Originally Posted by Sunfish75
Looking for some info/opinions from those of you with personal experience sailing on a heavenly twins 27 or 26. Was it able to go to windward? Did you find that it was primarily a motosailer? Tacking? We are seriously considering a 27 as our new family
boat, but as we previously cruised engineless on a monohull
are concerned about the sailability (I think I just made that word up) of this vessel
Also looking for info on any HT's in the US as potential contacts. Did anyone follow the story of Terrapin and know the details of Matthew Wilson selling her on eBay?
Hello Sunfish75. Yes I have a Heavenly Twins 26ft. I like her very much as a good safe, reliable cat. She sails
fine. I use my engine
very little, such as 10 gallons per year, or less. Almost all the sailing I do seems to be to windward for some reason and she copes with it fine. Certainly the better monohulls and newer cats point higher. But she does better than the quite reasonable mono that I had before her!
HT's are good sea boats in that they will cope easily with almost anything. Some have been round the world
. However, they hobby horse much more than modern cats. This keeps them dry on deck
but slow. I rarely top 7 knots, but I do tow a dinghy
which doesn't help. Also they do slam quite a lot. They were designed to with a central nacelle/wave breaker that touches down into the water
. But you soon get used to it and don't usually notice it.
As a family boat she would be good, if you have the right size of family of course. I know of several HT's that have done big distances with family and pets
I personally would strongly recommend that you get one that has a good cover over the central cockpit
. Whether solid (as mine is) or the more usual soft type. It makes sailing MUCH more comfortable and pleasant. Plus, you have an extra 'room' when moored.
You could contact the HT association at http://www.htowoa.co.uk/news.php
or contact their USA branch directly. I'm sorry but I don't have that address but the representative there is called Robert Blood and I'm sure you could find him via the Association.
I hope that helps.