This paper describes the design, construction, and performance of the 27 foot sailboat "Problem Child". The design segment includes the reasons for undertaking such a project, the thought processes that shaped the boat, and the tools used to put the ideas on paper. The construction portion describes building the strongback, laying up the hull and attaching the keel, deck hardware and mast and the launching. A description of construction materials and processes is also included. Finally, an analysis of the performance, strengths and weaknesses and lessons learned provide feedback to assess the original design concept.

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