Acquiring and usibility of Bolger plans
Will get you plans to very good Bolger boat plans; all of which do what they claim to do, and all of which someone with enough skill to mix a cake mix of epoxi thickener and swing a hammer without breaking the other thumb too many times can build.
If you really want to build a boat look at the boat plans, pick one that you like and think you can build, buy the plans and start building it. DO NOT PICK THE BOAT YOU THINK YOU CAN BUILD UNLESS IT IS A BOAT YOU REALLY ***l*i*k*e***. All the plans from these two sources are very buildable and require a similar level of skill to build regardless of appearance. If you are dreaming of a larger cruising boat, pick a boat plan that will make a great dinghy for that dream cruiser.
Bolger designed two boats that row/sail/power equally well. One looks really weird unless you take it to Bangkok and then it will look right at home (Thomaston Galley if I remember correctly. Choosing one of these boats means you won't have to choose what sort of boating you want to do. You will be able to do it all, well, and get to experiment in any ways you choose with rigs, oar design etc. if you don't want to follow Bolgers recommendations.
Building time? A few weeks a few hundred dollars.
An AS29 I'll estimate at 2000 hours and $12,000 to $15,000. (Anyone got an accurate accounting of their building time for their AS29?) I expect the source of AS29 plans is Bolger Assoc. If these or other large or complicated boat plans are what you are impatiently waiting for, stop pacing around and build a boat from the above sources. The time and experience will more than pay for themselves in saving and quality of workmanship on the larger boat.
As for metric vs Standard: I hate metric. It has no relationship to the universe. The French got it wrong right along with their other brilliant idea of the same time period the 32 hour day. Somehow metric measurement didn't go the way of the 32 hour day and people keep trying to foist it on folks who want their world to have more connection with the universe. The inch is very close to the pyramid inch which relates to the cubit all of which have an amazingly close relationship with cosmic measurements which we can accurately measure today and to which metric has no close relationship.
I find building to feet-inches-eights to be very quick and satisfying. Once used to it, I never made any mistakes I wouldn't have made with a metric rule. When I started building my cruising boat after building a couple of "instant" skiffs from Harold Payson, I had no one to ask what 6-11-5 meant and was building my boat before I was really confident the 5 was 5/8". The 6 was obviously feet and the 11 probably was inches, in which case the 5 had to be eights because if it was sixteenths somewhere in this table of offsets there would be an number over 7.
Now you know more than I knew when I started building boats.
Lastly, don't believe anyone about how much time and money it will cost you to build a boat. You can do this and that to save money and do it for half as much. A third as much! If you believe us you will realise building a boat will not get you on the water as cheaply or nearly as quickly as buying a used boat, and you will never have the satisfaction of saying, "Yes, I built my boat".
I, tend to post a little too fast, and then realize I have left off a detail like this or ignored an important aspect of the post to which I am replying. I considered posting a clarification, but decided to not post because it seemed like simplicity was an important aspect and Payson doesn't have the box keel version.
Gene Tehansky wrote:
The Sneakeasy is not the new one with the box keel or cutwater, or so I understand. That one is obtained from PB&F...Gene T.On 2 Oct, 2009, at 1:57 PM, Christopher C. Wetherill wrote: