Re: Jessie Cooper Sail to Power conversion
Far be in from me to discourage anyone, if this is your dream project, then go for it. That
said, I find that it ALWAYS adds a ridiculous amount of time to a project when you start
making changes rather than build it as designed.
There are a couple of Bolger designs that would already fit the bill for what you describe,
such as a Micro or Long Micro (Navigator versions). I would be tempted to build one of
those to the plans, not even reducing the ballast, just leaving off the sailing rig. That way
it would be easy for you or a future owner to add the sailing capability later. Fast
Motorsailer is an option, as is Merlin/Marina Cruiser in a non-plywood design, though
both would be more of a challenge to build, I think. I am sure other Bolger designs would
suit as well.
Free advice, worth at least as much as you paid for it! ;-)
Good luck and let us know what you decide.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Frank Orts" <fortsiii@...> wrote:
> Has anyone considered this type of conversion. I love the Cooper hull,
> have plans and am in the early stages of construction. Unfortunately,
> right after I started I was sent TDY to California so have too much
> time to consider options. My thought is to add a pilot house in place
> of the existing double berth, move the galley/dining area to the pilot
> house and rearrange the remaining area below decks to simple single
> berths on each side of the hull and a head. The conversion would be
> completed by the installation of a small diesel below the pilot house
> sole. The cockpit would remain virtually the same size. A fixed keel
> would be added to the bottom of the hull.
> Laugh, cry or give me your opinions.