Originally Posted by Waveda
Peter, thank you for your writeup on the 40. May i ask you what you liked or disliked about the rest of the boat? Did it sail "tight" with little creaking for example? Lastly, if I am not mistaken, the helms position is the same as the Catana, or am i missing something? many thanks
This is the 3rd one I have sailed; the other 2 were just for a few hours on test sails
with someone else skippering. The other 2 were pretty quiet but this one was actually fairly noisy in 2 ways:
1. Walking on the floor in the galley
caused a creaking that we were unable to trace
2. The rigging
was very creaky under sail. However, this was a charter
boat at the end of a season so I put this down to overdue maintenance
Other than that she sailed very well, though the fixed props on this example caused an annoying vibration and lost
us speed. You can lock the props to get rid of the vibration but then you lose more speed.
In terms of performance, this was my first time chartering a cat after many years of monohull
sailing so I can't compare to other cats. Also, we are cruisers, we aren't that interested in performance. When we think of making good time, the emphasis is on "good" rather than "time".
Our sail plan was square top main, self tacking jib
, screecher. Conditions were Ionian
like ie mostly light airs
Screecher was fantastic and we had 6 knots in 8 knots of breeze on a reach.
Couldn't make much progress at less than 50 degrees upwind but that is fine; we are cruisers and happy to follow the wind
Had one lumpier passage
, 20 - 25 knots wind
with 2-3m swell. Had the sea on the aft quarter, 2 reefs
in main (we were being overcautious) and reduced jib
size when gusts got to 25kn+. Very comfortable, felt extremely secure and made 8 - 9 knots. Boat manual recommends 1st reef at 28 knots (though I hadn't read that at the time of the passage) so you could get much better performance, on test sail we did 10kn in 18kn wind with full main and gennaker
Outside relaxing space superb, two full length reclining areas, great for a couple.
work very well, using electric winch
end of dinghy
and manual for light end
33kg Rocna anchor
fantastic (don't know if this is standard)
Boom height great, very easy to work on
Engines very easy to work on, changed impella while underway no problem
She felt great, we just enjoyed living on and sailing her. I can only say this of a small percentage of the charter
boats I have used over the years.
v comfy, spent a lot of time up there underway
chain piled up in locker and caused chain to jump off windlass
a couple of times; a simple post fitted in the locker would fix this, not a biggie
Heads are very small, sitting on the "throne" there was very little room to move; I am 80kg, for someone larger this would be an issue.
In heads, taps are on the right of the sink which is the wrong side for a right handed person
Aft cabins have no overhead hatch