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, "chrisbfeller" <chrisbfeller@y...>
> I am debating on making a full cockpit length self draining
> my Blobster by JM
> rather than the Micro style cockpit drawn. I am doing this
> want a longer foot well to accommodate more passengers in comfort.
It's your boat,your call. If you have serious concerns,I trust the
designer is the best source for a definitive answer.
Things I would consider before actually changing the plan layout;
A) Just how many people do I plan on carrying above the boats
nominal capacity of 2 and is this a routine event or just once in a
blue moon. If just once in a blue moon, I'd let my excess passengers
get a full days worth of sailing,as is, and count on fewer requests
for future sails.....except for the die-hards who do not mind the
old-fashioned cockpit layout and its effect on their comfort.
B) Since the boat has only water ballast and a fair bit of
rocker,what will be the effect of having a crowd in the cockpit of
such a small boat.That is,to what extent will she squat by the stern
and lose her sailing lines altogether?
C) Do I really want to give up some very useful dry storage space
under the cockpit for the benefit of a few occassional passengers?
and D) Is it conceivable to build the boat as per plan,put her
through a good season of use and re-evaluate the real need for a
different cockpit layout and the subsequent boat surgery(not that
hard) required to put a foot well into her?
Not sure if any of the above helps but good luck with your building
Peter Lenihan,ex owner-builder of a Bolger Micro