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Old 08-03-2008, 04:16   #1
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I have just sold my well travelled 12 M monohull and am looking around for a catamaran.

No experience with multihulls at all so am very green.

My first choice is a Catana around 41' mid 1990s, but I see a multitude of other boats in the same price range but info on older cats is hard to come by.

For instance Admiral 47 footer 1996, can anyone tell me the bridge deck clearance, underwater profile and windward capability?

My wife and I sail regularly from NZ to the SW Pacific Island of Fiji, Samoa and Tonga, fairly testing waters to put it mildly.

The boat we buy must have good rough weather sea keeping ability and be able to sail fairly well in all conditions.

Any feedback would greatly appreciated.

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Old 08-03-2008, 05:13   #2
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Good luck in your research, Ross. I do not have first hand info on the Admiral. I recommend the obvious - get on as many differrent boats as you can and sail as many as possible - new, old, different builders, it doesn't matter > every time you step aboard a different boat you'll have more data points to process for what is right for you. Set your budget and be ready to strike when a "good enough" boat presents itself. If you wait for "perfect" you'll be waiting a long time.

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Old 08-03-2008, 06:13   #3
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Ross,

A short rule of the thumb is if the manufacturer doesn't publicise the Bridgedeck clearance then its probably too low.

Are you close to Brisba e- if so come to the MYCQ meeting first thursday of each month and have a chat to a range of real world sailors.
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Old 08-03-2008, 14:27   #5
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Ross,

You might also want to consider something different - a proa, the 15m Harryproa "Rare Bird" is for sale lying in East Australia. Infos on Harryproas at Harryproa Home Page. I specifically like the easy handling, speed and low maintenance aspects of the design.

Also check out the Eric Lerouge designs at Erik Lerouge International.

Avoid low bridgedeck clearance like hell!

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Ross,

A short rule of the thumb is if the manufacturer doesn't publicise the Bridgedeck clearance then its probably too low.
Ross,

We have the Bridgedeck clearance height for some vessels in our 870+ database. By registering a free account with Multihull Dynamics, Inc. - Home this will allow you to peruse the database to see if we have the Bridgedeck Clearance specifiations available for the boats you are interesed in.

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Thanks all for the feedback, will follow up the suggestions.

Cheers Ross
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Hi Dave

Good advice, I will just keep looking and building up knowlege and keep an open mind.

Cheers Ross
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I'll try for next months meeting, thanks.

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Hi Pat

Thanks I'll register there.

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Ross there is also a night on the 19 March at the club to talk about the Gladstone race.
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The admiral is one of angelo lavranos designs. At that point he designed this boat he had typically moved up the bridged deck clearance of his designs. The space aboard the boats is very good. I think construction was balsa core and typically it had good bouyancy fore and aft if I remember right. I've heard only good things about them in terms of construction quality.
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Ross,

We have the Bridgedeck clearance height for some vessels in our 870+ database. By registering a free account with Multihull Dynamics, Inc. - Home this will allow you to peruse the database to see if we have the Bridgedeck Clearance specifiations available for the boats you are interesed in.

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Keep in mind that membership doesn't actually let you see the data, just whether they have the data. If they have it, you must then pay additional to see it.
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Thanks for the Admiral details.

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Keep in mind that membership doesn't actually let you see the data, just whether they have the data. If they have it, you must then pay additional to see it.
Just to clarify. There is no fee involved in setting up an account. Having an account allows you to determine if the data you are interested in is available in the database. Yes there is a fee involved in purchasing data.

Membership is a completely different issue and is not required to set up an account to view what data is available in the database. I hope this helps clarify this. If not PM me and I will give more details.

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