- 6 to 8 meters in length, the smallest that can do what I want.
- FreeEMS (petrol) powered, the smallest/lightest/cheapest setup that can push her fast enough fully laden
- Some sort of cabin at the front for storage and shelter
- Sleeps 2 up front comfortably enough (1.9 to 2.1m of bunk length)
- Front deck not a death trap IE, flat for walking/standing on, counter examples are easy to find
- A windscreen of some sort to shield the skipper from wind and spray
- Enough rear space for fishing and other activities, what enough is, I do not know, but can gauge as a I start to draw things.
- Constructed with foam sandwich, even if it's just cheap polystyrene and thin flexible plywood
- Ability to be driven onto a sand beach with no damage at low speed (prop and steering gear must be protected)
- Underfloor tanks for fuel only. Food and water and refrigeration etc provided by chillybin/cooler/icechest/bottled water/etc.
- Rear deck self-draining and/or sump and pump
- Unsinkable if swamped, IE, floatation chambers/blocks of foam/etc.
- 12V system for nav lights, instrumentation, engine starting, maybe some music, if so, two and isolation.
- Simple anchoring system, 3 to 6m of light chain, a fairly light style of anchor, and maybe 100m of light rope, terminated in a float capable of supporting all of it, such that it can be jettisoned to chase a fish in a hurry, or if carelessly dropped.
My goals are conflicting here:
I would want it to be stable, ie, flat bottomed, but I would want it to be comfortable at speed, ie, deep V bottomed.
I would want it to be attractive, and efficient and comfortable into a seaway, but I would want it to be easy to construct with a lot of flatness.
Thought required on how to overcome this. Perhaps just learn to form foam cored sandwich around a shape and skip the flatness.
Deep V is OK with an outboard, but becomes a pain with a traditional drive line. Thought required to mitigate that, perhaps using $$$ to acquire a stern drive setup.