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Old 02-03-2009, 04:34   #1

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Has anybody on this forum owned, sailed, knew someone that owned an old (well they are now) Heavenly Twins 26.

I know that a Heavenly Twins 26 was the first official catamaran to do a circumnavigation and others have since, I know that one comfortably (well so they say) survived a Hurricane.

What I would like to know is how they sail, what improvements could be made, all pros and cons etc.

Basically as much as possible about the boat and peoples experiences of them.


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Old 02-03-2009, 05:58   #2
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Get in contact with Rebecca att, Emsworth, Portsmouth. She has a lot of first hand information about Heavinly Twins.

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Old 02-03-2009, 06:46   #3
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I haven't personally been on them, but have heard many wonderful things from those who have. They were one of the boats on my short list when considering small cats. Charles Kanter, who writes much about Catamarans speaks highly of them. I'm fairly sure his review is written online somewhere.

Every thing I've read is they are built more on the sturdy side than for performance and pack a lot into a small package. My main concern with any catamaran that small would be not overloading it when cruising and bridge deck clearance. (I sold a 26-foot tri because it couldn't make any progress to windward in any seas due to under deck slamming.)

A couple useful links:

Heavenly Twins Catamarans - Master

Heavenly Twins 27' catamaran information
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We had one at our dock for a short while: it was the most amazing use of space. Unfortunately I didn't get to sail it. I did sail a couple Aquilon 26's and was pleased with their performance, given the limitations of size. But I would not want to ride out a blow in one of them.
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Internal use of space is incredible.

They sail significantly better than the Catalac.

Upper deck space is their achilles heel . Cockpit is very small, and access to the stern for mooring is a PITA.

At one stage they were the most numerous class involved in a circumnavigation of any multihull - but that is a long time ago!

There are experiences in bad weather listed clicky here

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my good friend is the commodore of the association
we are also associat members
i could proberly put you in touch with some members with ht's
if you like?
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Ian... Get in touch with The Multihull Centre down at Millbrook Plymouth. It is run by Pat Patterson's kids. Never sailed a Heavenly Twins but my first ever cat experience was aboard a Star Twins 34, the big sister. Great fun and interesting design although I didn't like the hydraulic drive on the one I chartered.

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