I’ll go out on a limb and say the driving force behind designing a scow is getting the most useable volume possible within a small envelope while cutting costs in the process.
So, here’s a very interesting 28-foot scow.
The l’Optimum 28 by Gildas Plessis shows how you can sorta/kinda put the accommodation of a 45-foot sailboat into a 28-foot envelope. Its plywood and epoxy build is well within the skill set of anyone who can build a dinghy. If that’s too difficult it is also available as a kit with all the ply pre-cut.
The downside for me is that it is still going to cost you about the same as a 45-foot Bendytoy clone because while it’s only 28′ it is still going to weigh a lot more than you want to pay for. However, if you’re looking for a bigger boat for long-term family cruising something like this might be just what you’re looking for in theory.
While I like this design it is far from being a VolksCruiser but, hopefully, it might inspire some designers to VolksCruiserize it and turn it into a more budget-centric project with a shoal draft and affordable rig.
Next up I’ll get into some VolksCruiserish territory on budgets as well as some more scows in the pipeline…