A family motor/sail cruiser?
- Greetings, all!
I've been away from this group for a long time, but some of you may
remember me from the past or have seen my long-neglected web site
<http://www.geocities.com/owlnmole> on building Brick and Yellow
Leaf. Lincoln Ross, if you're out there, still have Tetard?
In any case, my family and I are continuing our gypsy lifestyle with
a move to Tunisia for three years this summer and I am thinking of
tackling a modest family cruiser project, or perhaps having it built.
We have three small children, ages 1-7, so I am looking for
something large enough for safe (read hard to fall overboard) day
trips and the occasional overnight adventure. Some could sleep
under a tent for the overnight part, but I would want bunks for at
least two people, a small galley and a chemical toilet.
Performance needs are modest--straight motor or motor/sail
auxiliary, probably a small diesel engine.
My first thought is Bolger Marina Cruiser/Merlin design, with or
without the auxiliary lug sail, but I'd love to hear other
suggestions. Low cost and fast, easy building are critical, since
who knows where our next assignment will take us.
Thanks and regards to all,
- Thanks for the tip, Bruce!
If anyone else, like me, was a little confused by Bruce's links, here is a direct link to his
Abbondanza 24 scans from MAIB:
Those scans are exactly what Phil sent me, though of course the drawings that I received
As for the letter, this is what Phil wrote me, dated 5/13/06:
"Dear Mr. Long,
Thanks for yours of May 9. The enclosed study material is as close as we can come
with an extant design to your wish list. With an awning over the cockpit and perhaps a
longer helm shelter, it looks as though it might just do it if the costing works out. We can
not undertake any modifications to it at this time.
Plans of Abbondanza 24, our Design #652, are available for $300.00 to build one boat,
sent priority mail, rolled in a tube.
I am intrigued by the design, which might well fit our needs. The bulwarks and rails aft
and high rails forward are appealing to me with three little kids to keep out of harm's way.
I'll keep thinking, and follow up once I get to Tunis.