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Old 16-11-2007, 16:22   #1
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DREAM BOAT

WHAT IS YOUR NUMBER ONE DREAM BOAT 65' or LESS? MONEY IS NO OBJECT.


Mine would be the GUNBOAT 62 Catamaran.

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Old 16-11-2007, 16:30   #2
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It is a hard choice but for a Power option:

Azimut or Ferretti

and for Cats:

Yapluka

These are no-brainers for me in those two categories.
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Old 16-11-2007, 17:16   #3
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Sign me up for a custom built 65' Hinckley please.

I assume I get crewed to go with it.... right? Blonde swedish crew that can cook to 5 star standards and who go got kicked off the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders squad for displaying nudity to a middle age chunky guy due to her fetish for same.



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Old 16-11-2007, 18:46   #4
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A Chris White Atlantic 57. The perfect short handed world cruising cat.
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Old 16-11-2007, 19:02   #5
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I really can't say anything bad about my current boat. I love it and really can't see myself in anything different at the moment. However, before I got her, my ideal boat was something along the lines of:

Around 30'
Ferrocement
Monohull
Full Keel
Cutter Rigged
Shallow-ish draft(less than 4 feet)

Even if I had plenty of money, I'd still probably have looked for something along these lines, at least as a first boat.
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Old 16-11-2007, 19:09   #6
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Tried a similar thread as poster before . . . found it fizzled out. For my tuppence worth . . . I skipper charter cats annually and realise the space benifits . . am amazed by the "views" figure on ANY cat subject or thread, you guys out there seem to love them . . and obviously cruise them, but. . .I am a monohull guy by . . . by what . . . familiarity, seakeeping, indoctrination, circumnav aspirations that include the great capes (foolishly maybe) simplicity (one engine), wind spilling that if you get wrong on a cat, you,re already turtle. . . possible basic misunderstanding of the (myriad) benefits of cats here. . . and !! not familiar with enough models to give a no expense suggestion, so here goes monoholl . . . Passport 456, Hylas 47, Hans Christian 48T, and maybe for pure safe (no capes) comfort . . a Jeanneau 54DS . . . please excuse my ramblings . . I am a soul that has on the liquid night did stray. . .
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It is not a dream anymore I could not find my dreamboat after retiring 7 years ago and decided to have it designed and built and I am now sailing her , it is the FastCat 435 A Gunboat is very nice , actually a fantastic boat but i wanted it to be able to sail single handedly and a 42 to 45 ft cat is a good size both to live on and to handle by myself.
Also 2 king sized beds is enough for my cruises
Below I have attached and why I had her designed and what I wanted in the boat
When I first started building her it was just for myself but soon sailors started to ask if they could also have a cat like this one and now we are sold out until 2010.



Six years ago I started looking to find the perfect Catamaran with the following
wish list.
Very comfortable for 4 people to live on for long periods.
2 king sized beds and standing height true out.
Good performance and pointing capability
Clean uncluttered deck for safety.
360 degrees visibility inside the saloon and in the cockpit
A good payload for long trips
Possible to sail single handed.
I came to the conclusions that present Catamarans where very comfortable and
good to live on but they where in now way fast.
Some are very fast but no comfort or loading capability at all.
Therefore I decided to develop and built my vision of what the future catamaran
should be like.
I noticed that almost all Cats where to heavy and therefore needed a waterline
length to width of 1:8 or 1:9 and because of this could never point well or make
good speeds.
By decreasing the weight I thought it should be possible to make the waterline
length to width ratio 1:12,5 and that is what I did .
I was able to decrease the weight with more then 40 % compared with present
day Catamarans by using the most modern techniques available and by carefully
watching the weight of everything installed on the boat.
The FastCat 435 is built with the new Vector-K technique:
That is short for Epoxy resin infusion with Kevlar / glass / carbon /basalt fiber and Divinycell foam without gellcoat but spray painted in Awl grip 2 component paint.
The result of that is an extremely light laminate (5, 1 kilo per m2 11 lbs ) compared with 13 kilo’s for a normal hand laminated boat
The total weight of the prototype came out below 8 tons in the water or more
then 5 tons lighter then any comparable production catamaran in the same size.
I sailed the prototype 30000 NM over the last 2 years to see where we could
improve on the design, ergonomics, weight, beauty, practicality etc. and
averaged over 10 knots on the trip from Durban South Africa via Miami and
the Azores to Amsterdam.
Because of this trip we where able to improve the first production 435 and have
decreased the total weight with 2 tons to
5987 kilo’s in the water ready to sail and have improved the cat in many other
ways as well.
Therefore she also has a payload of 5000 kg plus a full tank of water (500 L) and
diesel (500 L) according to CE A requirements.
We now have a Catamaran that point’s up to 35 degrees apparent while
maintaining good speed while we have reached top speeds of well over 20 knots
in flat water on reaches.
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My dream boat is any catamaran that maintains itself, especially down in the engine compartments. I would like it to have perfect rigging so I don't have to keep replacing wires with broken strands. I want the bridgedeck so high that it never slams. I would also like one in which I never get seasick. Of course, I want all roller furling sails with perfect furlers that never jam and sails that never blow out. I want to always sail at twenty-five knots to my destination and still have a safe and comfortable ride. I would also like one that could never capsize.

So far I haven't found my dream boat.
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Old 17-11-2007, 09:17   #11
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If unfamiliar with exactly how much of a dreamboat a Hinckley can really be.... get a taste by going here:


The Hinckley Company


Check out the pics they have of the Sou'wester 70. A better "dream boat" of blue water capable, drop dead gorgeous, unsurpassed quality and exquisite woodworking I really cannot think of, particularly in a new boat with all the cutting edge gizmos and such.

Shame I dont have the $5M+ this would surely run.



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Old 17-11-2007, 10:29   #12
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One of these with a diesel electric drive, and LOTS of solar power.

Chris White Designs

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Old 17-11-2007, 12:48   #13
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One of these with a diesel electric drive, and LOTS of solar power.

Chris White Designs


The problem with Chris WHite deisgns is that there is no livable cockpit in the back. If you have lived on a cruising cat for any length of time you would quickly understand how valuable this space is.

Other than that I love Chris White designs but that alone would not lead me to buy one.

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I sailed the prototype 30000 NM over the last 2 years to see where we could
improve on the design, ergonomics, weight, beauty, practicality etc. and
averaged over 10 knots on the trip from Durban South Africa via Miami and
the Azores to Amsterdam.

We now have a Catamaran that pointís up to 35 degrees apparent while
maintaining good speed while we have reached top speeds of well over 20 knots
in flat water on reaches.
Top speeds do not mean much but average speed is what matters to me. This sounds like a great boat and that you have really been thoughtful in the design.

How much do they cost with all the goodies?

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The problem with Chris White designs is that there is no livable cockpit in the back.

Keegan
This was an issue for us when we looked at the 55. Is has room but nothing built-in and and therefor not inviting. However, the 57 has a couple of benches in the back. You could always build a more traditional back deck but you would loose the ability to stow your dink on deck. Stowing your dink on the back deck seems valuable if you get caught in something nasty offshore.

I'm clearly biased. I just ordered a new 57.

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