Hi, I want to propose to start to create here a network of transport by cruisers, this not only can jump start sailing as lifestyle making it affordable but also to benefit all coastal areas of the world.
the cargo can be scrapyard metals, heavy parcels, etc while maintaining ballast when download with stones and water ballast.
That way any sailboat can deliver from any city with scrapyard to coastal areas and so they can develop precision machines and technology there to process bio-based resources or recycle thermoplastics, which benefits again sailing by producing boats with biobased epoxy, biobased fibers (flax, hemp, jute, etc), recycled glass glass fiber and thermoplastics (some of them stiffer than epoxy or plywood)
One of the ways to remove keel ballast is modifying any sailboat as a sharpie cat ketch or schooner with free-standing masts that reduces heeling while incorporating swing center board, and widening the stern. An update of cat ketch with today's hull design has been recently developed by rodger martin design with Presto 30 and other boats, that boat in particular is fast as today's competition sloops and can reach any coast, even more than some multihulls. and the boat stiffness don't depend from rigging while it's free-standing masts break at the base and can be reinstalled
Things start form 0 and I want to support this kind of initiatives, anyone wants to join?