So, the other day, a reader of this blog dropped me a line asking…
“What do you think the best VolksCruiser design to build is?”
Which, sorta/kinda, stopped me in my tracks.
First of all, I don’t really truck all that well with the concept of “best” where boats are concerned. It’s a fool’s game to try and quantify something that, at best, is a compromise and, in case you haven’t been paying attention; All boat are a compromise.
That said, I do like a good conundrum so I decided to make a list of elements that I consider to be needful for inclusion on such a beast:
- Small with a livable (spelled comfortable) interior.
- Shoal draft
- Simple rig (spelled inexpensive)
- No expensive systems
- Quick to build
Pretty simple when you think about it. Oh yeah, I expect I’ll get some emails saying why wasn’t “seaworthy” on that list and in my defense I’ll just say that, as far as I’m concerned, seaworthiness should always be a given in any boat you build or sail so not exactly something for the need/want list.
Considering that I don’t think there’s a boat that would be “best” given the need/want list a few boats do pop to mind.
- Jessie Cooper
- Laura Cove
- L’ Étroit Mousquetaire
- Pop 25
- Skrowl 900
None of them are perfect but they all will do the job and are worth taking a closer look to ascertain what comes closest to your idea of what would work for you.
More soon come on the Ranger 26 front…