Originally Posted by Factor
Spoken like a true FP Salesman.
Live aboard Outremers are amongst the most, if not The most circumnavigated Multi, on a proportional basis, surely some of these people actually carry more than a toothbrush
I believe FP's are good value for money
, like Lagoon's. As a matter of fact, these two brands combined, they outsell the rest 1 to 10 or so. Selling less doesn't mean necessarly that the rest is not good, but they are appealing for smaller target audiance.
Talking about Outremers, I have great respect on what they are doing. The brand stand for performance and this performance is compromised when you start loading. In other words, they are more sensible to weight because of their slimmer hulls. That's all I am saying.
I know that there are many people who circumnavigated with Outremers but did they really enjoyed the fast passages that they were promissed ? If so why so many 49 is for sales now ? Why the factory has decided to extend it by 2 ft after relatively short period of time ?
Outremer is lighter than Catana 50 but carries 170 sqm of upwind sail vs. 125 sqm of Outremer 52. Yes, the light displacement
is very important, but how much each boat is sinking for every ton of weight you load is even more important. Said this, there are many aspects of Catana that I don't like, starting from exposed helm
I did the Atlantic with trade
winds averaging 180 nm / day (couple of days exceeding 200 nm mark) and very comfortably with Orana. My next plan is to round the Cape Horn and I think that's a bit too much for Orana, althought an Aussi couple did it couple of years ago with her. I've looked at Outremers and Catanas and for the reasons I mentioned I am leaning towards Catana 50. I have a friend here who owns Outremer 51 # 1 hull
and I will try this as well. If I was to make the circumnavigation
, I wouldn't hesitate to go with Orana or Helia.
These are my personal thoughts and you may disagree, but I am not in boat selling business..