I haven't posted since November 2009 when I started my C21. I finished my boat about a year ago and probably would have finished earlier if I could have maintained my confidence throughout the project. Unfortunately many unknowning-know-it-alls have a tendancy of scraping away the niaeve convidence sometimes required to complete a project of this magnitude. It is unfortunate that human nature puts emphasis on negitivity and not those positive reaffirming comments from the people who have built things with their own hands and understand that someone somewhere has to build the things we all live, work and play in.
It is amazing how building a boat reveals to you how many people have also built a boat at some stage in their lives.
A word of caution however, be prepared, it is a mission and one not for those without grit and determination. Having said that I am seriously considering doing it again at some stage in my life. I have made a promise to my son that when he gets older I will help him build his own boat, an experience I hope gives him the statisfaction and convidence it has given me, misus the mistakes.
Now that I have tested my boat in many different conditions, I would say to anyone who is doubting the, strength, handling, seaworthiness, and style of a boat like this, take some solace in my affirmation that I now have 100% confidence in my boat. I have a few things that need finishing, but since fishing now once again fills my spare time I am not to concerned about the few unfinished items requireing my attention.
I have a few questions for the designer;
1 Can I remove the two boxes/seats attached to the motorwell, bulkhead G if I remember correctly? I would like to make more room to walk around, especially if I turn it into a cabin boat and remove the centerconsole.
2 I think the boat is a little to light and in slightly rough weather it really takes a pounding. Swell is fine, but chop is horrible, i really have to slow down to a crawl (<10km/hr heading into 15kn winds, when 50km offshore this is very annoying). I cant trim the motor in any further, and I dont beleive this would help anyway. It seems that the nose just doesnt have enough wieght in it to push through any chop and it just seems to slap very very hard. I left the bung out the other day and the hull got a significant amount of water in it. When I ran like this through the water the additional weight improved the ride considerably. Can I ride like this in rough weather?
I am thinking of turning it into a cabin boat to put more weight up front. Can this be done and do you beleive it would improve the ride at all? Or is it purely a factor resulting from the compromise of ride and stability of the shallow V (12 degrees)?