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Old 05-01-2007, 07:26   #1
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Dean 400

Hello!

I have found Dean 400 on the web. This cat looks interesting and I wonder if somebody at Cruisers Forum have something to say about the Deans. Quailty, performance, safety, accomodation etc...
We are planning to have a year or two at sea, my wife and two small kids.

I would appreciate any information you have!

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I have sent you a private message , suggesting an alternative.
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Old 06-01-2007, 04:01   #3
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two words - bridgedeck clearance
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Old 06-01-2007, 04:35   #4
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Factor, I'm a mono hull sailor and not experienced in multihulls yet. Can you please explain what you mean with bridgedeck clearance? I think I have a clue, but...
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Factor, I'm a mono hull sailor and not experienced in multihulls yet. Can you please explain what you mean with bridgedeck clearance? I think I have a clue, but...
distance between the surface of the water and the underside of the boat in between the hulls. Here's a cat with excellent bridgedeck clearance... Mine!!

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Old 06-01-2007, 05:52   #6
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”The Taming of the Cat” ~ by James Jermain (SAIL Magazine January 2003)
Offers a good general overview of catamaran design.

Developments in design and increased accessibility through chartering have raised the profile of catamarans enormously in recent years. Are they practical for the ordinary
cruising owner? What should buyers be looking for? ..."

Goto: http://www.sailmagazine.com/sailjermain.pdf

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by Sailing for Southern Aftrica (1998): Sailing - Inland and Offshore Magazine
Goto the Article: Feature Article - 98-07
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Heres another, LOCK CROWTHER DESIGN NOTES AS PROMISED

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bridge deck clearence

you should have at least 70% of the length of your cat. So if the cat is 40 feet it should be at least 28 inches in height. The Dean 400 matches and beats this number. It is also much higher in the front 5 or so feet and in the back at least 3 1/2-4 feet.
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