I am new to this forum and have no boat building experience. I did take on a old home and have been renovating it over the last couple of years. Once sold it will raise some much needed capital. The process is coming to completion and I am looking for another smaller project. I have some sailing experience in windsurfing, dingies, and crewed on a 51' tehini about 12 years ago. This consisted of some short trips along the South African coast line between Port Alfred and Knysna, then a 5000nm voyage in the Indian Ocean which lasted around 4months. Maintenance was an ongoing passtime, but consisted of small items, (scraping, lashing, painting, etc).
I am looking to build a Hitia 17' as I have limited space and I am located inland (600km from the nearest coastline) and would be sailing on inland dams. I am planning on moving down to the coast in the next year, but really want to start building before the end of this year. I also have a small vehicle so have to consider transporting it.
My intensions are to build a smaller design now with the possibility of moving on to bigger things. Unfortunately I am a graphic designer/developer in the digital space and get caught up in the details which might drive myself and everyone else around me crazy $%£&*!. If something is supposed to be straight, kinda straight is not acceptable. A smaller project will quickly reveal if I should buy something already made or embark on building something myself.
My questions are to anyone who has already built a hitia 17', obviously any other feedback is most welcome. I don't want to try and punch above my weight catagory, and seem greedy in gathering advice. My reasons for choosing the hitia 17' are from from what I have seen it cuts through the water well. If built properly looks professional, and seems to be a bit more intricate to build than the smaller wharram designs. It should quickly reveal if I have what it takes to attempt something bigger.
1. How informative are the plans, and easy to follow? My job often requires self study when adopting new technologies, but obviously I am a newbie at boat building.
2. Any specific tools that I should purchase before I begin construction?
3. Tips for trailer measurements as I would get something made for transportation.
Thankyou for taking the time to read my post, I look forward to hearing for you.