jzk - your posting was
insulting and also irrelevant to this thread - ssullivan wasn't asking for your (or anyone else's opinion) on how to run a business, but rather some suggestions on locating a cat that he could reasonably afford.
ssullivan I suspect that the Polynesian Cats would not suit your purpose - from the appearance, there is no entry from the bridgedeck accomodation into the hulls.
The Solaris mentioned by carbnsol looks to be in pretty decent shape and is also listed at 2hulls.com at only $79,900.00. Carbnsol and I both own Solaris Sunstream 40's - a rather different design. However, the 36 listed here seems similar to the early Solaris 44 which has a reputation for being unable to tack without using the iron jenny.
That being said, you can determine that with a test sail. I can say that the 40's were built to Llloyd's offshore
standards (as were the later Sunrise 36's) and this means a very strong boat. I suspect that the same was true of this boat. Yes, this adds weight (and reduces performance), but there is something reassuring about tempered glass windows instead of thin sheets
of plexi or polycarbonate etc., etc.
By way of comparison, there is a PDQ
36 ( a boat with a well-deserved reputation for good quality construction) on the hard
beside my boat. My Sunstream 40 was simply plopped down on a couple of 2x6's, whereas the PDQ
had to have 6 jackstands adjusted under the bridgedeck in order to reduce flex. Apparently if left only her keels, you are unable to open the interior
doors in the PDQ.
rig has its proponents and certainly has some advantages: it ensures that all lines are led directly from the mast
into the cockpit
; it provides a separate staysail stay for both a staysail and storm jib
, very useful in extreme conditions; it keeps the main to a moderate size which permits easier hoisting and trimming, etc.; it keeps the mast
and therewith the center of effort of the rig somewhat lower (important, especially in a relatively narrow cat). It will certainly not provide the light air performance of the more current
fractional rigs, however. Note that Prout built a huge number of boats with an identical rig, and that their successor Broadblue
still makes the cutter
rig available as an option on at least the 385 model.
The rather square edged coachouse may not be very modern in appearance, however it will provide some additional deck
seating areas should you be looking at day charters. Further, the full bow pulpit (never seen on modern cats) provides added security
for you clumsy charter
parties. So far so good. Unfortunately, the specifications refer only to a single
and hence, I suspect, a drive that protrudes from under the already low bridgedeck.
The windshield is a plus in wet conditions and the cockpit
is also well protected in all directions. Unfortunately, the bridgedeck and foredeck seem to go fairly far forward in this design. Again, a negative when going upwind in heavy conditions (albeit great for lounging).
Still, if you are looking at a boat for chartering you could do much worse. The only stress cracks on my 1994 Sunstream 40 are on the lid for the propane
locker - they really can take a pounding. And while the beam is especially narrow on this model of 36, it is similar to the Prouts of that era and can actually be docked in many slips designed for modern monohulls. The Solaris also has the advantage of at least some bouyancy aft in the hulls and a much nicer bridgedeck cabin
layout that the Prout.
Have you given any thought to a Gemini
? No doubt a better sailing ( if less solid boat) and the forward cabin
would be ideal for charter
guests. In any event, I have little doubt that you can find something that suits your needs in the 60-90,000 range although I am, as I already indicated, more than a little suspicious of boats at your preferred price
of under $35,000.00. Keep us posted.