Re: A family motor/sail cruiser?
- I wonder if you won't find some old boat already there that is really
cool? Seems like a possibility.
Also, if you can do without sails, I think it was some UN agency that
had some neat looking low powered low tech fishing boats for
construction locally in the third world. But I don't rembember the
URL. As I recall, Bolger says sails are a lot of extra trouble.
Seems to me, if you are going to cruise around, Birdwatcher, or a
simplified Birdwatcher derivative,possibly from Michalak, might make
more sense. Unless you want to get done building about the time you
leave! I can't imagine "cruising" in Zephyr. Or sailing it in much
more than a Zephyr, tho I haven't sailed one, or even seen one.
Good luck with the project.
--- In email@example.com, "The Peillet-Long Family"
>what kind of wood/
> Thanks, Nels, Kenneth, Puck & Bill for your thoughts.
> I would be building there or having it built, depending on time and
> plywood/etc. is available locally. If building myself, I shouldprobably just go with one of
> the many small boat plans I already have--Zephyr for a light,unballasted sailboat, or
> Storm Petrel with railings added all around using the same sail, ora Micro.
>which would be practical
> A couple of you mentioned the 2nd generation Fast Motorcruiser,
> but require a larger engine than I want and, honestly, I don't likethe look of the cutwater
> hull shape.is likely to suit local
> If I have to have it built, then I suspect a more traditional design
> workshops better. I already have plans for a Phil's Mouser/Garfieldcatboat, one of his
> early designs. Among other tradional designs, I don't think I couldgo wrong with an Atkin
> Shoreliner, though I am still tempted by Phil's Merlin (MarinaCruiser) design.
> Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
- 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.