SuitsUs was my first boat to build back in 2000. It was a 14′ Stevenson Pocket Cruiser that was very easy to build, very roomy, and very stable. The wide flat bottom gave it the stability but also was a liability in chop where the bottom would pound like a drum. Setting a pattern that would follow throughout my boatbuilding, I didn’t exactly stick with the plans. When I first built the boat I used leeboards instead of bilgeboards and increased the sail area including the area of the jib. Later, I modified the boat by increasing the area of the cockpit through the use of a bridge deck and eliminated the headsail in favor of a traditional catboat rig. I ended up selling this boat after many years of enjoyment due to my move from Ohio to Georgia.
I have been using the Florida 120 facebook too keep people updated on my boatbuilding but that isn’t really what it is for. Several folks have requested a blog so here it is. The purpose of this Blog is to share my adventures in building and sailing boats. I built my first boat, a Stevenson Design Pocket Cruiser, back in 2000 and haven’t stopped building since. It is very addictive and a wonderful way to spend the cold months of the year. Since the Pocket Cruiser I have built 13 boats but the 14′ Pocket Cruiser is still my biggest. The boats I have built are summarized in following posts.