I am considering building a boat and in my obsession I have been looking at designs. Here is the deal. I have been looking at the Bruce Roberts Centennial Spray 45 or 50 and the Bombigher 38-40 or 44-40. I like the look of the Bombigher immensley. I saw the design and loved it, I saw photos of completed boats and love them as well. This is not to say that I don't like the BR C-Spray. It is a beautiful boat but not exactly what I want. Close, but not all the way the way there.
Here is the down side. I don't know if I can get any support from Bombigher, considering that he is no longer among the living, and BR states very clearly that you get as much support as you think you need. Bombigher has stated that all of there designs have very extensive instructions and this fact may make it so i wont really need support I can't get elsewhere. Also, as much as I like the look of the designs, I don't know enough about these boats to tell what would make a better sailboat. I plan to be a live-aboard and eventually do extensive blue water cruising. This is all stuff I need to learn more about over the years of planning and building but while considering future plans in building, I am curious as to the opinions of others about these designs.
Not many designers draw these styles of boats. Most are sleek and pointed and not my style. I really like the old "Pirate Ship" style and I want it to be as much along the style of old sailing ships as possible while still being safe and capable.
I would consider another designer if they are superior in safety and support for the builder as long as there designs are along the sort I am looking at.
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