Hmmm, interesting. I spent ages flipping between choosing the Pahi 26 (most favoured) and the Tiki (26 & 21). After much guidance from people on this site (& finally realising that I was being a whimp), I eventually resolved to build the Pahi. I have since (recently) begun building my very first (much smaller) boat, to see how I go with boatbuilding. It's an Ulau, since I like the traditional ethnic type designs and really enjoy padling outrigger canoes. (I'm blogging it, so if anyone's curious, have a look at http://scottyscanoe.blogspot.com ). Only difference is that it's strip planked instead of ply.
Anyway, now I've found the boatbuilding process isn't the big scary monster I thought it'd be (so far), it's now got me curious about a Child of the Sea instead of a Pahi. It's still early days yet, but could I possibly extend my newfound bravery to eventually building a CotS?
Obviously it'd be much bigger/expensive/time consuming to build, plus it'd be more of a handful to sail singlehanded, but Glen seems to go ok. I don't know much about the crab claw rig yet either, but it sounds like it has certain benefits. The extra room would be great when I take family & friends sailing, and the possibilities for coastal (& even ocean) cruising would be even greater than the Pahi.
So what do you reckon? Am I having myself on? Am I just a "Glen Tieman Wannabe"?
(Many apologies to all who have patiently put up with my stupid queries like this so far).