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Old 07-01-2010, 06:07   #91
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The bigger Prout designs post Snowgoose are quite a bit more sporty than the old goose.

The Escale is known to have achieved over 200nm runs in 24 hrs, and the 44 is supposed to be even better.

A lot of the newer 38s were home completed and overweight.

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Old 07-01-2010, 11:03   #92
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Multihull World, UK Broker, in their latest
NEWSLETTER - January 2010

Broadblue launch new 415 and 385

This month, premier cruising catamaran builder Broadblue Ltd hit two major milestones with first the launch of a new Broadblue 415 and then, on New Year's Eve, the launch of a new 385. Both were sold to UK clients who are very pleased with their new arrivals. The owners of the 415 intend to base her nearby in Gosport and have offered Multihull World the use of their pride and joy for viewings and test sails so if you have an interest in this first class long distance cruising cat then contact 

A contract for the build and purchase of Broadblue 385/037 was signed in November and 6 weeks later she was launched from the factory in Poland on her way to Emsworth for rigging and handover. She was craned into the canal alongside the factory on the last working day of 2009 and only escaped the inland sea with the aid of an ice-breaker tug!! She was reported today to be passing down the Dutch coast and is due in Portsmouth by the middle of January. A number of owner inspired improvements have also been included in the specification for this model so if you would like to have a test sail or viewing contact

There's still just time to get a new 385 or 415 delivered thisseason so call or email to arrange a viewing and test sail

Broadblue 415 01 and 04 in the ARC

We were delighted to hear from John Macrae, owner of Broadblue 415/04 at the end of his atlantic crossing in the Atlantic Race for Cruisers (ARC) and to also hear that he and BB415/01 were the first two catamarans under 44ft to finish proving yet again that these are truly first class cruising catamarans. Perhaps the most important quote from John is "We have no issues at all to report. Nothing broke!!"

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Old 09-01-2010, 00:47   #93
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Is this a general FP observation or reserved for the Athena and Antigua?
I can speak only to the Antigua 37. We owned a '93 for five years, traveling from Seattle where we bought her three years old and out of local summer charter, outfitted her, and traveled over four years from the top of Vancouver I. Down the W coast, couple of years in Mexico/Central America, through the Canal then up the E. coast to the top of Nova Scotia (Bras d'Or Lakes), then back to the Bahamas, FL Keys, and eventually Panama City FL. Then back to the Annapolis where we sold her for $175,000 - $25,000 more than the original price, with several backup offers, through the large FP dealership there. About 23,000 NM's on the log and 3000 hrs on the Yanmar 18's.

The Antigua has true monocoque construction with rounded sections and upper and lower halves glassed together. "Tango" was totally solid through a good number of tough miles, particularly in the 20-30 kt spring Papagallo winds that face you getting from Mexico to Costa Rica that you never hear about. No hull, rigging, or sail failures, no stress cracks, and fewer engine problems than most we cruised with.

Sailing was exemplary - with several 200+ mile days conservatively sailed (double reef in main each night, regardless; little spinnaker use at sea), a draft of 3.5' with fairly long fixed keels giving good windward performance, frequently reaching over 9 kt at about 40 deg apparent wind and 7 at 35 deg. No pounding - just an occasional wave slap. Like all FP's I've seen or sailed on, a good balance between hull fineness and load capacity. She was light on her feet with the two of us and the usual gear, and didn't mind several more.

Sailing with monomarans as large as 50', we almost always made port earlier and seemed to have an easier time of it making it through the rougher stuff, never taking green water aft of the mast. And never in the cockpit running or reaching in breaking seas in gale winds, surfing up to 17 kts with just the full or reefed working jib, under autopilot control.

With two queens, two heads, two small doubles (we converted one to an office), Tango proved to be the ideal boat for us two, with an extra four berths and a huge convertible king in the main salon when we played hotel in Annapolis at the boat show!

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Pete thanks for the FP info. Just curious then why did you sell? Your tag looks like you currently sail a Swan 41?
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Old 16-01-2010, 18:07   #95
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lumps and bumps

A ways back in this thread someone talked about the appendages that add area to the interior at the cost of lumps and bumps in the bridgedeck area. Take it to heart. If there are shelves built between the hulls to accomodate more interior, the wave slam will be worse. Its a simple matter of physics. A smooth bridge deck with gentle lines will be quieter and less stressful on the boat and crew. I own a Manta and surveyed one while under construction several times. I had my doubts about Nidacore, but I now own a newer Manta built of Nidacore and love it. I have seen many high quality boats with wet, deteriorating core materials. Take a hard look at the older Manta 38's. They offer alot for the money. Remember! If you overload it, it WILL sail like a pig! Keep it light, the bottom clean and you'll do fine. The reason Manta has gone from 38 to 42 with little change except transom length is due to consumers overloading the boat.

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