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Old 29-02-2016, 12:28   #1
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I'm looking for a kit cat around 38 to 48 feet.

The short list has the Fusion 40, The Spirited 380/480, the Schionning Arrow 1200 or 1360 plus the Oceanic 373.

I'm having hard time finding any info about the oceanic. It does not look bad on paper, but I'm looking for opinions on it.

What I like about it is the quick assembly and gelcoat finish and the fact that it is much lighter than the Fusion 40. But I could use some pictures of videos like the others have.

My intended usage would be to sell the current mono at launch and go cruising for a few years.

The 480 is the one I like more, but it's hard to keep in the Mediterranean. I'd have to sell it once home again.
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I think that the Oceanic was/is a Jeff Schionning Design that RMK Marine have as their own. All the boats you mention are, as Jeff Schionning says, Designed for need not greed. The Spirited 380 and the Arrow 1200 and the Oceanic will need to have a careful eye kept on payload.

Great sailing boats all of them. I would also include a Pescott Whitehaven 11.7 in the mix
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I did not know about the Pescott Whitehaven. Thank you.

I would throw the Baramundi 470 in too.

Yes, all Jeff Schionning designs. I'm fine with the weight watching. The Arrow 1200 does look weird with the single outboard in the middle. Will make for a difficult sale down the road. There's one in the bulding stage in Europe, and they went with the electric hybrid. Not sure about that either.

To come back on the Oceanic... I wonder how many of them were actually build/launched. There's so little information around and not even on RMK web site.

I've sent them an email. Still waiting for a reply
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IIRC, only a few Oceanic 373s built, by a small outfit on south side of Melbourne, Aust. Not sure if still trading, as they haven't been advertising lately.

Fusion 40 is not a Schionning design; it's designed by Garry Lidgard of Lidgard Yacht Design, although Fusion don't seem to acknowledge this fact on their website. While still a "performance cruiser" it is capable of carrying a bigger payload than most similar length Schionning family products.

If you are keen on DIY cats and love the smell of epoxy in the morning, then you should also consider Tony Grainger and Bob Oram designs.
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I did not know about the Pescott Whitehaven. Thank you.

I would throw the Baramundi 470 in too.

Yes, all Jeff Schionning designs. I'm fine with the weight watching. The Arrow 1200 does look weird with the single outboard in the middle. Will make for a difficult sale down the road.
Possibly. But you could fit two outboards. Not difficult to do, and it does make manoeuvring much easier.
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I actually like the 44C too, but Bob Oram is retired now. I'm not sure if he will support a new build.
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Bob's out cruising at the moment.


But you could save yourself years of work.....


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Tempting for sure. But then I'd miss all the building fun
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Some of it actually is fun. A fair bit of it is not.
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I have just finished the fit out on my Pescott Whitehaven 11.7 and am about to move on board. They are fantastic boats, they sail like a dream, 9-10 knots up wind, top speed off the wind 19.5. Had her out in 5-6m waves and 35-40 knot winds and we were still doing 8 knots hard on the wind punching into the waves. I had Ross Blair (almost the co-designer) build the hulls and I did the fit out, beware, it is a huge amount of work and don't get me started on fairing, sanding and painting the inside...
However, if you want a true sailing boat that still has 2 queen berths a double and a couple of singles and, is seen as the boat to beat, go for the Pescott--the only boats that beat us are the out and out racers...I realise I am completely besotted by my boat so apologies for my one eyed-ness
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Congratulations, the Pescott is truly one of the better boats. Of course it doesn't have a flybridge but I am sure you will cope. :-)
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