Solarbri,.....the boat is "Pantera" I do not have any photos of him moving because he never is around us.....
It is an amazing boat. Designed and built by Robert Smith of Victoria B.C. Bob is in Mexico
in the winters and cleans up on any races he is in. He singlehands mostly, including his return trips home to BC from Mexico
The boat is 44' all exotic materials. Nomex honeycomb, carbon fiber etc. The mast
is 58' wing rotating, same exotic materials.
We did get to sail along side one light air day. He had only his blade of a jib
up, and we were full on main and drifter...
He uses a 9.9 hp Yamaha outboard
mounted in the small pod in the middle aft. He uses a killer 13' rowing Peapod with long sweeps for a dinghy
It is true cruising. For me I love it. If you take the ultimate sailing boat, then start to add on each thing that you "need" to survive and to be comfortable. You will start to take away from that pure sailing. The more you add, the farther you get away from that original perfection. Beam and displacement
and a bank of batteries and water
and on and on and on. There is nothing wrong with this. It is just that I am so attracted to pure boats.
I can also appreciate a 50' Aluminum
Mono built for high latitudes. It is a work boat, and built for a purpose. But nothing grabs me like the less "encumbered" boats.