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Old 09-07-2014, 14:53   #286
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Re: At The Risk of Starting WWlll

Thats what I was going to say, too. Try smashing your boat into something of value, and the judge will confirm that you are indeed, the Captain.

This thread has pointed out something else to me that I hadn't really considered. Apparently catamaran sailors know a lot more about both configurations than monohull sailors in general.

I think that's because most of us start out in monos ( mine was an AMF Sunbird 16 ft.) and graduate to multihulls when we get older and wiser.
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Thats what I was going to say, too. Try smashing your boat into something of value, and the judge will confirm that you are indeed, the Captain.

This thread has pointed out something else to me that I hadn't really considered. Apparently catamaran sailors know a lot more about both configurations than monohull sailors in general.

I think that's because most of us start out in monos ( mine was an AMF Sunbird 16 ft.) and graduate to multihulls when we get older and wiser.
It's because ALL primary sail training is taken aboard a monohull, so nearly ALL people who received any formal training at all did it aboard a mono-hull sailboat.

To a smaller degree, it's also because Multihulls, for the most part, are only practical for cruising and liveaboard in larger sizes, mostly in the 6 figure range.

Also, multihull confifurations for cruising cats are relatively new. 10-20 year old cruising catamarans have only recently become widely available, where as 10-40 year old monohull boats have "always" been widely available.

In the smaller sizes, the Catamaran suffers from the lack of a real cockpit and greater difficulty in towing, so trailer sailors also tend toward monohulls.
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Old 12-07-2014, 14:04   #288
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Re: At The Risk of Starting WWlll

Like religion, it is pointless to argue with something so personal as faith.

However if the known and desired effect is a large stable platform then the ranks of the converted....continue to grow.
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Old 12-07-2014, 15:21   #289
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Like religion, it is pointless to argue with something so personal as faith.

However if the known and desired effect is a large stable platform then the ranks of the converted....continue to grow.
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To a smaller degree, it's also because Multihulls, for the most part, are only practical for cruising and liveaboard in larger sizes, mostly in the 6 figure range.
I agree to a point, but I have found several Multihulls in the 40' range that are well below 6 figures. The ones I've looked at are 50,000-70,000. Maybe 40' isn't considered a larger size to most people.
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Bottom line here, if it is your fault you are the captain.

Exactly.......
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Let's hear them, we can go through them one by one. Maybe you have a gem (no pun intended) I haven't seen. I did state "practical for cruising". To me that means a top cabin, standing and walking room throughout, and I should have added "for two". The Gemini comes close, but I dunno... it's a bit tight. That's my possible exception to the rule

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Ok, so this one is a little more than 50' and needs $12,000 in refit. The others are around you just gotta look for them.

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Cold molded plywood in a fiberglass skin... What are the implications of that type of construction? As a corollary matter, non-standard and custom boats seem often to have lower asking prices. Are they insanely expensive/difficult/unpredictable to maintain?


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Cold molded plywood in a fiberglass skin... What are the implications of that type of construction? As a corollary matter, non-standard and custom boats seem often to have lower asking prices. Are they insanely expensive/difficult/unpredictable to maintain?


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Ok, so what are the implications of cold molded plywood in a fiberglass skin?
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None, it works great...many folks here seem overly concerned with resale value. Custom or handmade boats are an unknown. People are more comfortable with a "brand". But cold molded and sheathed ply is a great boat and even small ship construction material.


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Ok, so what are the implications of cold molded plywood in a fiberglass skin?
Home made/DIY.
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Home made/DIY.
I could be wrong, but even the very first boat ever built was home made. So just because a boat doesn't come off a production line it's no good?
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You need a naval inspector to help you decide if a boat is any good, branded or home built, makes no difference. If it's solid and performs as designed and claimed, then it's a good boat


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I could be wrong, but even the very first boat ever built was home made. So just because a boat doesn't come off a production line it's no good?
He didn't say it was no good, only that it was homemade/DIY.
You inferred that as being 'no good', so maybe ask yourself the same question.

Production boats use female molds and are made of fiberglass because it is the fastest way to make the same boat more than once.

Wood will rot if not taken care of, so how good the boat is depends entirely on how well it was built and then how well it was maintained.
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