Tennessee or similar
- Hi guys, I haven't posted here for a long time, but I
still lurk occasionally.
I am planning to quit work later this year and take (at least)
a year off. I recently read a quote by author Steve Biddulph
and he says every man should be required to take a year off
when he turns 40 and who am I to argue with a prominent writer?
My wife has just finished her Masters and starts teaching in
Feb, so I am promoted to housewife for a while at least.
Possibly a career change next year (I have been studying
architectural drafting at nightschool).
Anyway... I expect to have more disposable time than I have
seen in the last 20 years, at least 2 or 3 hours a day of
uninterrupted boatbuilding time.
I just got my Christmas bonus and we have been considering
buying a "family boat", but having some difficulty finding
something that suits. We were very tempted by this motorsailer:
but the price is a little out of my range, especially when
you add about $5K for the mooring. Also it is an old wooden
hull and an old diesel engine and I am not very handy with
engines. However, in many respects this is a great boat for us.
So... I am thinking of maybe a Tennessee or something similar.
Here are my requirements:
* trailerable, although something I could put on a mooring
would be good
* possible to configure 5 berths - 2 adults, 17yo girl, 10yo
girl and 8yo boy plus a small dog. We are happy to convert
seating to bunks
* protection from the weather, especially the sun (we are in
Perth, Western Australia
* small outboard engine. Prefer that the engine is enclosed
* aesthetically pleasing. See link above for an idea of what
we consider to be attractive. I haven't seen a tennessee
in real life, but it looks good in the pictures
We will be mostly pottering around on the Swan river, we would
probably trailer it to other protected waters occasionally. If
it could handle the 20km ocean trip to Rottnest island that
would be fabulous, but that is probably asking a bit much.
I like to sail my laser and the kids also have small dinghies
but everyone has made it clear that they don't want a yacht.
A shame because there are good plastic yachts going for a
reasonable price. Second hand stinkboats tend to be ugly,
overpowered and pricey (unless they are really old and leaky).
* What design? Tennessee has always appealed, but maybe one
of the other state series boats? What about the bolger
houseboat? Devlin's Millie Hill?
* How much work am I letting myself in for? I have built a few
small stitch-and-glue dinghies (the 8ft D4 from bateau.com)
a few years ago, so I have some basic skills in wood butchery
and epoxy. I certainly don't want to go for gold plate
standard, a 10ft finish would be fine
* Rough costings? How many sheets of ply, litres of epoxy, paint?
* How good are the plans? To they include construction
notes or are they mostly just the panel dimensions?
* What would I need to pull one of these? I have an elderly
(1984) subaru wagon. The 4WD would probably get me up the
ramp, but it is a fairly small 4cyl engine. If I need to
upgrade my vehicle then I need to factor that into my
- Maybe too heavy?