Re: Paradox--Opinions Please
- It looks like a "Dangerous Boat".
If you are looking for "Been there and done that!" experience.
I built a boat similar to that some 28 odd years ago.
Similar in mental concept anyway.
It was a 10' sailboat that I had designed with the intent
of having pleasant daysails with my wife on local lakes.
It was a decent sailer in fair winds, but one day,
the winds were not "Fair". In fact they were non existent.
We were only about a 1/4 mile from shore, but it was a
Very Hot July afternoon. My wife had only brought her
bathing suit, so was exposed to the Hot sun.
I was doing everything I could to make the boat move,
to no avail.
She was new to sailiing then, and kept insisting that we
should return to shore. She was right, and I knew it,
but there was nothing I could do.
I had taken no "Auxiliary Power".
We had been married for about 4 years, and never had a
"Fight". But this was the day of our first.
She rightfully wanted to return to shore, and I was trying
to explain to her that we couldn't.
That 10 foot boat became smaller and smaller.
I guess she could have gotten into the water, as there
was no chance of me sailiing away from her, but she just
wanted the boat to move. She did not understand that at
that moment, there was nobody in the world that wanted
that boat to move more than I did.
It was that day that I Really Learned how small a
"Small Boat" can be.
We are still together, and have had a few "tiffs" since, but that
is one we both remember to this day. We get along very well in
"Small Boats" now, but I make sure the boats aren't too small,
and do provide alternate power.
If you look at the first sketch with an open mind, and realize
how little room there would be for another person.
You will see that there will be even less room in the second.
That one body in the bed won't be yours.
It does look like a very nice "Samll Cruiser", but
it is my opinion that it wauld only be large enough
for "Day Sailing" for the Two of you.
Still Happily Married. Kay loves "Small Boats"
(Attending the Wedding of Friend's Son this afternoon.
I hope they are as happy in their marriage as we have been.)
--- In bolger@y..., "Glenn" <cricket137@y...> wrote:
> Hi guys. I seek your help. I had a Micro in my future for some
> coastal cruising and a little off shore sailing. Then about three
> weeks ago I discovered Paradox, a Matt Layden design 14'. I think
> have fallen in love the more I see of it. Not quite as much boat
> Micro, but I think it would fit my wife and I perfectly.
> Please take a look at it at this site:
> I've been lurking on this group about two months and I would really
> like to hear your opinions comparing the two boats. You guys
> have "Been there and done that"! At least some of your have.
> OK fellows. Let me have it. I think I can take it!
> Thanks---Glenn Powell
- Comments below:
--- In bolger@y..., ravenous@g... wrote:
> what weight glass cloth did you use on the outside of the hull?
> you glass right over the chine logs in one piece?
I built the boat pretty much exactly as Jim MIchalak specifies, with
a few minor exceptions. I *think* I used 6oz cloth. I only glassed
the bottom on the outside. First I did the bottom with the cloth,
covering the chine logs completely on the sides (but not going any
farther down the sides (the hull was upside down of course). Then I
laid 3" tape on the corners of the chine logs. Finally, I added some
extra layers of tape in the bow grounding area.
> Did you epoxy coat the inside or the deck?
Nope. I just used oil based house paint and primer, but I will use
Latex from now on. Of course I religiously knocked out all of the
little knot hole losse pieces and filled them with thickened epoxy.
> I'm starting the AF4 and
> am thinking about a light glass inside and out after completing the
> hull to avoid the checking of cheap BC Pine ply.
> Have you experienced any checking yet with the Fir?
I used AC Fir from the local yard. Yes I have had some checking, but
it doesn't bother me. I used a plywood pirogue for many years (in
South Lousiana) that was checked all over and never had any
problems. One bulkhead, however seems to be made of a defective 1/4"
sheet which has a 4" bubble de-laminated. I think I'll have to
replace the bulkhead in a year or so.
I do keep the boat in a garage, but may put her outside soon. We will
see what happens. I made a little A-frame to drape a tarp over her
> Any thoughts appreciated. I've bookmarked your site. It is very
> informative and helpful. Beautiful boat.
> > I built my 16' AF3 Sharpie, "Cream Cheese," for about $1,800 not
> > including trailer and gratuitous marine supplies, but I bet I
> > do it for $1200 if I felt like it.
> > http://www.geocities.com/sanmi
> > Frank