be extended by 2 or 3 feet?
> 2) Is it self bailing/draining?
> 3) Is it possible to build a fish box that can hold 2,ooo lbs of fish?
> 4) Is it really an offshore boat?
> I like the features of the morning star such as the simplicity of cons
> truction,less maintenance and speed.I will be a first time boatbuilder.
> Any help will be appreciated.Thanks in advance!