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Old 27-12-2011, 13:48   #31
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Re: Which blue water cruiser cat should I buy?

Thanks folks for the feedback. I wonder what cruisers look for in performance. To me it would be ability to sail more and power less. So having a boat that can sail in 7 knots rather that power is key? Also having an ability to go to weather opens up more sailing. Not sure i care if I am going 9 knots are 12 knots on a reach. Yes I like to be trimmed properly but either way I am going to be enjoying life.

As for galley up or down? I am biased down because I like to be a bit out of the flow when cooking. The antares has the ability to keep the cook involved by moving a settee cushion. But we will see. Suspect a decent portion of the cooking will be from the bbq on the stern rail.

Thanks folks for the great opinions. really powerful forum. I will surf about the atlantic 42.
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Old 27-12-2011, 14:16   #32
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Thanks folks for the feedback. I wonder what cruisers look for in performance. To me it would be ability to sail more and power less. So having a boat that can sail in 7 knots rather that power is key? Also having an ability to go to weather opens up more sailing. Not sure i care if I am going 9 knots are 12 knots on a reach. Yes I like to be trimmed properly but either way I am going to be enjoying life.
What are your primary intended cruising grounds? If you're planning on a milk run through the South Pacific, then perhaps a jump across the Indian Ocean, then most of your sailing will be downwind and you'll spend more time trying to slow down than speed up. Pushing a loaded down cruising boat gets expensive in a hurry. Most smartly take it easy and enjoy the 7-10 kt pace that's easily attainable and not so stressful on a boat like your Antares.
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Old 28-12-2011, 15:56   #33
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Milk run. But first need to sail from BA to Caribbean. Oh and i did mention the ICW. Trying for fun and low stress. But on the way home after the Med i was thinking of leaving the UK to Port. Being told by the other half, NO WAY. To cold and windy.
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Old 02-01-2012, 17:07   #34
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Did you ever consider the MaineCat 41? They had a limited production run, but a few are available. I like the deck arrangement and the overall seaworthiness of the design, plus it just seemed to catch my eye the first time I saw one. You will undoubtably be happy with our boat. Until you set eyes on a MaineCat 41. They sail fast too. But you will be happy with your boat, enjoy.
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Ok... cat out of the bag. I am a happy owner (well soon to be) of an Antares 44i. Flaws to my choice?
Ok,
And how soon to be.
Please share your experiences.
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