@GordMay: Well I don't expect an overwhelming response but one good one would be nice.
@Southern Star: Of course you can ask:
I want to do a circumnavigation
using only solar
energy with solar panels
motors. I thought at first I could find find a shipyard who could build me a cat exactly to my needs. But the problems are that:
1) I'm having difficulties to find sponsors for my vessel as I can't finance it completly myself. To find sponsors for a lot of services is easy but the main sponsor
for the vessel isn't that easy...
2) Serious cat shipyards have in general waiting lists of 1, 2 up to 3 years and it would cost a lot more than buying
a used cat suitable for my project
though it might not be as optimised as a new on build completly to my requirements. I hope to be able to achieve between 5 to 6 knots under normal conditions. There is a swiss shipyard which build the suncat21 whihc went from Spain
last year but they build normally solar
cats for lakes and I want to use an oceangoing cat!
So, I'm looking at the moment for used sailing cats between 12 and 15 m Length and a beam of 7 to 8 m. Though weight is not the only criteria, standard motor
cats are in general much to heavy. That is why I found the OSTAC Nimbus 43 on the internet
as well as a St Franšis 43'. I found also a Kelsall
cat but it dismasted 3 years ago and the damages were not repaired and water
was and still is leaking in the starboard hull
as the cat in on dry land but not covered. The water
seems to have caused important damages to the hull
. It's pitty because otherwise I found the cat quite nice...
Covering the surface of such a cat with high efficiency solar panels
I should be able to get enough power to go at 60 - 70 % of the hull speed
of 8 to 9 knots.
Normally, I'm a sailor and have crossed the atlantic 3 times in both directions and I know what I'm in for concerning weather
, sea conditions. But I want to do this time something new and different!
If you know of another cat LWL 12 to 15 m and beam 7 to 8 m with a global weight of 6, 7 metric tons max and fine hulls to go easier through waves, let me know.
A nice weekend from Paris,