for the Week Ending February 16, 2003
I thought it
would be interesting to get some input on a basic question about the
daysailor that's been nagging me: is a diesel engine overkill or too
complex, or is it still preferable to an outboard? I love and value input
from you, faithful reader, so I posted a poll question to gather some results
from my unseen visitors. The poll is completely unscientific (hopefully no
one is voting more than once, but there's no way to tell), but assuming that the
results are genuine, it will help me understand if my own feelings on the matter
are what the public wants, or if I'm all wet.
click here to take the poll.
(Please only take it once!)
For the record, I
wish I could build this boat engineless, perhaps with a rudimentary removable
outboard bracket. If the boat were to be for my personal use, that is the
route I would take. It's not a cruising boat, it's not a distance-sailing
boat: it's just a fun day boat, to be used a couple hours at a time.
I would love to avoid the cost and complexity of an inboard engine, and since
I'm trying to build a boat purely for the enjoyment of sailing, my pipe dream is
to go engineless.
But I'm not dumb,
either (hey, I heard that...be nice, now!). I know that the boat
needs an engine. Very few people would be happy heading out with no
auxiliary means of propulsion. And I know that most people would never be
bothered with removing an ugly outboard from the transom constantly, especially
when it would need to be a relatively large one.
This leads back to the diesel engine
which was, after all, my first thought,
back in the concept stage. Deep down I think I know that a diesel engine
is the correct, and inevitable, choice. But before committing to this
direction, I figured it was worth checking with other boatowners and enthusiasts
(yup, that's you!). Early response to the poll has been strong, and the results
are pretty clear. Thank you all for the kind responses so far, and if you
haven't yet taken the poll--please
do so now.
here to see the results to date.
Updated each Sunday until the end of the poll period.
stuff--you get to climb inside my mind and thought process. Lucky
you. The barn is high on my mind most of the time, especially during this
slow and bitterly cold winter. The more I look into it, the more it looks
like wood is probably going to end up being the way to go. The steel
buildings aren't exactly cheap, and the costs don't include erection
onsite. I watched a video (do I need a life?) provided by one of the steel building
manufacturers I contacted, and their animation of the building construction left
me stunned by its complexity--much more challenging than I had thought.
here to see more about the barn design and the process.
On Wednesday, I
received an extremely kind offer from a website regular, who so happens to be an
architect: he volunteered to work on a barn design for me, at least one
that was detailed enough so that I could get some materials and building
estimates. Of course I accepted, but only after making it clear that he
would always have friendly place to visit and sail in Maine. I hope I can
return the favor sometime. So I spent some time putting my basic ideas and
requirements on paper and sending them to him.
Log for the Week
Ending February 23, 2003
Well, I had hoped
to travel south to Connecticut on Wednesday to visit a few stick-built barns in
the area that had been built by a fellow Triton owner there.
Unfortunately, snowy weather interfered with my travel, and I didn't end up
going. I made tentative plans to reschedule the trip within a week or
I continued to be
amazed and pleased at the response to my informal engine choice poll. The
results poured in, many with informative and insightful commentary as well.
When all polling is complete, I'll post some of the comments too.
here to see the cumulative results to date.
Other than some
additional discussion of the boat barn, as we continue to refine the
concept and ideas, there is no progress on the boat to report this week.
Since it's unlikely that the barn would be built on our current property,
efforts at the moment have been focused on finding the perfect property on which
to build the barn and house. One property that was high on our list
recently went under contract, so things are a bit unsure as we continue
searching and looking.
to March >