After many months, if not years, of thinking and talking about it, I have finally made up my mind. I am going to have a sailing boat built. Big enough to live on, and use as my future home. But also not too big to handle by myself.
I have chosen for the Dix 43, with a steel hull and centre cockpit, designed by Dudley Dix Yacht Design. I like steel hulls, because they are easy to maintain and repair, without needing sophisticated tools and methods. I don’t mind the extra weight, as speed is not really an issue for the cruising that I have in mind. The centre cockpit allows for a good view in all directions, important when cruising and maneuvering alone. Also it lets me build a nice big cabin aft, in addition to the 2 possible double cabins ahead. I will sacrifice one of the cabins ahead to build a little workshop and storage room.
The Dix 43 is a radius chine steel cutter with the following main dimensions:
LOA 13.35m, LWL 11.87m, Beam 4.10m, Draft 1.80m
Displacement 14.3 tons, ballast 4000kg. Sail area (Main + Fore-triangle) 91.44 m2
I am still looking for a place to build her, preferably in China, Vietnam, or Thailand.
Also I am considering a number of modifications to the hull, and I am making a ‘wish list’ of how I want to do the outfitting. I hope to be able to start in the second half of 2008. I expect the hull construction to take about 3 months, and the outfitting another 9 -12 months. I will regularly report on the progress here.