Am pleased to report that after an epic 7 day voyage, I'm now back in my home port safe and sound with my new Catalac
Have encountered averything from fog
, rain, cold, hot, flat calm and force 7 seas and am pretty impressed what these little boats can do.
Majority of the way we motorsailed, the boat doesn't have a very heavy duty battery
setup so we needed to keep one engine
running most of the time to keep the batteries topped up as the autopilot
needed all the juice it could get! It was also helpfull for a bit of extra power and stability in high seas, however, the fuel
ecconomy is remarkable. From the very top of Spain
right round to the Algarve at the bottom of Portugal
she used 55 liters, not bad for 500 miles!
Overall, i'm delighted with her. The layout is a HUGE improvement over the old 9m on which she's based and is perfect for me. The enclosed helm
is wonderfull for long passages and also means the main saloon
has full standing headroom
, something a 9m only has if you don't mind being the saloon
being open to the elements.
There are only two main downsides. As i've been told before, these are terrible into the wind
. The short hull
doesn't like going into the waves and you get an uncomfortable at best porpoising motion. Anything aft of the beam though is fine and these boats just LOVE downwind sailing. My GPS
tells me that we managed to hit 18.1 kts surfing down a wave in a force 7 sea!!!
The other quible, although minor, is the tinted windows. during the day they're great but a night you loose tons of visability. Imagine trying to berth in the dark with your singlasses still on and you get the idea.
A special mention should goto Phil (boatman61 on here) who I got to help with the delivery
. If any of you guys need a delivery skipper
in the future, he's your man for sure. Had a great week with him and he makes a mean cheese on toast as well!
Here's a few pics from the trip.....