Check out the Cross webste www.mysite.verizon.net/res78939/index/html
There is a Cross 39 for sale
in Los Angles around 50k. It looks like one of his earlier designs. Looks to be in nice shape.
Kai nui is a member
here and he has some experience saling on some Piver
trimarans which may be similar to the one in La Paz
. Many of Piver's proteges went on to design their own boats and many made improvements over the original designs. Brown ,Cross, and Horstman improved the concept
in the 1960's and 70's. Better windward ability and a little better sailing performance. One noticable change was made to the main beams that held the boats together. The later boats reengineered this critical element to be a walk thru beam so no more ducking under.
Like you , I don't like the boxy high sided look of the Hortsman designs. The other aspect I don't like is the daggerboard in the ama. This is not as effective as a centerboardboard or keel
in the main hull
. What it does though is give a hull
with a shallow draft
and more room. Brown decided to put a big centerboard
in the main hull and then put the cockpit
on top of it. This divided the boat in two . Some like it some don't, but what it did do was to give the boat excellant windward ability and handling. The Cross designs fall somewhere between these two as he went with a keel
on the main hull giving decent windward ability and relieving the interior
of the centerboard
structure. Many of the Piver
designs had keel and rudder
modifications by Norm Cross to improve performance. These three along with Piver acount for a large percentage of the cruising trimaran
designs out there. There are many others like John Marples, Dick Newick, Kantola, Kelsall
, Kristopherson, Ian Farrier, Tony Grainger, and more.
Most of these are capable blue water
boats but the designers used differant routes to all get to the same place. If you are interested in a trimaran
it is good thing to understand the developement history
. Just like in monohulls we have our classics, racers, and cruisers. One thing to keep in mind is the adage by Dick Newick. "Three aspects you want in a boat are high performance, low cost, and roomy interior
. You can have any two in combination but you cannot have all three".
IMO the trimaran is just alot more fun to sail and as a surfer this might have some appeal to you.
I don't have any direct experience with the Cross 46 but I am familar with the plans. It is a big boat with an interior to rival that of a comparble size cat.
I will send you a PM on another subject.