Subject: [harryproa] Build trailerable as a test?
From: "gardnerpomper" <>
Date: 5/27/2008, 11:00 AM


Some sort of liveaboard harryproa seems like my next cruising boat. I
am interested in both sampling the experience, and finding out if I
have the fortitude to build one. I have seen messages about a
trailerable design and I have some questions specific to using it to
"try out" the home build/proa idea.

1) trailerable as other specs (8'6" trailer width, <1000lbs with
trailer (negotiable))
2) build method as similar to proposed charter boat as possible, since
that is identified as simplest for larger boats
fast and easy on/off the trailer. this would be a daysailer, driving 2
hours to the water, set it up, sail for a few hours, break it down,
trailer it 2 hours home.
3) I am heavy (300lbs), so the crew weight (3 of us) would be about
550lbs. We would like to be able to invite another 2 adults and a
child and still sail it well, so total crew weight could be 900 lbs.
4) Enclosed head
5) sail without getting wet
6) camping propane stove
7) comfy seats and table to eat at
8) standing headroom (fold down bimini ok)
9) rain protected
10) will never be INTENTIONALLY sailed in > 20 kts
11) ballestron rig

I won't be racing, but I will want performance comparable to what we
have heard from Rare Bird and the charter proa design (i.e. windspeed
up to 15 knots). I *don't* want to fly a hull!! (I'm timid)

1) What would plan cost be?
2) would plans include info on resin infusion and building a table,
etc, etc? Or at least point me to such info?
2) Estimated build time (novice.. experienced with epoxy/fiberglass,
even some with carbon mat as reinforement, but never built a boat). If
you prefer, you can supply "average estimated build" and I will put in
my own "idiot factor" multiplier
3) Would it be close to the "trailer sailer" layout jpg I see posted
in the forums? What are hull lengths?
4) When could I start? I have a building available this summer/fall,
but it is not heated
5) material cost? availablity?

I was originally intending to build a catamaran dingy (10-12') using
KSS to get started on, but I have been unable to obtain any plans from
Derek Kelsall (2 months trying), so I am considering alternative.

BTW, I live in Pennsylvania (US).

- Gardner

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