Originally Posted by downunder
Even going slow with the French cats you will still be pushing dead weight around (heavy motors and hull) no matter what you do meaning the range you seek is compromised.
Go back to the figures catmdo quoted
Cumberland 46 catamaran specification | Fountaine Pajot | Multihull Solutions
15lph @ 8 knots for 850nm
6.8lph @ 8 knots for 3500nm
IMP 55 power cat
These will be correct. You need to be aiming for around 1litre per nautical mile to give you the range and that means you need relative light weight and more waterline lenght than 40ft (preferably 50ft+) to carry the fuel load and motors max 150HP. The right design has been proven to achieve this with cruising speeds around 8 knots and sprint speeds 16-20.
There are vessels that can do it but not the French cats. Yes they might be nice inside but will not meet your distance requirements. No way.
It is good you are chartering one.
Have to say that being able to do 1000 miles or just under at 8 knots is probably as far as I am ever likely to go in one hop and I am currently awaiting further info about the difference between the 44 and 46 and stuff on specific boats from agents but it obviously isnt going to be cheap
in a Cumberland. I am not going to say that fuel costs are not going to be a consideration but I think the luxury nterior has a higher priority for me than fuel economy and the high consumption
may not really be that important if I dont do much mileage and engine
hours which is quite likely considering the boat will not be going between The Med and Asia
Most likely I will stay in one place until bored and then move on to another nearby location as basically this boat is my retirement
home and I just intend to potter around catching up with friends all over the location where I plan to locate it be it Asia
or The Med. Most likely it will be Asia though as I know more people around that part of the world.
I have found a charter
place in Thailand
that has Leopards and Cumberlands and I will be there sometime in late April so will check them out personally when there.
I also have a friend in the South of France
and another in Portugal/Southern Spain
regin who are boat knowledgeable and am getting them to check a few boats out too on my behalf
My main problem however is that I havent slept properly for 4 days now as I have developed this obsessionn with reading everything I can about all these boats on the nternet and now I desperately need some sleep which will be followed by visits to the Marinas
around Melbourne and Morninbgton penninsular uring the next two weeks as and when I find the time.
here are a zillion videos on You Tube and elsewhere on the internet
and I am only just beginning to scratch the surface and this is going to prove to be a long and complex procedure that I willd efinitely not rush.