from what ive found out Chris Mashford designed that 10m version under the name Vortex and was built in WA by Bunbury Fibre Glass. The 50ft Monocat in question for sale
in QLD was not his only one! theres one other 50 footer called 'Silver Bullet' built in New Zealand
, i haven't seen that one? but assume its the same Hull
as the Mashford Monocat 50 here in QLD, apparently it won the NZ to Tonga
Rally in some year? so must sail ok.
Im actually seeing that QLD Monocat 50 today! (19/12/15 11:00) maybe the Dealer can shed more light?
Re: Keels, the Monocat 50 has two! the main one aft of the mast
is a lift
keel and yes it is Ballasted 3Ton, then there's an un-ballasted Daggerboard forward of the mast
. Chris designed the monocat 50 along the lines of Jacques Cousteau's Monocat 'Alcycone' designed by naval architects Bureau Mauric, that was 100footer launched 1/3/85, but i don't know if ideas were shared in any joint venture? or if this 50 foot version of Alcyone is purely just off Chris's own drawings.
There's also another french designer
Philippe Renaudeau that i emailed (just in case he new something on Chris's monocat) that has a Monocat 50 design, more modern, great looking deck saloon
layout, a Twin Keel but bilge
keels this time of 2.9 ton total ballast, Philippe's hull is completely different too.
I'll get back after i see this Mashford Monocat, try and post some snaps as well.