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Old 08-08-2013, 03:23   #1
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Roger Simpson Catamarans?

Hi everyone

We are looking with interest at a Roger Simpson catamaran - an 11.5m "Inspiration" model to be exact. We're totally new to the world of multihulls and havent found much intel online, so would be grateful for any opinions and feedback you might have about this design and Simpsons more generally.

Seaworthiness for long distance cruising, performance, and comfort at sea and anchor are the most important factors for us - aren't they for everyone???

The boat isn't officially on the market so I dont have any links or photos but I can say that it has cruised extensively in Australia and South East Asia.

Many thanks in advance!
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Old 08-08-2013, 03:44   #2
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Re: Roger Simpson Catamarans?

A good one is a good thing. The majority were made from production hulls and decks and then often fitted out by owners. They were 10.5 originally and the majority then had their transoms extended. Like all Rogers design's, they are good all round boats, strong, seaworthy and comfortable with out being the fastest boat on the water, they certainly are not disgraced either. One of the nicest examples that I have seen "Roar ege" lives up there somewhere - here is a link to some video of her doing nice easy cruising speeds. A good one is a boat worth having, in my humble opinion.

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Dont know much but here is a fun looking video.



3 lifelines would suggest ex charter??????
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Snap! - She isnt ex charter, she was one private owner till about two years ago. Lived about 7 boats up the finger from me.
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right back at you!!!

Fair call, I obviously have no knowledge of it, just an alarm bell for me when I see it. Not necessarily a deal breaker, just to be aware of if it was.
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Old 08-08-2013, 21:51   #6
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Re: Roger Simpson Catamarans?

Thanks for the responses guys. That is a fun video!
We'll be checking her out soon, (not Roar Edge, another one) so here's hoping she's a good one!
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Hi bluesun,
Roar Ege is our boat, She is based in Bundaberg. We have found her to be comfortable and a competent boat while we have owned her. Having done quite a few trips with two small children in tow, room aboard has not been an issue as we have three cabins(kids have a cabin each) and one head/bathroom(but we usually use the transom shower anyway). She is quite easy to sail short handed and sails reasonably well in light airs . The longest stretch we have spent aboard was three months , in which time we sailed from Bundy to Lucinda and back. We weren't that keen to get off when we arrived home , that must say something!

Sadly she was knocked around extensively in the floods, but she is slowly being bought back into shape.The vid that was posted was one of our many trips over and back to Fraser Is . I hope there to be many more in her. Like all boats there will always be compromises but she suites our needs . Good sea keeping abilities, comfortable interior without being a floating unit, ability to actually sail( god knows how many people we've met that always have one motor going) and to be reliable and safe( I guess that's up to me abit). Well that's my say , oh and my wife and I were very chuffed to see Roar Ege talked about in such good light.
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Hi Angus
Great to hear your first hand report! We were in Hervey Bay during the floods so thankfully escaped any damage but had friends in Bundaberg who lost rigging and copped a lot of damage. Good luck with your repairs to Roar Ege, we hope to see you out there one day soon!
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