Pete and his spam dismasted all by itself, no collision
. From what I can tell from reading his blog (I HIGHLY rec you look for it and youtube vids, a really nice guy and does the route
you want to do) I am not certain exactly what brought the mast down. My take is they were over-powered and rigging failed. I don't recall
them mentioning having or using a drogue
(either professionally made or diy like line and chain) and that right there may have prevented catastrophe? I think they mentioned going 12kts and that seems too fast for a cat that size (esp that beam), imho.
It's always easy to armchair something like this though so I may be totally wrong.
Pete did a great job of handling the matter and safely got he and his crew in the lifeboat to another that brought them shore. What inspires me is that he didn't let that crush him, instead he is still out there on another cat (can't tell what kind in the vid but maybe another prout?).
I would love to hear about the headroom
and ama floor widths. What do you think the 32 Prout (and im confused, you mean 31 or 33, right?) headroom
is in the salon
and floor width of the amas, please? I am looking at inexpensive cats in the EU regions for a friend, he is 6'3" and has a 55lb dog.
Re: mast, at least the Prouts aren't deck
stepped like the geminis, it looks like they go down to the cockpit
floor? You could add reinforcements if you wanted to. Honestly, the mast setup attracts me as its a small main, really just for balancing sails
with a lot less risk of an accidental jibe causing catastrophy.
Idk, I just think you may not want to write a cat off since because you will be singlehanding
you yourself may fair much better on a cat; less fatigue, able to make decent meals
, smaller sails
to manage (than a 36' mono).
Have you considered the two 31s for sale
in the UK below 20£?
Originally Posted by Lizzy Belle
I don't know what
happened, but any boat that's involved in a collision / accident
that results in a hole can sink. With mast or without. A cat will take a lot more to sink then a mono, but cats aren't unsinkable, just hard to sink. And even if part of a hull
stays above water, you'll still end up in your life raft ... (I still call that 'sunk', but I guess technically it's not sinking).
Dismasting is something I do worry about - I am aware it's mostly just 'between my ears' but being used to my oversized, keel
stepped mast and then seeing that little twig of a mast on a small Prout and that tiny mast foot ... Yikes
Since opening this topic I've been on a Prout 37 and a 32. The 37 had a heavily modified interior
which I disliked, but that's up to each owner of course. The 32 ... Yes, compared to my current
boat it's a lot more boat, but darn - little to no head
room in the main cabin
and the hulls were more narrow that I'd thought.
So I had a reality check: I'm keeping LB until I have an opportunity to buy a larger boat - and then I'll probably go for something like a Wauquiez C36 or something. Whatever is on the market then and makes my heart go boom boom boom