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Old 11-03-2013, 00:40   #1
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spirited 380 performance

Does anyone know how well catamarans in general and specifically the spirited 380 sails upwind and tacking? Also how does it handle heavy seas and ocean crossings?
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Contact Careka on this forum, i'm sure he will help.. Cheers
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Old 11-03-2013, 02:32   #3
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Sails very well, very quick very high and tacks easily. And yes I have sailed on a couple
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Old 11-03-2013, 03:10   #4
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have you sailed in heavy seas? you think it would be good for crossing oceans?
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Old 11-03-2013, 05:22   #5
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Re: spirited 380 performance

Spirited 380 Lost in the Coral Sea

Cat Capsizes off Kangaroo Island

Speaking without specific knowledge of the above events.....
Having come close to buying one, visiting a local builder in production and studying them carefully for some time, I think it remains clear that they are a rather pretty, capable, modern, light displacement, performance riged cat with an excellent turn of speed, ideal for coastal cruising and racing. I suspect there are better options for water sailing">blue water sailing where the speed Vs robustness equation might favour the latter. It might be that the engine hatch issues described in for Minx, have been redesigned and are now sorted.
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Old 11-03-2013, 05:34   #6
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Re: spirited 380 performance

The issue for me - as I think I mentioned in the other threads is simply that for a blue water boat they probably dont have the full on on floating apartment carrying capacity that some people like. Well built, they will be as safe as anything else, indeed some might say safer given they can beat some weather patterns on passages.

As a design they are what 2wind said, fast and light. If you want to load them up, get water caravan, if you can sail light - good thing.

Its really about what you are like as a cruiser.

Oh and the first story above about the coral sea, with all due respect, I dont think that one was entirely the boats fault.
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Re: spirited 380 performance

I think it is nearly all in build quality. A poorly built boat will suffer from heavy going sooner.

The only cat I have sailed that tacked within a reasonable wind angle was a Catana (read a cat with dagger-boards).

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I think it is nearly all in build quality. A poorly built boat will suffer from heavy going sooner.

The only cat I have sailed that tacked within a reasonable wind angle was a Catana (read a cat with dagger-boards).

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Spirited 380 has dagger-boards
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Spirited 380 has dagger-boards
Then she may sail upwind as well as any other boat. Cats with dagger-boards sail within 90 as soon as they gain some speed. In light winds they tend to sail better than monos I think.

Rough water is the limit, as it is for any other boat.

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Re: spirited 380 performance

OK. So I go to the website.

Now who is the builder?

As I mentioned in another place: I have sailed a Schionning that was very, very poorly built, in AUS.

Who builds Spirited, and how well do they do it?

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They are a design - not a full production build. Craig Schoinning is the designer of the sprited. Noosa MArina, Stallion Marine and a few others build them, as well as custom one off builds.
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OK.

So their quality will vary over the manufacturers, I guess.

They may be a good design but how good a boat you get will be up to the builder. That's the issue I posted on earlier.

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Yep

Much like Schionning (Jeff), Crowther, Piver, Newick, Grainger, Pescott, Kerr, Antrim, Chamberlain, Simpson, etc etc
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Oooops. I was not aware of the jeff/craig thing ...

They are a family?

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Father (Jeff) and son (Craig). Both are nice people - I particularly like Craig. Easy going bloke. But two separate design operations.
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