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Old 24-05-2008, 11:40   #1
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Knyna Catamaran 440

Hello to All, I try to buy a knsna 440 Catamaran and be searching for a preowned one. Also I aske the community about experience with the space under the bridgedeck. If the space is to small the vessel make a lot of noise with splashing waves. If somebody has experience please let me know
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Old 24-05-2008, 14:40   #2
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Hello to All, I try to buy a knsna 440 Catamaran and be searching for a preowned one. Also I aske the community about experience with the space under the bridgedeck. If the space is to small the vessel make a lot of noise with splashing waves. If somebody has experience please let me know
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Hallo Manfred there will be very few around since they only started to build these in 2005, the original was the St Francis 44 that already had limited bridgedeck clearance but the Knysna is a lot heavier and has almost no bridgedeck clearance left.

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Lack of bridgedeck clearance is a serious problem, not just extra noise. Pounding has caused structural failure in at least one case. Designers are challenged to achieve good clearance in cats under about 40' because the bridgehouse becomes excessively high, both in terms of windage and esthetics. A successful option is to not have a bridgehouse (MaineCat, Shuttleworth, Edel, and TRT come to mind,) or to limit it to seated headroom. To not have adequate bridge clearance in a big boat is IMHO an inappropriate design compromise. I also think a ten to one lwl to hull beam width ratio is a bad decision. And I don't like Pepsi, Fords, claw anchors, all chain rodes, Kim Chi, high heels, solid foredecks and anything that needs hairspray. But, worst of all, I think catamaran builders sing the praises of shoal draft minikeels for the sole purpose of not having to figure out how to build a decent kick-up CENTERBOARD.
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Manfred, If you contact Dries Van Rooyen at: dries@catamaranmarquee.com , he will be able to tell you about any used 440"s available. I know there are a couple coming on the markwt. It is a well built performance oriented cat.
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