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Old 08-07-2016, 17:46   #46
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Re: Buying the right catamaran

thanks for the responses , I love the lay out on the fp, It great to hear so many positive responces to the french boats,,
no one has passed comments on the perry, grainger or leopards, there was a realy good blog on the maxima, which I will go and have look at.
keep the comments coming in , every opinion help put the gigsaw together,
there is no such thing as to much information,
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Old 08-07-2016, 17:47   #47
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Agree - farriers tris were/are great, his cats not so much. Sailed a few - a bit disappointing ergonomically and performance wise. Still better than most of the boats out there just not as good as I thought they might be. Also Agree on Chris Whites boats, very much like them.
Have to admit I have never seen or been on one of Ian's cats so I will go with the opinion of you guys.

The point I was trying to make was most of us are constrained by our budget. If we had unlimited resources most folks would have a different boat. For me the trick is to get the most bang for your buck.
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Old 08-07-2016, 23:59   #48
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Regarding the Gemini design same as seawind, the Seawind has a salon open to the cockpit. I thought the Gemini had them separated by a wall/door. Also at 19 ft 7 in wide, it is almost six feet wider than the Gemini. That adds a lot of space. And in the states, I have never been charged more because my cat is wider than a 14 ft Gemini. Always pay the same per foot rate as the monohull. Just am limited to either a t-head, or a slot shared with a narrow monohull and no center pole. That said, the Gemini is a nice cat as well. But there are design aspects that really differentiate them.

I merely said they look similar to look at, , Nothing more,

The Seawind is totally different to the Gemini, They make them here in OZ, I had a very good look at them before I got onto the Gemini,

With a Seawind I would freeze to death down here in the south, I need a completely covered cockpit for the bad weather we get,
Thats what put me off them,
And I do intend living on it full time,
The bigger one with the enclosed cockpit is totally out of my price range,

But other than that, they are a very nice Cat,
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Old 09-07-2016, 19:04   #49
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I merely said they look similar to look at, , Nothing more,

The Seawind is totally different to the Gemini, They make them here in OZ, I had a very good look at them before I got onto the Gemini,

With a Seawind I would freeze to death down here in the south, I need a completely covered cockpit for the bad weather we get,
Thats what put me off them,
And I do intend living on it full time,
The bigger one with the enclosed cockpit is totally out of my price range,

But other than that, they are a very nice Cat,
Would love to see that 1250 offered with 25 Hp outboards ,( same as the 1190) now that would be an awesome boat
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I merely said they look similar to look at, , Nothing more,

The Seawind is totally different to the Gemini, They make them here in OZ, I had a very good look at them before I got onto the Gemini,

With a Seawind I would freeze to death down here in the south, ,
You sure about that, A mate took his 1000 to Alaska - think that gets pretty cool?

see here KATIE KAT He has an extensive discussion about cold weather comfort
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You sure about that, A mate took his 1000 to Alaska - think that gets pretty cool?

see here KATIE KAT He has an extensive discussion about cold weather comfort
Life is what you make it, every things doable,

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It depends on what you can afford too,
Seawind was too expensive for me,
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Talk to seasoned cruisers and if truthful they will tell you they motor sail at least 90 percent of the time.

90%!!!! Nope, not even remotely close. (Unless we average around 30 knots while motoring...)
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90%!!!! Nope, not even remotely close. (Unless we average around 30 knots while motoring...)
What boat are you sailing?
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90%!!!! Nope, not even remotely close. (Unless we average around 30 knots while motoring...)

I'll second that......Voyage 45.
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An Oram 44C.
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Boat for sale - Oram 44C Catamaran - 44'

Nice!
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Thanks! Maia is sold now, and is a nice example. I like to think ours is nicer!


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Hi I came and looked her over. I'm sorry to hear she is sold! I was really impressed!
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An Oram 44C.
I looked Maia over and was really impressed. I am still working on financing my dream boat but she was right up there!
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Thanks! Maia is sold now, and is a nice example. I like to think ours is nicer!


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