Originally Posted by R&B
Although I did my homework, It is always great to hear from people that have been there done that....especially on the boat that we expect to take care of us......Our privilege and our cruising kitty are still in the TLC stage... She was neglected for several year in Grenada
after a short charter
career. We made her our home and have not regreted a minute. We look forward to a long relationship with her. Your lifes philosphy as well as you website are truely inspirational and we have enjoyed several hours reading it. If you started over what would you have done differently to prep Exit Only....Any advice you could send our way is greatly appreciated.....Thanks again.....
You'll find that the Privilege 39 to be a very forgiving yacht when sailing offshore
. We never had any structural problems in our circumnavigation and that is a real blessing because we saw several cats in New Zealand
who had damage to bridge decks.
A catamaran is like a monohull
in one important respect - the hull
must be strong enough to dissipate the kinetic energy generated by sailing into walls of water
- known to most people as waves. If you sail any catamaran fast enough, long enough, in big enough seas, you will eventually create a demolition derby. You simply can't build a cat strong enough to withstand the beating that it will take if you relentlessly bash into seas at high speed. I have never worshiped at the altar of speed because I wanted to do a circumnavigation without having to do structural repairs
as I sailed around the world. I limited my boat speed to an average of 6.25 knots which gave me 150 miles a day when on passage
. While sailing at 6.25 knots may not be exciting, you arrive at your destination
without needing to be hauled out for repairs
. As a cruiser, I could not afford to spend large sums of money
The Privilege 39 does require watching of the rigging
. I installed mast
steps so that I could inspect the rigging
before every passage
. I had the privilege with diamond stays on the mast
. Here is the rigging toll on an eleven year circumnavigation. Replaced rigging on a new boat is as follows:
Raitea French Polynesia
: 1 upper diamond stay
: 1 upper diamond stay
: all upper and lower diamond stays
: 1 diamond stay.
Stay toggle, One upper diamond stay
The only rigging that has not been replaced in eleven years was the two cap shrouds.
I put runnning backstays
up before starting my circumnavigation because I wanted to protect the mast just in case I lost
a cap shroud
, and curiously, the only stays that survived the circumnavigation were the cap shrouds. Coincidence? I don't know.
The two most important additions to the yacht after starting the circumnavigation were a 70 pound buegel anchor
in Mooloolaba, Australia
, and Two Aerogen 6 wind generators.
I dragged a 45 pound CQR
and 60 pound CQR
all around the Pacific and Australia, and I finally got tired of anchor
watches and dragged anchors. After I got the 70 Buegel anchor, I didn't drag anchor until I got to the Canary Islands. Buegel Anchor=No anchor watch and we can leave the boat knowing that it will still be there when we return, even if there is a shift in the wind and tide.
The two Aerogen wind generators were quiet and awesome. We could go for weeks at a time without running an engine
. They would provide up to 400 amp hours a day when the trade winds were running twenty knots.
Good luck on your cruising dreams