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Old 26-11-2006, 23:39   #1
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Anyone Sailing the Chris White Design Cats

I came across his webpage a few days ago and sure was surprised about
some of the features he has on his Cats. That center cockpit is neat and
easy to get to your mainsail and other lines. Steer from inside aswell nice and dry plus warm.
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Old 25-12-2006, 00:30   #2
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Sailed one in the Carrib

I sailed on a Chris White design for 10 days in the carribean last year. It originally got my interest in sailing. The 50 foot cat was easily handled by one person in the center cockpit. The Cat was very fast, smooth and well appointed. I have since sailed on a Prout and Fountaine Pajot and in my opinion the Chris White design has them hands down. It is a really nice Cat.
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Old 25-12-2006, 15:07   #3
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Chris White compared to the Laggon 500 50ft also

Thanks for the reply about the Prout and the Pajot. The Atlantic 55
looks like a nice easy boat to sail. I guess the cockpit in the back isn't as large as on some like the Lagoon 500. Have you ever been on the
Lagoon 500. That boat has lots of room in it and is layed out nice and looks good. It has steering from inside and from from above the cabin
which is nice to see 360 around you up high. It has a place to sit for 6
people just infront of the cabin for a nice view. I wonder how they sail?
I wish the White design had a larger cockpit on the stern for relaxing.

I talked to this guy about this boat he just lanched this year. Its a big
one. DRUMBEAT I told him about the Chris White design but he thought you would be getting to wet from the front cockpit.
The guys on the white didn't seem to complain of that crossing the atlantic to trinadad. Chris White Designs

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Old 25-12-2006, 16:05   #4
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Atlantic 55

The Atlantic 55 is the Cat we were on. In the Stern behind the cabin there wasd quite a bit of room for relaxation. We were easily able to sit 8 people back there in lounge chairs. When we would sail for a few days we were also able to set the dinghy on that stern section, so it was quite large. We hit a couple of squals and the cockpit did catch some spray. We just dropped into the cabin at that point.

I have never been on a Lagoon 500, however I do plan to look at one before I buy. I really liked the Chris White, but it is hard to find them. I also still have not decided if I want to go for about a 45-50 foot Cat or a Macgregor 65. Shopping, initially the funest part of sailing...
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Old 25-12-2006, 19:25   #5
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Macgregor 65

I have never seen one of those. I guess I will have to look on the
net for one to see what they look like. If you go on a Lagoon 500 let me
know how you liked it. The Lagoon people are doing a great deal with electric motors for there 42ft model and will be on the 50ft soon.
Its a good read on their site to see what is going on in the electric
motor world for Cats. They burn only 1 quart of fuel per hr using the genset to run two electric motors. They will run for around 2 hrs just
of battery. They tell you how it all works on their site. The can charge
the batteries while sailing too. It does it all automatic.
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Old 27-12-2006, 05:44   #6
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I'd reckon you'd have to be pretty irresponsible to sail a cat from an enclosed helm position. Seem's like a good recipe for disaster.

And sailng fast = wet, i'd reckon you'd want to hide behind that aft cockpit B/H.

I'd also hate to be relying on those electric motors to get me in if i'd dropped my rig offshore.

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Old 27-12-2006, 08:57   #7
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Those electic motors are the same power as a 140hp

Diesel and alot easier to repair. The only thing that needs to be replaced
is a bearing outside the motor.

How the electric motors work articles
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Video on how the Hybrid diesel system works I found on the web.
http://www.catamarans.com/catamaranc...ecs.asp?bhcp=1

Looks good to me.
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Those electic motors are the same power as a 140hp

But they only run for a couple of hours and need continual recharging with only one motor.

Fine for getting around marina's or if you play on weekend's , but in my opinion i'd want the power and redundancy of a twin engine installation for cruising/ offshore work, especially if around high current areas as it would seem if you were pushing 6 knot's those batteries would be running down pretty quick.

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The Atlantic 55 is the Cat we were on. In the Stern behind the cabin there wasd quite a bit of room for relaxation. We were easily able to sit 8 people back there in lounge chairs. When we would sail for a few days we were also able to set the dinghy on that stern section, so it was quite large. We hit a couple of squals and the cockpit did catch some spray. We just dropped into the cabin at that point.

I have never been on a Lagoon 500, however I do plan to look at one before I buy. I really liked the Chris White, but it is hard to find them. I also still have not decided if I want to go for about a 45-50 foot Cat or a Macgregor 65. Shopping, initially the funest part of sailing...
Might want to read this.
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Old 27-12-2006, 20:46   #10
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I have a friend with a Mac 65. He loves it, but then again, he is refitting an old Sampson Ferro for his second boat It sails fast, and has very little room inside for a 65' boat. And yes, they flex. Still, if it was offered to me, I wouldn't turn it down, but I would be very reluctant to pay the going price for one.
Oh, and I like the look.
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Those electic motors are the same power as a 140hp

Which electric motors are the same power as a 140hp what?

The electric motors on the Lagoon seem to be around 12hp to 14hp each. Most rational comparisons between diesel engines and electric motors estimate the hp at the prop to be between 65% and 100% greater for electrics. For the Lagoon that would translate to equivalent diesels of between 24hp and 28hp.

I've never sailed a Chris White boat but the yard that is currently finishing my boat has recently started building a Chrs White 55 ft - believe the hulls are about finished.
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Sorry it was 40hp not 140. Here is the article. It is 1.3 gallons per hr to runboth electric motors but they think they could have run the gen less then they did. Here is the article
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These guys seem to be having fun with a Chris White Design - Atlantic 48.

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I was looking at some photos of an Atlantic 42 that was for sale. Lovely boat, I just wish it was in my price range. One thing that brought a smile to my face was the two swivel desk chairs with casters in the pilot house.
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I recently spoke to a owner of a new Lagoon 420 in Madera and he told me that he uses 8 liters per hour (2.2 Gals)with the gen set running and the gen set starts up within 30 minutes if he runs his electrical motors at a normal cruising speed.
Chris white designed cats sail fantastic , I have sailed both the altantic 42 and the atlantic 55 and they are fantastic cats. The layout I did not find ideal but that is just me.
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