This is the last current
entry in the 'Sinking Cats' thread.
The boat with the scuba
divers is a lagoon
. Many of them have the double disadvantage of being very heavy and having very little structural bouyancy. FP would be harder, yes, as would privilege
. And from South Africa
, gunboat, SF 50 and 44, Admiral I think as well, and Africancats has also done a great job of designing an unsinkable boat.
Dolphin and PDQ
are also excellent and made in South America
Originally Posted by Cotemar
YIKES! It had no mast
, the salon
door was open; it was swamped. Clearly a Fontaine Pajot, French-built cat in the upper thirty to lower forty foot range. You don’t see this everyday!
I inquired around the island the next day to learn the cat was abandoned in terrible weather
somewhere near the Bahamas
and was left dismasted to its own devices. It had just been found the day before, seventeen miles north of San Andres in the open sea, drifting westward in the currents and trade
However disturbing the scene, the incident is a testament to the “unsinkable” rating of European-built catamarans. Brands such as Lagoon
, Fontaine Pajot, and Catana
utilize watertight bulkheads, foam sandwich construction, and other buoyant materials that actually qualify their cats to be certified unsinkable.
When you think about it, that’s pretty darn nifty! Not all cats are created equal and some catamaran
brands are not certified to meet unsinkable standards and will not remain floating if totally swamped. Those “Brand X” cats will plummet to the bottom if they take on too much water. It’s a good question to ask when shopping
for a cruising catamaran.
And the proof is in the pudding. The Fontaine Pajot full of water drifted across the WILD and rough central and western Caribbean
and there she sits, still on the surface.