For years I've dreamt about building my own designed racing dinghy/multihull A couple of years ago I almost started and I hooked up with a Naval Architect from Australia who was a whiz at producing CAD renders and buoyancy calculations. However, when I started to add up the cost of the project I was taking a big risk. At that time another forum friend from Norway reminded me that it was very easy to design and build a boat. But extremely difficult to design and build a FAST boat.
Now that I have settled into IOM racing I'm sure I can afford to have a go at building my own boat. If this design isn't as fast as I hope then it would only cost £12.00 for balsa and approx £6.00 for the fibre glass and resin. The radio gear and servo's which will cost in the region of £60.00 will be put into the mark two version. As for the Rigs and Foils I'm designing the hull to take the Lintel's so I can swap around depending on conditions.
The design itself reflects the Lintel's in that it is hard chined but also encompasses a narrower bow and beam and less rocker. The overall hull is quite flat to give a lot of buoyancy with the deepest part of the rocker forward of the mast and widest part of the beam around the keel area. I'm a firm believer in the KISS (keep it simple stupid) principles of design and construction so there's nothing too complex as I don't have the relevant draughtsmanship or computer skills to produce ubber designs.
So, last Thursday I sharpened my 4H pencil and got underway.