Re: A family motor/sail cruiser?
- I trust you have seen the pictures of the Tyson's Merlin that in the
files section of Bolger3. This boat was built with some small
alterations (lowering of the deck to give headroom, I think) that
would be worthwhile to know about. I believe PCB approved. It would be
a good design for pottering about, but not big enough, I think, for
any cruising with your family.
As to alternates, the Navigator version of Seabird comes to mind,
especially if an outboard turns out to be better than an inboard. I do
wonder if it's possible to obtain marine ply in a country where the
market would be small. It's hard enough to get in some parts of the
US. I'm sure it's best to see what technology the local craftsmen
know, then tailor the design and construction plan to suit. My guess
is that sawn frames and strip construction are more likely than bent
frames and carvel planking, or ply planking.
If you go to www.tantonyachts.com, and look toward the bottom of page
6 of the gallery, you'll find pictures of his design #936 being built
in Turkey. (Yes, I know Turkey is not Tunesia.) It seems to be striped
with two layers of veneer.
- 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.