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Has anyone in the forum built a Hitia 15 or 17 as a first project before jumping to building a bigger boat?

  • Learn the techniques and skills on a smaller project so building the next project you'll do it better where quality matters more (off coast rather than a lake or bay).
  • All costs are lower.
  • Find out the Hitia is enough boat for now.
  • Can build closer to home.

If anyone has experience that shows that this is a bad idea - I'd love to hear it.  I really like the idea of building a boat and sailing it but don't want to waste too much time if its the wrong path.

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I built a hitia 17 partly for the reasons you describe.

Its a good idea. You get at feeling for the process and the the immensity of building a bigger boat :)

The hitia is also a great little boat. We still use it as a beach catamaran in the summertime. I now also have a tiki 21.

I am somewhat looking for a bigger wharram. Would not build from scratch, but perhaps finish a project boat.

I picked up the plans for the melanesia.  If I can't build that - then anything bigger would be a mistake.

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