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Old 10-08-2008, 10:07   #1
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Dean 33

Can someone give me some information about the dean 33, and compared with the Proud or the Catalac, are they similar? What about blue waters, are they ok??

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Catalac - great liveaboard, well built, not good to windwardd, and not a large load carrier.

Prout - blue water cat with enormous pedigree. later models have reasonable load. speed faster than mono, but not much.

Dean - dont really know these cats, but understand that build quality is something you have to pay particular attention
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The 33ft/35ft Dean cats were very heavy and as Talbot says, the build quality was suspect (I visited their yard and can confirm that)

There were 2 in Europe in the late 1990's, by chance both in my home marina at Millbrook. I sailed one with a yachting journalist on board. In light winds we were amazed when, coming up to a tack, the owner started the engine. "Otherwise we won't get round" he said

In S Africa in the 1990's they were considered "party boats" not real sailing boats.

I'd avoid one if I were you.

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