Re: Storm Petrel alternative?
- -Hi Matthew,
Since I am currently building PCB's "Old Shoe", guess I should chime
in here. I'm just an average builder and I am finding the shoe to be
enough of a challenge. I suppose it depends on how much you want to
put into it, like anything we do. She is designed for a quick build
with box store materials as a bottom line. I have talked to a few
owners about sailing qualities and all that and have received very
favorable comments. She is a joy to build and sail. Large for a
12ft boat and stable (as such things go). For a day sailor and
occasional camper, she would be just fine, able to beach and sleep
aboard under a tent cover. I am expecting her to be relatively easy
to launch and retrieve. I have just finished my masts and can attest
that they are light enough for a single person to step and unstep. Of
course I have chosen to use Spruce for material and that is some
lighter than fir,etc. For me, I was looking for a stable, easy to
sail, day sailor that I could take from lake to lake during my
leisure retirement years (just a couple of years away folks)and I
found this design to fit the bill for me. She will carry 4 adults
with ease, so I can have crew whenever I want. Primarily, she will
be solo sailed. I am planning to buy a Honda 2hp 4stroke for aux.
I see that you have the link to my web site. I am planning an update
with greater detail into the process of "Mast Making" from a novice
point of view. I think its a good choice and certainly a design to
Very best to you,
-- In email@example.com, "The Peillet-Long Family"
> Thanks, Nels and others, for your comments.
> I actually used to have a set of IMB plans but eventually decided
> just wasn't the boat for me. The same illogical argument as for AS-I
> 19--I wouldn't want to spend a lot of time on money on a boat that
> find, shall we say, beauty-challenged.built
> That's not to say that I don't appreciate Bolger boxes (I have
> Brick and June Bug, both squarish to varying degrees.) I'm justnot
> a fan of the Birdwatcher look.Micro
> Going back to my files, I do find one boat that I've always liked
> that might well fit the bill and is not too hard to build. If
> is too big a project, and Storm Petrel doesn't have the safe and
> secure cockpit that we need with the kids, maybe I need an Old Shoe?