Pop 25 building manual
The Pop 25 now has an illustrated building manual written in English. While the first boats of the class were being built, we learned about the doubts our clients were facing during their construction, and concentrated on those topics so not to leave other builders with extra difficulties.
We also discovered that our intention of designing the boat for electric auxiliary propulsion was shared with very few of our clients, most preferring to use a conventional sailboat diesel engine. Since we design for others, and not to please ourselves, we felt the need to produce new sheets dealing with the auxiliary diesel engine installation, so we added three more sheets to the project showing in details the changes required for the installation of the motor in the engine compartment.
The updated list of plans is this:
1 – LINES PLAN
Those who are already building the Pop 25 and would like to receive these extra plans (12A, 12B and 12C) and the building manual, which didn’t exist up to now, they just need to inform us and we send on-line to their e-mails with no cost.
Chapter 1 – Introduction
This building manual was written having in mind affording the possibility of building a low cost and easy to make offshore sailboat capable of performing ocean passages in comfort and safety.
Our challenge when producing this manual had two goals: the first priority was to design a seaworthy craft with accommodations below-decks seldom found in boats of this size; in the second place we wished to offer to the beginner a comprehensive and easy to be followed manual. Since we have large experience with projects for amateur construction and are specialized in designing offshore cruising sailboats, this proposition was a hurdle we were confident that we could overcome.
After producing the virtual assemblage of the project in the computer, we illustrated the whole construction with sketches and rendered images, step by step, resulting in a text that the most inexperienced builder wouldn’t find difficulty in understanding.
We wanted to design a sailboat with some modern trends, like twin keels, twin rudders, delta shaped beam distribution, sail plan with no backstay, fixed bowsprit and electric auxiliary propulsion, employing a motor with regenerative function, being able of charging its battery banks while propelled by its sails.
This manual has tips for the inexperienced builder that we insist categorically that shouldn’t be neglected, like saturating all parts of the interior surface with epoxy resin, sheathing the outside of the boat and the interior of the tanks with fibreglass, also saturated with epoxy resin, and many other hints like these.
We made this manual with the intention of providing our builders with the most complete set of information so that the finished boat represents a worthwhile investment at the end.
Our first and foremost objective when developing this project was to provide plans for amateur construction of a boat to be used intensively for dozens of years requiring minimum maintenance and providing maximum satisfaction along that time.
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