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Old 03-08-2014, 13:03   #61
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Re: Catamaran 38-46 Foot Vs 50-60 foot

If you are going to debate or have an alternative opinion, go ahead, that's fair and reasonable... but don't attribute statements to me that I did not make.

I never said you can't sail a daggerboard cat around Cape Horn. I simply indicated that imo anyone who is aware of the dangers and is reasonably sane, wouldn't.

There are reasons why a sizeable number of folks advocate steel hulls for high latitude cruising

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I guess the owner of the Catana 44 "Brumas Patagonia" didn't consult you before he sailed around the three capes at the age of 70.
And why can't you sail a daggerboard boat around Cape Horn?
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Old 03-08-2014, 13:16   #62
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If you are going to debate or have an alternative opinion, go ahead, that's fair and reasonable... but don't attribute statements to me that I did not make.

I never said you can't sail a daggerboard cat around Cape Horn. I simply indicated that imo anyone who is aware of the dangers and is reasonably sane, wouldn't.

There are reasons why a sizeable number of folks advocate steel hulls for high latitude cruising
So what are the dangers of sailing a daggerboard cat around the cape vs. a mini keel cat? I'm pretty sure the daggerboard cat would be considered a better choice as you can raise the boards and be able to slide sideways in a breaking sea.
To me a steel boat is a true sinker, something I wouldn't be interested in.
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Old 05-08-2014, 00:13   #63
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So what are the dangers of sailing a daggerboard cat around the cape vs. a mini keel cat? I'm pretty sure the daggerboard cat would be considered a better choice as you can raise the boards and be able to slide sideways in a breaking sea.
To me a steel boat is a true sinker, something I wouldn't be interested in.
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Old 08-09-2014, 21:01   #64
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Re: Catamaran 38-46 Foot Vs 50-60 foot

Hi..

I'm Another newbie to sailing.. We are also looking to buy a decent size cat (48 ft) to live aboard with kids and learn to handle / sail in warm tropical coastal waters off far north east australia.. Generally inner reef environment with ( supposedly) partially smooth waters.

I have experience on boats of all sizes ( 15 -50 metres) as an electrician/ engineer.. and have experienced oceans in extended extreme Weather conditions so I'm aware if what is possible to have thrown at you without much warning... I'm also happy to say that the joyful bliss of calm water and fair winds makes up for the rough times .

My research on looking for A boat ( which includes valued cruising veterans opinions) leads me to a junction the decision making process.. Start small and work your way up .. Or buy the boat you want and learn as you go?

The compromise is as always .. budget .. Money buys repairs and competent crew ... Experience buys you everything else ... Sometimes there is no substitute for either ..

I say go with your heart but use your head .. Choose wisely and enjoy the horizon coming at you .. Life is too short




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