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Old 17-01-2015, 08:59   #31
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I just checked out the Multihull Company website. It has a learning center with articles on a wide range of topics to explore. Very useful, methinks

Thanks for all of the advice!
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Old 17-01-2015, 09:03   #32
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I just think George was making a valid comment back to the original post. A 50 is just about twice as big in room, operating cost, headaches, and price than a 40'. Compare apples to apples, L400 to the L500 for instance.

Actually in some ways it is more than twice as big.
Sand crab You left me scratching my head at that one... I'm keen not to steal the thread but can you explain why operating costs (headaches?) would be double from 40 to 50? I am assuming you're not talking about sudden hikes in marina costs. Thanks
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Old 17-01-2015, 11:45   #33
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Sand crab You left me scratching my head at that one... I'm keen not to steal the thread but can you explain why operating costs (headaches?) would be double from 40 to 50? I am assuming you're not talking about sudden hikes in marina costs. Thanks
I was lumping in maintenance because everything is bigger, heavier and more powerful. And the bigger boats generally have more cruising goodies that the smaller ones may not have. Generators, aircon, watermakers and so on.
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Yep, our 40' cat is 12m x 7m so 84m2
A 50, cat is 15m x 8.5m so 128m2 which is around 50% more area, accommodation, fuel expenses, anti foul, docking fees, haul outs, sail costs, running and standard rigging, cleaning, not to mention the items sand crab mentioned above. Some items will cost the same, like a pump that needs replacing or plotter repair. New boat cost is probably around double so insurance around double as well.. We deliberately stayed under 12m (11.97m) to avoid those additional costs and associated work (cleaning) and 12m is more than enough boat for us, especially with the beamy 7.25m.
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Not sure about the US but if you flag a boat over 12m in Canada you have to pay for a tonnage survey. Another $1200 on top of other costs.

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Great thread Caligirl, as we are in a similar situation.... at the risk of being accused of hijacking it, I hope you don't mind me adding a question to it.

Can someone point me towards the catamaran in Caligirls length range (40'ish) that has the tallest bulkhead hieght in the salon/galley area? I am 6'3". Thanks.
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Good question, BS! Hubby is 6'2", so this is also a consideration for us.

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Read today that a tall guy's noggin was bump free on his Leopard 46.
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Can someone point me towards the catamaran in Caligirls length range (40'ish) that has the tallest bulkhead hieght in the salon/galley area? I am 6'3". Thanks.
Don't know the tallest, but 6'2"s and 6'3"s will probably be OK in most 40'+ saloons. Probably in many under that as well. This doesn't mean they won't have to duck some things. FWIW I have a 6'8" college buddy who has visited us aboard a couple times and had no issues. This is what boat shows are for.

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Check the Antares web site if you want videos, or youtube for LiveAntares channel. Even if you are not considering an Antares because of the higher costs, there is alot of good info on what to look for in a cat, so you can start to make your must-have list.

They have videos from folks who Circumnavigated (5 part series), to videos on engine access/filter clean-out, even a decent 'fishing from a catamaran' video.

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