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Old 17-09-2013, 16:21   #31
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Re: HI From Non Sailing Miss Who Has Just Purchased A Catana 42!

Hi Mike,

The when to install is a tricky question for us. The Catana yard seem to be very expensive and our hope was to install water maker and washing machine via another "expert" at some stage. Probably in Turkey...?

As we plan to be onboard for 4 years and have to get from Europe back to Tasmania we will have a great deal of distance to do in the in between a to z. It is this reason and weight that we think a water maker and machine are quite important, It comes down to best place to install for reasonable price.

You seem to pay a big premium for the convenience of the yard installing any additional extra. I have to say this is one reason the Seawind 1250 was attractive as it comes set up for cruisers as standard. I know you pay at bottom line but still the boat is ready for what it is designed to do.

Option A - buy now pay premium
Option B - organise later with greater hassle less $

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Old 02-10-2013, 13:00   #32
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Re: HI From Non Sailing Miss Who Has Just Purchased A Catana 42!

Aloha and welcome aboard!
Good to have you here.
Diesel mechanics knowledge is a good thing but taking a course in rebuilding is a bit over the top. Afterall how many of us knew how to rebuild our auto engines before taking a long road trip?
Learning to use yor sails in my point of view is more important and especially the part where reefing and storm tactics comes in.
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Old 02-10-2013, 13:23   #33
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Re: HI From Non Sailing Miss Who Has Just Purchased A Catana 42!

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Option A - buy now pay premium
Option B - organise later with greater hassle less $
This is true for all factory options, it just depends on how much savings are to be had by outsourcing after delivery. Some things the saving isn't worth the hassle, some the hassle isn't worth the saving.
Easy way is to get quotes to outsource and go from there.
Personally I'd skip the Washing machine, its pretty easy to sail for a month without doing laundry. Usually when we go to a marina, sometimes a month between visits, first thing we do is wash the boat, then laundry, then groceries, then restaurant, sleep, pick up laundry and get the hell out of there. Watermakers are expensive in Europe. I think a factory fitted dessalator D60 will set you back about 8K retrofitted and 10K factory fitted, but from what Ive seen a Spectra fitted in USA would be a lot less. Unfortunately a WM would be really handy crossing the Atlantic!
Also a WM will require a haulout to fit, so add another 500EU, unless you wait till you are in a tidal area and you can fit through hulls at low tide.

Keep in mind factory fitted items will be easier to get warranty service on. Most retrofit guys aren't that interested in after sales service.
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Old 03-10-2013, 01:30   #34
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Hi John and Monte,

I am have decided from comments posted thus far that the diesel course can wait until the radio, skipper and navigation course are ticked off for the Captain.

My "I don't know what to do" comes from the washing machine. I seem to have two very clear schools of thought - Yes install factory - No don't bother. However since the boat is underway I need to make up my mind sooner than later. Washing is important but this is from a perspective of working full time two jobs and having a land based life. How life will be on the sea is still as foreign to me as living on Mars.

Monte I have to say your cost of "savings" argument is very compelling....

Much to consider

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Old 03-10-2013, 01:37   #35
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btw I would fit in the diesel course as well if possible !
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Old 03-10-2013, 01:49   #36
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Well that is for the husband extraordinaire to do - I have just secured a second job for final year of working - Yah I am excited! I will have to be a quick learner...

But I have booked in the radio course and Australia Day weekend sailing course

Some days the learning curve feels a little overwhelming (particularly when I come on this site) but every journey is one step at a time - Right.

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The Miss,

You will look back on this learning curve fondly as your cruising to many destinations.
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sometimes actually sailing the boat is easier then the courses. , youll find it all makes sense when you step on board, or realise all that "book" learning was an amusing aside and go sailing.

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