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Old 16-05-2015, 08:14   #61
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I think it's a lot like the small pickups that are dying off.

Back when I bought my first car, I went with small pickup because it was the same cost as a compact car. Over time, they tried to match the full size pickups in terms of capability and bells & whistles to the point that for a small cost upgrade, you can just get the full size pickup.

I see a similar pattern with cats. Our boat was $95k new in 1995. The new ones are pushing $250k. Yes, 20yrs of inflation explains some of it but that's far more than inflation. At that price, I think a lot of people get drawn up to larger boats for a little bit more.

Another angle includes the number of larger than Mahe cats becoming available to the second hand market. And if we think a new Mahe was costly as a less than 36' cat, look at the new Gemini Legacy. IMVHO I think the Legacy is a design doomed to fail.
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Another angle includes the number of larger than Mahe cats on the second hand market. And if we think a new Mahe was costly as a less than 36' cat, look at the new Gemini Legacy. IMVHO I think the Legacy is a design doomed to fail.
Its the dystopia in the yacht market in general,
....that there are a lot of older boats existing quite well, and the more boats there are the cheaper older boats become.

There may well be more money in updating/refitting older boat designs, than building a-new. Check the difference between for example a Morgan 41 OI refitted and rebuilt vs a new boat.
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Old 16-05-2015, 09:05   #63
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Zulu, I appreciate your view, as I do that of Rabbi's post in this thread on topic. 35' cat for ocean crossing?

Definitely valid perspectives that contribute to making sense of where value is at (new vs refit, FP vs. Lagoon).
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Old 16-05-2015, 09:13   #64
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I didn't post it as I thought you may like it, I posted it because it fits into the title of this thread and hadn't been mentioned.

Seawind cats are blue water capable but are the most expensive for their size. There are multiple CF references to this.
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Old 16-05-2015, 09:47   #65
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To add to our understanding of Mahe galley and head size...
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Same boat, me standing in the shower. 6' tall. With my shoes off, my head won't touch the ceiling but I do have to mind the gap when I step through bulkheads in the hulls. I could make this work for the right price.
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And if we think a new Mahe was costly as a less than 36' cat, look at the new Gemini Legacy. IMVHO I think the Legacy is a design doomed to fail.


The Mahe feels like a big boat, something I would not say about a Gemini. For us it doesn't fit.
But thats just me, the Gemini does have a sizeable following.

At the end you pick your minimum size and design features and then you just have to swallow the market price.
Where this is heading depends on tons of factors, but current new price for a similar cat is a major factor.
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Have not read all post , sorry , but maybe with the US dollar high , you could look at a Lightwave 35 . Must be right up the top of best open water cruiser for size. Inside use of space is excellent , very very comfortable.
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Have not read all post , sorry , but maybe with the US dollar high , you could look at a Lightwave 35 . Must be right up the top of best open water cruiser for size. Inside use of space is excellent , very very comfortable.
Problem. They are not built anymore. You can however build a 38 ft Lightwave.

In Australia the 38 doesn't stay on the market long.
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Light wave is sweet but not feasible as most are in the wrong hemisphere
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Same boat, me standing in the shower. 6' tall. With my shoes off, my head won't touch the ceiling but I do have to mind the gap when I step through bulkheads in the hulls. I could make this work for the right price.
Same size as me, just I'm not that skinny
Not once has the headroom been an issue, because normally you don't stand up that straight. The bulkhead heights are similar in all comparable cats I know, but after a couple of bumps it's not an issue at all.
But I can assure you that you will bang your head dozens of times at the bimini frame. Thats the price to pay for a flush bimini on a small boat.
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Same size as me, just I'm not that skinny

Not once has the headroom been an issue, because normally you don't stand up that straight. The bulkhead heights are similar in all comparable cats I know, but after a couple of bumps it's not an issue at all.

But I can assure you that you will bang your head dozens of times at the bimini frame. Thats the price to pay for a flush bimini on a small boat.

So if I get the pre Evolution Mahe, the retrofit will include flared up cockpit cover from center out. I like your boat. The Mahe is the one I keep coming back to. Do you miss the mono hull slice through the water motion when sailing?
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I replaced the canvas bimini with a hard one plus lots of solar on top. See the bimini thread where cotemar shows his modification, mine is similar.

I never had a mono, so i can't miss anything. In fact i have never sailed on any mono smaller than a cruise ship.
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Rabbi, ever had envy for the Evolution?

I daydream about racing my Mahe to the next port against a Leapord 38/39 and a lagoon of the same category.
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Rabbi, ever had envy for the Evolution?
RK,

I have never been on an Evolution model so I can only tell from the pictures on the net.

I actually completely dislike the look of the Evolution biminis. The integrated helm seat looks like a bath tub and it blocks access from cockpit to the helm.

Other than that I do like the Evolution, I think the galley layout is nice and addresses a few shortcomings that I see in the MK1 version (no place to neatly store fork & knife and little fridge / freezer space).

What I don't know is the type of wood used in the Evos. The older Mahes have real wood veneer. I think FP (like Lagoon) switched over to processed wood and glued-on edges.

The added ventilation is a bonus, but so far we can live with what is available. We almost never go into Marinas so there is always a little breeze.

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the new FP entry cat

Raising the bar quite a bit.
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