Welcome in the club, hm ? :-) How long you took for this Newick to find it ?
I suppose it depends lot on the right attitude (towards boats generally and "living on a boat" specifically). Some potentially owners who have lots of money
dont think a lot about the details, as they have to invest their time in "money making". So they visit 2-3 boat shows... take tons of catalogues home and then make the decision and order the boat within some few meetings with the designer
, so long it is not a single
I have a different attitude towards this topic. I suppose it is because I was professional skipper... so you get a different perspective towards boats. Looking for "living on a boat
" solution is similarly like to find the right architect for designing the only single
house one want let build and live in till pension age. Its relevant to feel well and homely on board.
Third aspect (probably the most important) are the risks... most of us know (beside some naive folks) that "swimming homes" on high seas can be a "deadly traps"... so we have to think seriously about safety
aspects first of all and more heavily compared to owners who do weekend sailing for leasure times.
I was involved too often in rescue
missions (mostly deadly) seeing owners not caring enough about paying a high prize.
One thing is important as I see it: To make a start.
Probably one can build up a big database, with tons of information about boat types, boat building methods, different warfts etc. ...
I try to find here the balance of good compromise, otherwise I will search still in 10 years for the "perfect boat". This became clear for me over last months. The perfect boat doesnt exist.
Young people here can be very smart, even not having money
and not knowing what comes next day... You know this video ? I wish I could have this naivity... and positivism.
In consequences I like to take two pairs of aspects in view:
(A) max. of safetyness (here I take the IMO/Solas standards as orientation) + seaworthyness
(B) a mix of "lower (puristic) comfort + good speed" (otherwise I'd better take a catamaran).
...as I think in 2-3 years I like to sell the boat for a bigger one... and then proably in 10-15 years after being an old pensionist going back and downsize again. *laugh* (knocking on wood)
yeah, such things can happen... best is to have 4-5 boats parallel as option. It is more the psychological aspect behind.
Then te broker or owner feels, that you do not have pressure and that you do not want his boat urgently. So he has to come along with, e.g. a good prize offer to make it attractively for you.
As an example:
On Friday I got the email
answer of a "broker". A real idiot of sales man. (Sorry, I know not all brokers are yearks.) - He resists to overhand my request to the owner... because he (the broker) likes to pull maximum money / profit (commission rate) out of the selling. So he just pretended to speak in the name of the owner saying manipulating a "fake email" showing it to me and says: "Look here, the owner expects a good prize, so he will not sell it now and want wait till beginning 2016." In other words: The broker likes to push me into action, the prize up and set me under pressure to make the deal now (heavily overprized). - What a fool, isnt ! - Bad habit of seriously business.
Lots of show making and wrong expectations. I know that this boat will loose every month up to 5,000 dollars in value if the owner waits longer. So is the market now. We have entered into the foiling era... and soon we will see foil-assisted and fully foiling cruising Trimarans. Then the "old boats" will become quicker worthless as some owners wish nowadays.
Some brokers have bad knowledge about Trimarans and this very specifically market, so it feels for me. They do not care a lot, e.g. not delivering newest photos, no details about the boat history
. Some brokers even do not know the sail area. - Quick money making guys, mostly. But thats a thematic on its own. :-)
So lets come back to the thematic...
Sounds interesting... Do you have a link ? Is it available as excel calculation sheet or as table (PDF or image download) ?
Yes, that goes through my mind, heavily...
As I have a living + working on the boat, I need lots of "electric energy" to run computers
, file server, Internet connection. I cannot afford a "black out". That would ruin my business and me quickly.
Roughly I can sail (and repair/maintain) 14 days per month, the other half I have to work full time on the boat (cultural journalistic work + radio
I have started a thread about this question to get some ideas...
How to calculate a Solar system for a Trimaran ?
I like to have a boat as a kind of "eco friendly one
", as much as possible. I dont like the idea of a skinky diesel
engine/generator. Thats 20th century. Sailors should not only talk "green" more come into action to "live green".
With a pre-calculation roughly you can get a fully installation
at around 3.5-4,000 Euros (pls calculate by currency exchange
on your own). Thats the result for now. Yet not calculated a pure "electro motor" (e.g. as exists by OceanVolt (Finland) or Torqueedo (Germany). Another homework on my long, long list. :-)
About the weight I posted a provocative question:
What to do that Amas (Outriggers) aren't "dead space" for a Tri ?
Yet I am not clear about a good solution how to trim the boat with higher weight by battery
As I use a boat (probably in the size of 35-40 foot) alone, I can compensate it little bit NOT having 2-3 other crew members on board. Only day-sailing for little bit socializing
, which is important. But it wont become a "family boat" with a bunch of 3-4 people steadily.
So a Trimaran with regular berth for 4-6 people can handle the bigger battery
block more easily, I think. The question more is: "Where" ?
Thats why I like Trimarans... I come from monohull sailing... there the boats became more and more complicated since the 90th... heavily overloaded with lots of stuff on board. I dont like it.
More stuff on board, more work it is...
Trimarans are sensitive because of "overweight", so these boat type forces one to keep an eye onto "simplicity". Indeed it helps to keep self control.
A good video being remembered about the "essence of sailing" is this...
Too quickly we fall into the trap being spoilt in mind by all the consumption
goodies we get offered from everywhere. Happens to me, too. Great video to get motivated by others...
Good luck with finding another Newick ! "Down under" its little bit more easy to find Trimarans while I have to search (from my office desk in North Europe) for 3-hull boats like for the needle in the haystack.
What about a Crowther or a Grainger ? These boats are very well known in Australia/New Zealand.