Originally Posted by Rick M
Good thoughts Chris. It is likely that the island hopping scenario will be the extent of our adventures. It is early and I do not want to rule
anything out too soon and the seaworthiness of the more blue water
craft is what is attractive. Looked at nordhavn, Selene, and Krogen. I like the pure displacement hull single engine
with wing configuration. Thrusters a must with one engine
. What research
I have done tells me the the three mentioned above likely will handle ocean conditions and following seas better than semi- displacement
even without stabilization. I would probably be OK popping offshore
and along the coast in a mainship or a albin but they seem a little less suitable for a crossing from Fla to the Bahamas
... Looking for all suitable options from practitioners perspectives... Thanks!
As with blue water
versus blue water... there's also sea worthiness and then there's sea worthiness
Read this Captain's Blog Stardate 2009: Terror on the high seas.
about a 42' Silverton running from Caicos to Dom Rep. The people felt more punishment than the boat did. I point this out as an example partly because it's probably the same kind of hull layup
as a Mainship, even though different shape, etc.
Agree ref semi-displacement versus displacement... but then again I don't think I'd worry much about it if that's what I could afford and still have enough left to run the boat and buy beer
BTW, we did not find a bow thruster necessary in our single-screw boat. Wouldn't turn one down, though. And they can be retrofitted, too. There were also times when it was difficult to dock
; we got over it. In any case, spring lines are your friend... and they don't break down as often as bow thrusters seem to.