Here is the basic design:
Bob and I reviewed my requirements and wish-list for a boat.
- Need to be able to single-hand
- Easy access in/out of the water
- Capable of getting to BVI’s in decent weather
- Many hand-rails, lots of shade
- Minimal cabin – not a live-aboard, but comfy for a few nights
- Possibility to adapt to a motor-sailor, but primarily motor-powered
- Ability to deploy/recover scientific gear (davit, crane, or pot-puller)
- Under 35 ft
So, Bob did a ton of research and presented me with a several designs. I decided on the Redwing 26. She is a nice sized cruiser based on Chapelle’s lines (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_I._Chapelle), designed by Karl Stamba of Chesapeake Marine Designs (http://www.cmdboats.com/) . Bob’s adjusted the plans to fit my needs and Karl has been amazing on providing additional drawings and stuff when I get stuck.