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Old 30-01-2015, 19:30   #46
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Old 30-01-2015, 22:44   #47
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I'm pretty sure I'd go for a Sunreef 58 with a wing sail made of solar panel material.. luxury over performance but if you're not in a hurry...

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Old 31-01-2015, 03:57   #48
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Now that's what I'm talking about!!! .

- The Broadblue Rapier 550 inside helm station would not work because it makes me think I'm flying a spaceship and I'm afraid of flying. Just kidding!
- The Sunreef 58 has a kitchen twice the size of my current one!
- The interior of the discovery looks like Lagoon's rich uncle :-)

Those are some beautiful boats!
I think I agree with you there.. the Broadblue looks like a cross between a barber shop and the starship enterprise... I can't say I like the Discovery with its climb 5 steps to bed routine.. otherwise it looks well though.
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Fair enough. It does come out in the extended description - the main bit on the page is just marketing puffery of the sort I instinctively skim over anyway since everywhere does it. I suspect that's one of the older bits of the website anyway, perhaps cribbed from some brochure he wrote back when that boat was first launched.
Maybe I was wrong after all. Ketches do seem to be the next thing: Sea-Voyager 223′, an ultra-luxury catamaran

Of course, private elevators also seem to be the next thing - and Chris certainly missed that one.

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Bleurgh. One wonders where they got their design ideas from!

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Clearly biased as we all are but having given this question considerable thought over the last 3 years I chose an Atlantic 47 Mastfoil. Having had a A57 with a conventional rig I see many advantages to the 47 with the the mastfoil. Sailing around the world you really want something simple that is easily maintained. It also seems that dangerous squalls are becoming an increasing risk to a circumnavigator. I'm confident the mastfoil will be a much simpler and safer rig to manage in unpredictable weather.

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We love our inside only helm..we sail in all weather. The boat gets used not looked at. When you can raise your main, and reef your main from inside. You will sail twice as often. There is nothing like a cold 50 degree sail, all closed up with the sun warming the cabin and wearing shorts, while passing a monohull with with two unrecognizable bundles of foul weather gear.

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I saw you recommended a big GB.. is that what you have? I wanted to look up the model you were talking about above...
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Maybe I was wrong after all. Ketches do seem to be the next thing: Sea-Voyager 223′, an ultra-luxury catamaran

Of course, private elevators also seem to be the next thing - and Chris certainly missed that one.

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Hardly handled by two though...
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Hardly handled by two though...
But it does come with its own Coast Guard rescue helicopter pad.

From recent incidents, it seems like those should be the next big thing in boating

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Re: Another "Best Cat" thread with a twist

handled by two with ease that includes ports..so around 50 ft...i kind of like teh nautitech 54 or the outremer 5x ( ok almost 60 ft)..maybe a ts52 or swiss 55 and if i m reasonnable ( which is not the point here) an L500 because that s probably what i m going to buy anyway^^
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Ain't she nice!
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Clearly biased as we all are but having given this question considerable thought over the last 3 years I chose an Atlantic 47 Mastfoil. .

Very interesting. Can you share any thoughts with us on the recent two mastfoil failures.

Is there any real world performance polars available yet for your mastfoil A47

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Looks like Escape is back out cruising. Chan posted a short video installing carbon reinforcement on the base of the mast in Dec, and now posting short cruising vids.
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Very interesting. Can you share any thoughts with us on the recent two mastfoil failures.

Is there any real world performance polars available yet for your mastfoil A47

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I think they've got the Mastfoil teething pains resolved and I have no doubt that Alwoplast provides superior after sale support.

Chris did a aerodynamics performance study that concluded the drive force is very similar between the standard sail plan and the mastfoil.


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Sunreef 58 with a wing sail made of solar panel material..
If the idea is to collect sunlight, then OK, why not to set "solar panel sail".

Otherwise I am not sure these "sails" will allow to pull almost 40-tons catamaran with a speed in excess of 4-5 knots @ 10-20 knots average wind.
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