Fancy Free builders...

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Fancy Free builders...

Postby gerrardo » Sun Jan 04, 2009 12:46 am

Hello to all, I'm Gerrard O'Leary and am in the rediculous state of mind of thinking that I want to build a wooden yacht!!!

In fact I have plans to build a Fancy Free and would like to hear from anyone who has actually built one with some feedback on her sailing qualities... what's she like; upwind, across wind, downwind...does she heel dramatically? (wife's question).

Any feedback would be great, thanks


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Postby John K » Sun Jan 04, 2009 6:18 am

Welcome to the forum.

I have not built the fancy free, but maybe there is someone on the forum that has.


Postby upspirate » Sun Jan 04, 2009 6:30 am


Very pretty boat,don't know anyone on the forum that's building one right now,but maybe check project registry or contact Glen-l & see if you can find some contact info for past builders.

Most Glen-l boats have similar construction methods & details,so a lot of questions about building can & will be answered here.

Good luck


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Re: Fancy Free builders...

Postby Dave Grason » Sun Jan 04, 2009 9:55 am

gerrardo wrote:Hello to all, I'm Gerrard O'Leary and am in the rediculous state of mind of thinking that I want to build a wooden yacht!!!

Aw, you're just hanging around with the wrong people. No one here thinks it's rediculous at all. :wink:

gerrardo wrote:...does she heel dramatically? (wife's question).

It's amazing to me how many women bring this issue up. Tell your wife it's like a weeble. It'll wobble but it won't fall down.

I used to have a Hobie 14 when I was a kid. One of the most fun things you can do on a catamaran like that is to get it on a long reach and fly one hull. When that windward hull pops out of the water, the sudden acceleration can be a real hoot. I got real good at rudder and mainsail control because, of course, when you're flying a hull you do NOT want anything to be where you can't react quickly. That's the only time you get in trouble.

So a few years ago, my wife and I were in Destin, Fla for vacation and we rented a Hobie 14. When I flew a hull on that boat, I thought my wife was going to climb the mast in a hysterical panic. WHODATHUNKIT?
Isn't it amazing!! The person that never has the fortitude to pursue his own dreams, will be the first to try and discourage you from pursuing yours.

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