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Old 05-07-2015, 05:43   #181
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We keep keep one in the garage just aft of the heli-deck but in front of the polo-lawn.
I got rid of the ponies and the polo lawn myself.........too much $h1t to take care of...
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I got rid of the ponies and the polo lawn myself.........too much $h1t to take care of...
Looks like you may have stepped in some.....
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Looks like you may have stepped in some.....
Ill get the chauffeur to clean it up.....

I was going to go down to the boat today. However opening the front door blew in such an amount of heavy rain I decided to forsake the pleasure.

Made Gazpacho and a lamb curry instead...... Curry for tomorrow...

Tonight will be roast dinner with chicken. Got some family coming over.

Sorry you guys over in Sardina and Corsica area are suffering in 35C heat....
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I chartered a leopard 444 in Tahiti a few months ago. We motored a lot for 4 reasons.
1. The genoa was tiny, I can only assume to prevent incidents.
2. On the 444 there is a deck and fibre top out front which catches the wind when pointing.
3. There was a 4 pm curfew to be inside the reef on each island
4. Fuel was free with charter.

Would have liked to sail more but it just wasn't to be


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Re: Why Do Catamarans Motor Nearly 100%

Sundowners,

Thanks for the input, I'm beginning to see a pattern.

The charter season around here is really getting revved up this week, I'm surrounded by four Sun Odysseys from the Sun charter company, I think they just picked up their clients.
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FYI. When I charted in Tahiti they did not ask for proof of any sailing experience or certification. Quite strange I thought.
I had a snorkel on the first day to look at the hulls. Wow! Cuts, dents and scrapes all over it that's when I decided not to buy ex charter.


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Good luck with your new boat.
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This thread has renewed my interest in the Sunreef. 'Currently, happy with the Oyster, but.... Always looking.
There are plenty of excellent sailing multis out there - for similar prices or less to a sunreef. Not to criticise them , but 1.6 metres draft is a big negative. And 22 ton lightships is even bigger. Plenty of good boats out there that sail well for equal or less money.
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My only personal experience sailing one, was on the Leopard four years ago at the boat show... So we were genuinely curious if all cats sailed similar to the Leopard. How else to find out unless we ask? Our friends on the Lagoon only reinforced this notion, by claiming that they rarely sail because their boat was "slow," as they put it.

This thread has renewed my interest in the Sunreef. 'Currently, happy with the Oyster, but.... Always looking.

Why would you think all cat's sail the same? Do you think all mono's sail the same? Surely you know there are heavy displacement cruisers, medium cruisers, performance cruisers, cruiser/racers, etc etc etc...

Same with cat's.

Take a look at some America's cup video's. Just so you know, those cats weren't motoring. Yes, they are extreme racing cat's. Huge performance, but no room. The Lagoons and Leopards are probably closer to the opposite end of the spectrum.

Just as you did with your Oyster, you just need to find the boat that fits you. And it may not even be a cat.
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you just need to find the boat that fits you. And it may not even be a cat.
Wash your mouth out!

Of course it is........



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NO! I must say more 44' Cruising Cat!!

My heart is full to breaking at the aspirations that you have reached.

Not only have you proved that Cats sail to windward, thus shattering myths worldwide and breaking mono sailors hearts everywhere..... you now have set you sights on attempting to motor 100% of the time!
Motoring 100% is old hat. EVERY cat driver (oops, nearly said sailor) does that.

Admittedly, I never knew that, but this thread has educated me.

So now, I want to do better. 110% is my target.
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Motoring 100% is old hat. EVERY cat driver (oops, nearly said sailor) does that.

Admittedly, I never knew that, but this thread has educated me.

So now, I want to do better. 110% is my target.
Do you have a blog where I can learn about the build of your vessel? Ive been meaning to ask you for about 6 months but there was always a fight to observe or a defence to lay...............
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Re: Why Do Catamarans Motor Nearly 100%

We have friends that chartered a cat in the BVI. Sailboat. For the entire week, never raised they sails. They are not sailors; they are more partiers.

Our fuel tanks hold about 30 gals. In three years, we didn't use that much fuel - only to motor out of the marina, and tight channel. We just did a 200 mile delivery and motored most of it, with sails up, in the ICW. If we had been offshore, the motors would have never run. In the ICW, the direction changes constantly and you are motor sailing.

I think your statement implies cats motor and monos sail. I don't see that pattern. Maybe you hang out in places with large charter fleets. In our real world, both sailboat types generally sail, unless they can't.


Plus our boat sails a lot faster than it motors, and no one wants to go slow unless they have to!
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Do you have a blog where I can learn about the build of your vessel? Ive been meaning to ask you for about 6 months but there was always a fight to observe or a defence to lay...............

No, sorry. I did start an essay about the build on another forum, but that forum suddenly disappeared without trace.

There's a little bit about it on here:

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No, sorry. I did start an essay about the build on another forum, but that forum suddenly disappeared without trace.

There's a little bit about it on here:

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Thanks for that. Ive bookmarked it for reading
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