Dashew Offshore Designs

I am curious what boats you are designing and building other than BEOWULF. I am actually looking for a boat in the mid-40’s and I am dissatisfied with anything currently available on the brokerage market. To complicate things a little my last boat was a cruising pilothouse multihull, Atlantic 42, which I loved but was impractical for Northeast cruising. Regards, Kevin

Hi Kevin: Over the years we’ve done a variety of sizes from 57′ to 80′–all of which have been designed to the same principles, i.e. optimized for couples who want to sail offshore with a weather eye peeled towards unpleasant conditions. These have all been built with watertight bulkheads and scantlings which enable them to perform when the chips are down.

We’ve looked at doing a small boat many times–and recognize there is a substantial market for such a product–but have never been able to find the time. For better or worse, the big boat end of the business has been good to us, and we can control the end product. With a smaller boat, we’d be forced to rely much more on a builder and it would be tougher be sure we were getting what we wanted.

I realize this doesn’t satisfy your requirements, but occasionally there comes along an interesting one off in the size range you want. The key is to keep looking. Good Luck–Steve Dashew

Posted by Steve Dashew  (November 30, 1999)

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