you should mention it.... I just saw the most butt ugly new boat I have ever seen made all the worse because I saw it surrounded by a huge collection of some of the finest in the world.
WHERE? The Sancuary Cove Boat Show
, gold coast Australia
WHEN? last month (May)
WHAT? Mystery catamaran
I know this is a mono section but when it comes to ugly aren't they all equal?
DESIGN? They appear to have molded a set of old "Prout" hulls. The orginal "Prout 37" though had modest bridge deck
. No head
room. So the hulls would have been sound in original context (adequate bouyancy) but these poor knock offs (as they appear to be, my conjecture.) are hopelessly overwhelmed by the weigth of a full bridgedeck that looks like it was designed by a partnership
of Salvador Dali and Donald Duck on LSD. A hidious confusion of curves and square lines.
FINISH? The boat should be named the SY "Lumpy" The flat paint
they sprayed her with was not enough to hide all the sins though I'm sure it helped somewhat. I heard an onlooker say that he thought it looked like the grip deck
finish was apllied with a mop.
OBSERVATIONS? Though this boat was not yet rigged for the show it showed signs of being way short of bouyancy. With five people that I counted aboard, she sank well over four inches (100mm) above her antifoul at the stern. The first step on the transom was way underwater. From the other side of her I watched as a man sat on one of the high fashion little seats they had built into the pull pits. The bows sunk inches.... it wasn't a big guy. I would not want to be on this beast in a blow. From the way the paint
was chipped by the transom from what appeears to have been a minor touch... I suspect the paint was household acrylic
. The comments of passersby was good entertainment!
THE WORST OF IT? One of the major mags in OZ regulary takes "advertorial" or cash for comment pieces supplied by the advertiser and prints as a feature (a practice I do not condone and have refused to do) and they are looking pretty dumb now to all the people that actually saw the thing. If I can get a photo
up on this site I'll try to post later.
I remember the name Rienell from when I was a boat yard kid in the sixties. They made a respectable line of big runabouts and sedan cruisers that were popular trailer boats for sea of Cortez
. Maybe they tried to do a Macgregor