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Old 01-03-2011, 17:35   #1
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Cruising Catamaran in New England

I'm considering a 35-40 catamaran for cruising in New England, and in particular in the Narragansett Bay area. I have a mooring so I'm not concerned about a slip. But I'm a little worried about the availability of facilities for haul out and storage and transient slips if I'm out cruising for a couple of weeks. I know that such facilities exist, but how much more will I pay compared to a 35-40 ft. monohull? How many boatyards can handle a 20+ foot beam?
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Re: Cruising Catamaran in New England

Though they might be pricey, all of the Brewer Yacht Yards should be able to handle a boat in that size range.

Do you have a particular boat/price range in mind?

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Re: Cruising Catamaran in New England

I have several boats in mind, but a Seawind 1160 is near the top of my list, if I can afford one. Lagoon 380's also seem plentiful and less pricey than the Seawinds. I've looked at Maine Cats too, but the small one is probably too small, and the big one is too expensive.
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Re: Cruising Catamaran in New England

Curmudgeon,

I am out of Mystic, CT and my Mahe 36 has a 19' 5" beam. Noank Ship yard wanted $2600 for winter storage.
Brewers yards are about the same.

We have 3 Mahe 36's up the CT river at Chester Marina. It's $1000 for winter storage.
Beam is everything in New England. More beam more boat bucks.

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Re: Cruising Catamaran in New England

Yes I understand that beam is expensive, and some boat yards also have a limit on what they can haul out.

The Seawind 1160 has a beam of 21'4". The Lagoon 380 is 21'5".
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Re: Cruising Catamaran in New England

The Seawind 1160 beam of 21'4".
The Lagoon 380 beam 21'5".
Most likely would need a crane or a very large travel lift.

We have maybe 6" of clearance on both sides with the well we pull into. A standard travel lift pulls us out.
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Re: Cruising Catamaran in New England

The yard I use now (which has given me excellent service) has a marine railway. I haven't checked to see if they can haul out a multihull, but will do so if I get close to buying one. I know I can get haul out and storage in Newport, so long as I am willing to pay.
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Re: Cruising Catamaran in New England

One of the 3 Mahes 36's in winter storage with me is from Newport. He said it is very expensive there.

A marine railway can haul you out. Most cats can be lifted from under the bridge deck.
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Re: Cruising Catamaran in New England

This is a bit off subject, but... After making your choice, I suggest that you make your mooring with a removable ball. Standard mooring balls can get stuck under the wings of small multihulls, and do considerable damage.
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Re: Cruising Catamaran in New England

Does anyone have specific recommendations of boatyards in Narragansett Bay (other than Newport) that could haul and store a cat with a 21'6" beam? Presumably the Hinckley yard at Little Harbor Landing in Portsmouth could do it, but they are likely to be quite pricey also.
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Re: Cruising Catamaran in New England

I have a 41' by 23 ' Maine Cat in Narragansett Bay. I've hauled at Brewer's Cove Haven marina in Barrington, but it was expensive. Last time I hauled at Shaw's boat yard in Dighton, MA, up the Taunton river. He uses a hydraulic trailer between the hulls. He charges 2 times the monohull rate, but is still cheaper than Cove Haven. Also much cheaper for shrink wrapping.
I haul out every other year. Wet storage in Warwick cove is very cheap.
If you dock on an end dock, I've just been charged the standard rate. Usually, I anchor out, or use moorings.
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I have a 41' by 23 ' Maine Cat in Narragansett Bay. I've hauled at Brewer's Cove Haven marina in Barrington, but it was expensive. Last time I hauled at Shaw's boat yard in Dighton, MA, up the Taunton river. He uses a hydraulic trailer between the hulls. He charges 2 times the monohull rate, but is still cheaper than Cove Haven. Also much cheaper for shrink wrapping.
I haul out every other year. Wet storage in Warwick cove is very cheap.
If you dock on an end dock, I've just been charged the standard rate. Usually, I anchor out, or use moorings.
Thanks! I'll put Shaw's on my list.
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Re: Cruising Catamaran in New England

I have a Mahe 36 (19.5' beam). Pirate Cove Marina in Portsmouth, RI - has offered me in-the-water storage for $1,200. They claim they use a bubbler to prevent freezing. I am new to multihulls, and always stored my previously-owned monohull on the hard and indoors. I would appreciate comments from Forum members as to the pros and cons of in-the-water storage. Many thanks!

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This is a bit off subject, but... After making your choice, I suggest that you make your mooring with a removable ball. Standard mooring balls can get stuck under the wings of small multihulls, and do considerable damage.
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Not if you shorten the bridle. I am on a mooring right now, and have used them many times over the years........i2f
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Re: Cruising Catamaran in New England

We had great service & price at Brewer's Cove Haven Marina, Barrington, RI for a short haul (thanks Double Diamond on Shaw's Cove for winter storage). Brewer's was $697 including power washing, electricity, compressor & no extra charges unless staying out more than a few weeks. I believe their travel lift can accommodate up to 28' beam.

Summer & transient dockage depends on where & the economy. Our summer marina in CT used to have a 6+ year wait for it's few T-docks, but we got right in. For transient docks, most marinas have at least some along-side docks & we've never been charged extra. One marina with only slips gave us one for a 100'+ for no extra charge. Leaving New England heading south, it only gets easier as face docks are much more common for transients & many marinas are 1/2 empty anyway.

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