From an original article when the 'goose first came out you can expect boat speed to be half the wind
speed. See the article via 'Multihullworld' where they have a 'goose listed at 50k sterling which looks as goos as the day it was made and is about the same price as the day it was made. There's a link in there to the article.
My brother ran one for three years and apart from the low roof and rather dark interior
he never saw anything better. I'm looking at the Event 34footer which has more of a greenhouse than a saloon
but shares many of the 'goose features such as kitchen in a hull
at eye level with the saloon
, rear mast
which concentrates all the sailing in the dry safe bit, sonic drive leg which slews 30 degrees either way by a foot lever to assist in manouvreing. The event costs half as much again but is more modern and slightly slower. From what I've seen the bigger the cabin
the slower the boat. Prout's don't sink, the dinghy
can be huge, the toilets are suitable for people, the kitchen and office space is comfortable to use, even in heavier weather, and speed is limited by jumping off the top of waves at above ten knots or so. Faintest breze will give a hundred miles a day but do consider light weather sails
, the parasail or good, modern material genaker to get the best out of light airs.
Ron Underwood, MD of Prout and now at Broadblue
, reckons they are suited to a forty mast
. This can be done with an extension at the bottom, and take the opportunity to go for plastic rigging
when the stainless stuff is due for replacement as the performance will be better than most cruisers.
I've just been looking at Deisel Cooking
. Both are really well sorted now with exterior venting of 'fumes' and soot and moisture so there is the option of getting gas completely off the boat and use the deisel you already have.
There is a new forward looking depth
, wreck, bottom finder just out that allows much safe investigation of the nooks and crannys that excite the cruisers and allow you to be sure of the bottom.
Slipways are rarely needed, just go for CopperCoat and beach every three months to wipe it clean.
is easier and cheaper, your dinghy
is bigger better more convenient to use than off an equivalent mono and if you're not humping gas bottles about there shouldn't be too much trouble shifting your stores on board.
Depending on your planned trips I'd take a water
maker but only use it on extended trips where the water
needed is significant in terms of weight.
And on longer trips kit your dinghy out as your survivial boat. Solar panels
with a built in battery
with electric outboard
. Stow a pocket held GPS
and the water maker and dry food
lines and you'll suvive. Add a small sail or kite and you'll arrive alot faster than drifting along and you won't drift half a mile passed that island.
The electric outboard
will get you through the gap in the reef and to the best landing place, the kite will seriously extend the range of your radio
. The cost is still pretty small.
I'll be doing the Med to start with, but NZ looks beautifull and there's relatives in Auss. See you.