|A scan of Hope taken from Phil Bolger's book, "Small Boats"|
Copyright 1973 International Marine Publishing Company ISBN 0-87742-036-X
Both boats were built to order for customers here in Australia, but as is so often the case with custom-built boats, the customers wanted changes from the published plans. When purchasing the plans from Phil, I asked him about the proposed changes, and he was generous enough to trust my judgement with both the layout and the construction plan for my glued-lapstrake hull proposal.
One frequently hears of designers becoming irrate about changes being made to their plans without consultation and/or permission. A good designer will have thought over every element which goes into a design, and you had better be sure you know what you are up to before changing anything - even the smallest detail. Remember, when you purchase a plan, you are generally only purchasing permission to build a single boat to the design - the design remains the property of the designer. If you want to change something to make it your 'perfect boat', consider building a different design which doesn't need to be altered, or as I did, consult with the designer to see if he/she is prepared to allow the changes to be made.
|The first Hope under construction in my Brisbane workshop. This one was powered by a Yanmar 1GM10 9.2hp inboard diesel, and was fitted with a small cuddy-cabin.|
|The inboard Hope back at the boat ramp the evening following the first launching. The customer had gone home, and I was ready to relax with a drink after what had been a very long day of preparation.|
|That is me in 2004 - tired but happy after the Hope launching|
After eight years of using their Hope, the owners of the outboard-powered version are making some life-changes, and as part of that process they have put their boat on the market. Anybody who is seriously interested in this boat can email me via the address here , and I will put you in contact with the owners (I'll be away 2 November- 6 November, but the emails will be answered).
Here are some photos taken just the other day. The timber canopy is easily removable, and the cockpit is self-draining.