Hello all! Sorry this is long, but I feel I have to explain in some depth...
I am in the process of looking for the next boat to build. This will be my second boat, the first was a small 10' dinghy I built from plans.
I want to build a boat more suited for more than one person. My 10' dinghy is fine for me alone, but add a second person and it's kinda small. Also, the aesthetic properties are extremely important to me. I want to build a boat with the appearance of a traditional rowing craft. This is where my interest in the Chester Yawl begins. Also, although I feel confident that I can build a boat from plans, time is always tight and the CLC kits are very appealing.
So I love the way the hull of the Chester Yawl looks. It's exactly what I'm looking for. Lapstrake, wineglass transom, beautiful lines... and the size is just right. However, what I don't like about the kit are the seats and floor. I know they provide a lot of flexibility, and from a practical aspect make so much sense, I want to build a boat with a more traditional craft look throughout. So I'm thinking - can I have the best of both worlds? Can I buy the kit, build the hull, but add my own custom bench-type seats?
I think the hardest part would be finding the right position for a fixed bench seat. Mayb even two bench seats - one about midway for a single passanger, and another just behind the front compartment, which would serve as the rowing station with a passenger sitting in the back...
I've taken one of the images from CLC's website and photoshoped a bench seat in there to illustrate my idea. I hope I'm not infringing on anyone's rights by retouching their photo, but I wanted to see what it would look like...
I would love to hear feedback and thoughts and opinions about this approach.
Thank you all in advance!