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by Rob Myran
Sun May 29, 2011 5:20 pm
Forum: Sailboats
Topic: Basic Questions
Replies: 12
Views: 2045

Re: Basic Questions

If the big boat would be for retirement, I would suggest you build a small boat now. See if you like building a boat. See if you like sailing and the small boat gives you a lot of experience sailing and handling a lively boat that the big boat does not do in the same way. Then before taking on build...
by Rob Myran
Sat May 28, 2011 4:29 pm
Forum: Sailboats
Topic: Basic Questions
Replies: 12
Views: 2045

Re: Basic Questions

I'd like to build a boat in a few years, and want to know what I need as far as facilities. I would like to eventually build a sailboat large enough for my wife and a couple of friends to live aboard, and sail the ocean. At what size do I need slings or a drydock? I am brand new at this, so I'm sta...
by Rob Myran
Sun May 15, 2011 10:14 am
Forum: Sailboats
Topic: Foam and seat ventilation
Replies: 10
Views: 2190

Re: Foam and seat ventilation

I have been debating that as well. So far what I have decided is to leave it out until I have done some sea trials and sailed the boat. I built a full bulkhead between the cabin and the cockpit/locker area so water would not pour though the whole boat in a leak or knock down. Now as to foam. My thin...
by Rob Myran
Tue Apr 12, 2011 10:53 am
Forum: Sailboats
Topic: location of the bilge pump
Replies: 3
Views: 1152

Re: location of the bilge pump

For my Minuet (Tango's little sister) I will use a manual pump but be able to move a hose around to either side of the CB and into the lazarette in the cockpit. One mod I made was to make a full bulhead between the cabin and the underside of the cockpit figuring that would keep water from flooding e...
by Rob Myran
Sat Apr 09, 2011 1:44 pm
Forum: Sailboats
Topic: Looking in to building a sailboat
Replies: 11
Views: 2847

Re: Looking in to building a sailboat

I commend you for wanting to build a sailboat. You may have to choose a smaller simpler design to meet your budget. Consider this your first boat. If You like the building process you will build others. If you choose a bigger project like the Amigo plan of it taking some time and money to complete. ...
by Rob Myran
Fri Mar 18, 2011 6:39 pm
Forum: Sailboats
Topic: Books just came in.
Replies: 8
Views: 1542

Re: Books just came in.

I've really found the Boatbuilder's Notebook in the book section of this site pretty darned useful.

I have the books you got, too. Another I like is George Buehler's Back yard Boat Building. His projects tend to be on a pretty large scale, but he has a lot of good info on how to do things.
by Rob Myran
Sat Mar 05, 2011 11:02 am
Forum: Sailboats
Topic: Francis Drake
Replies: 15
Views: 5733

Re: Francis Drake

I like those Morgans, too. A friend has a 30 foot Morgan from about 1972. Finn Keel and skeg hung rudder is a great way to go. I have been to several talks by John Kretschmer http://www.yayablues.com/ and he generally advocates that keel arrangement for cruising boats. That, and the responsiveness a...
by Rob Myran
Fri Mar 04, 2011 7:51 pm
Forum: Sailboats
Topic: Francis Drake
Replies: 15
Views: 5733

Re: Francis Drake

It would be interesting to build. Either the Drake or the Lord Nelson if you wanted to do some serious cruising. I am not sure what i think of the cabin layout on either. Head is in the bow and I wonder how comfortable that would be while bouncing through the waves. I saw a Island Packet in Chicago ...
by Rob Myran
Tue Feb 15, 2011 10:52 am
Forum: Sailboats
Topic: Amigo plans
Replies: 12
Views: 3308

Re: Amigo plans

Sounds like the Amigo would fit you needs pretty well.
by Rob Myran
Tue Feb 15, 2011 7:06 am
Forum: Sailboats
Topic: Amigo plans
Replies: 12
Views: 3308

Re: Amigo plans

I could make the Amigo work for my needs. I know what you mean about an inboard. I was considering an electric dc motor. I'll have batteries on board anyway and I don't plan on motoring much. Still need to research it though... Curious: What are the main uses / needs for the boat you want to build?...
by Rob Myran
Mon Feb 14, 2011 8:17 pm
Forum: Sailboats
Topic: Amigo plans
Replies: 12
Views: 3308

Re: Amigo plans

Another point. If you want the Amigo to be bigger inside, use an outboard motor which would free up the space inside used by the diesel engine and its tank. That can add as much as 20% of usable interior space. That's storage for a lot of samiches and beer. A bonus: Outboards are cheaper to replace ...
by Rob Myran
Mon Feb 14, 2011 8:03 pm
Forum: Sailboats
Topic: Amigo plans
Replies: 12
Views: 3308

Re: Amigo plans

I recall back when Ken Hankinson had his own web site of plans he had a 24 design that was much as the Pacific Seacraft Flicka is to the Dana. But I think Glen-L is right that you should not mess with the size. There are too many variables to go wrong for an amateur builder. When customers ask desig...
by Rob Myran
Sun Feb 13, 2011 9:49 am
Forum: Sailboats
Topic: Amigo plans
Replies: 12
Views: 3308

Re: Amigo plans

First, I would buy them from Glen-L Direct. Kinda "dance with the girl ya brought to the dance" as they say. Glen-L is great company, lots of support, good prices on lots of their supplies. And we all want to see them stay in business through the hard times. Second: Honestly, I'm still on the fence....
by Rob Myran
Wed Feb 02, 2011 7:14 pm
Forum: Sailboats
Topic: Plywood for frames?
Replies: 6
Views: 2117

Re: Plywood for frames?

If one did want to use plywood for frames they could be sistered with some solid wood for screwing the hull to the frames. It seem like extra work though, unless there is a real reason to make lighter frames with plywood.
by Rob Myran
Mon Dec 13, 2010 5:59 pm
Forum: Sailboats
Topic: Minuet as a Motor Launch
Replies: 4
Views: 1370

Re: Minuet as a Motor Launch

I certainly plan to use my Minuet as a motorboat at times. I am thinking of back channels along the Mississippi River where sailing would not work and no keel depth would work. So It is feasable. My thought, though, would be if I were to go to the trouble to specifically modify the cabin for a pilot...