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  • home built Flica 37

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  • 24ft Strider sailing fast

  • 36ft Mirage open deck catamaran

This comment has actually nothing to do with the length of the boat. Rather it means that I build boats that look good from 50ft away.

If you have to come on board to see imperfections then to me that means you built to a "boat-show finish", something which takes VERY much longer to do. Furthermore however long you spend, you still have to be a good boatbuilder (something I am not) to achieve a finish like that. Of course if you come on board and complain about my build quality you don't get asked again!

If you can see imperfections from more than 50ft away then it is a pretty roughly finished boat, although it doesn't mean it isn't strong and seaworthy.

So, as I prefer sailing to boatbuilding, I feel that the "50ft boat" is a good compromise between quality and building speed.

And while I'm on the subject, although fancy graphics or clever details may look good on the shop floor remember that people - even you - actually see your boat from some distance away. I know it is hard to visualize a boat from a distance when you cannot step back, one reason why I prefer to fit windows and hull stripes after moving the boat outside. Fortunately these days it is easy to "Photoshop" a photo of an existing boat to see how your ideas will work in practice.

And because of this wide variation in the cosmetic finishing time any building time I quote will be "ex finishing".