Originally Posted by thruska
I've acquired 4inch SS heavy walled tubes about 8 ft long, I will attach plate at bottom with 4inch hole.
However the alternative is to attach to pilothouse instead of aft cabin
, either setup will not require recoil for wire in my case. At least at this stage of the project
In past projects requiring recoils for wires I've used units from portable dish washers. Also recoils for light cords or heavier ones designed for air hose reels. Of course that depending on length and size of what you need to recoil.
Have you found a boat or in design mode?
Very useful information thruska. Thank you. Correct me if I'm wrong but I think your talking about the cord recoil also found in hairdryers.
I'm still in the shopping
mode mode. Pretty well settled on what I don't want while narrowing down to 3 choices. First I'm set on the Lagoon
cats. I love the layouts of owners in the 56 and 62. I don't like the 52 because of bad reports on speed under sail. I also can't get past the ugliness of the mast
in the salon
. Different if it was a monohull
but very out of place on the cat IMHO.
Then there is the tried and trusted L450. Nifty under sail. Stable at sea and the owners layout is nice.
difference between new and two or three years old in the 450 is dramatic. So if I chose the baby of the 3 models I would buy 2 or 3 years old. The L560 is really a nice cat. I love the layout. Especially the owners version where you can come and go from the master cabin from a hatch
door onto the cockpit
. Also the VIP cabin is great as well. The L560 is holding its price
better than the L450 but it seems to be harder to sell in the after market. I think it's slow sales compared to the L450 is because it's nearly double the price.
Then you come to my dream boat. The L620. Owners version with galley
downstairs. I've even seen models with a jacuzzi in the master suite bathroom.
interesting thing is that it's only a 200K or so more than the L560. That is on the previous owned market.
I've been told to cross the L620 off my list because it just too big for single
or couple handling. I really don't buy that since I know from my powerboat days many powerboat erst have brought on 60 foot plus vessels single
handed. With electric
winches everywhere I think it's very manageable. Only issue would be having to manhandle the mainsail
if it gets stuck.
, haul out
, bottom cleaning
and marina slips charges will be almost 2/3 rd of the much smaller L450. Much larger engines will also burn more fuel
. But as in all things even on land if you want to live in a larger and nicer house you pay for it. My biggest concern is the social aspect. I would want to fit in to the local scene whatever marina or port I'm in without sticking out ostentatiously. I think you get the idea.
So all in all I'm coming back to choosing between the L450 and the L560. The L450 has a lot of advantages. Lower profile in not drawing attention to oneself. With the price difference between the L450 and L560 I could take that money
and buy my onwards slip or slips. While also upgrading with all the stuff I really want like a solar system to kill for and that amazing Flur rotating very long distance night vision camera
. Also a jet tender
would be great as well.
I may reverse myself and just go ahead and buy new either the L450 or L560. The next 6 to 8 months I plan, all things going well, to make my final decision. Much will depend on what I also choose to do with my business interests. I could very well see entertaining business associates on the L620 both on the east coast
of the USA and using it as a base while doing business in Europe
So many issues to think about. In the meantime I'm learning
as much as I can on all the systems onboard. Such as how best to set up the solar. One way or the other I plan to take the plunge early next year (if not sooner). Using the time now to learn, learn, and learn more.