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Old 17-07-2008, 14:48   #1
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Trimaran Contour 50, Nootka 50 or Hammerhead 54?

Yes i know... A catamaran is much bigger inside. But i canīt stop watching these trimarans...

Which one of these is the best for a couple who want to cross the atlantic and sail around in a couple of months. The sailing is a large part of the journey...

And i want a boat from atleast year 2000-

And a fast and safe boat....
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Old 17-07-2008, 22:25   #2
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If you can find a Hammerhead 54--- jump on it! Don't know about the Nootka and would not recommend the Contour. But a 54, well I'd sure be tempted if the Admiral..... I can't go there.
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Am I right in saying that Contour is out of business? If so that may affect the retained value. From what I have seen and read of the hammerhead - its stunning boat. And all of chris whites stuff seems to work very well. At 50 foot a tri turns into a serious cruising option.
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Anyone know how many hammerheads chris white have built?

The hammerhead is a custombuilt boat and itīs probably very big differences on each boat. How much do you think a hammerhead cost?
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I've seen $450k in the past. I've also seen at least 3 different existing ones (in pix). There may be more and the prices (if available at all) could also be lower when you find the 'right' one.
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Am I right in saying that Contour is out of business? If so that may affect the retained value. From what I have seen and read of the hammerhead - its stunning boat. And all of chris whites stuff seems to work very well. At 50 foot a tri turns into a serious cruising option.
Last summer I visited with the owners of a Contour 34 in an anchorage in the San Juans. Of course, we compared boats and during the conversation they said they had no place to go for parts etc, as the company was gone. They had an email address which didn't even give them the respect of a reply.

The boat was not well fitted, nor did it make very good use of space.
It was deep and cavernous feeling inside, but had no storage to speak of.

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Old 18-07-2008, 12:23   #7
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I've seen $450k in the past. I've also seen at least 3 different existing ones (in pix). There may be more and the prices (if available at all) could also be lower when you find the 'right' one.
For a hammerhead? Age of that boat?

Ok, Contour is out of business, any other boats in size and style like the hammerhead. You can find trimarans but often little to much race..
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Well, there was a reason, i believe Contour is no longer in business...

I've seen two Contour 50's, and the boats were built well--a real high performance cruiser. Seems built too well, to complete with some of the cheaper boats coming in from other parts of the world. The Contour 50 received excellent reviews from a couple of reviewers...try Multihulls World, I believe. There is also a Contour 50 two minute video on youtube.com if your interested...

I think many of these big multihulls really have to be thought of as "one-off" boats, There isn't much of anything that can't be repaired by a yard or purchased new...engine, rigging, mast etc. I don't see a problem there, as long as the design is a good one.
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If i can find i buyer in Europe or sail her to a buyer, and sail her for a couple of mounths from Toronto? to Europe and after that selling her. I should do it asap. But i understund these boats are not easy to sell fast.
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Old 03-08-2008, 14:27   #11
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...an easy sell...

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If i can find i buyer in Europe or sail her to a buyer, and sail her for a couple of mounths from Toronto? to Europe and after that selling her. I should do it asap. But i understund these boats are not easy to sell fast.
I don't think any large boat is an easy sell, especially with the difficult economic times here and in the Europe. If properly priced, however, boats can be sold within a few months, I think. I don't think I'd enter into a purchase with a short-term time horizon, though...just my two cents.
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I don't think any large boat is an easy sell, especially with the difficult economic times here and in the Europe. If properly priced, however, boats can be sold within a few months, I think. I don't think I'd enter into a purchase with a short-term time horizon, though...just my two cents.
No thats true, itīs not easy to sell a bigger boat at all. I would like to sail a boat like this for some mounths, and then buy a catamaran. I donīt want to go for a tri...and live with her for the rest of my life or sell it to a very low price. This boat is not fun as a liveaboardboat...for longer time.
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As I wrote, if you sell the boat at the right price, you will move it. Boats DEpreciate. Most owners forget that when it's time to sell...
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Chris White's Juniper was for sale for (I believe) under 200K last year. If I'd had the money I would have been sorely tempted. Don't know if it's still available.
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