Originally Posted by meyermm
Secondly I would challenge you on the point of average cruising equipment
levels both for comfort and safety
No offense taken
But I don't agree with any lack of safety. Just because sails may be ready for replacement does not mean they are unsafe. They are not at their optimum for racing
, but they are quite OK for going upwind or getting off a lee shore or for avoiding embayment.
As for creature comforts I can tell you that you are mistaken about what you think is being trundled accross the pacific or atlantic!
Those with watermakers are in the minority
. However we would dearly love one! A biggie!
Fortunately cruising is not 'one size fits all'.
I am just commending you to action now, not in 5 years!
If you can afford a watermaker now, excellent! But don't keep working at the grindstone for years to buy something that is not really necessary
That goes for cupaccino machines and eletric winches too... fun they may be but not imho worth sitting in an office for a moment longer to pay for them.
I am not ridiculing your research
or your efforts to buy the right equipment but are you sure you are looking at the right figures?
I note a Cabo Rico 38
: 44hp diesel
; fuel: 58 gals; water: 150 gals;
Can't you see that its water and my water are virtually the same? 150gals = 550 ltires
Its dispalcement of 12 tons on a smaller engine, in fact its lead in the keel is more than my entire displacement
. Of coure it needs the extra 20 gals of fuel because it would burn twice the amount of fuel I burn.
Plus where would you fit a watermaker? I've ben on one recently and it would be a tight squeeze. Partialy due to its LWL being 6 feet shorter than mine.
I am not slagging Cabo Rico's, they are fine boats.
Anyway, I've given enough here to be either helpful at least thought provoking.
Maybe you can help by giving some examples of boats you are more in favor of.