The "Goldfish" ["Goldfish :-)???] is not significantly different in length from TrentePieds and here are the specs:
VIKSUND 31 GOLDFISH MS sailboat specifications and details on sailboatdata.com
Lord knows that TrentePieds is small enuff, and IMO jamming an aft cabin
onto a 25Ft waterline totally buggers the comfort below decks. In TINY cruisers every cubic inch counts, and the waste of cubic inches in this design is - I think - quite striking!
She is a motor
sailer with a SailArea/Displacement ratio at the low end of the feasible range, though greater than TrentePieds' :-). There are places when being "permanently reefed" can be an advantage (west coast of her native Norway
is one such place), but I wouldn't think the Caribbean
is, any more than is the Salish Sea. It is true, of course, that nothing goes to weather
better than 1,500 RPM
. With the 56HP Volvo
(must be a retrofit since the specs call for 36HP) the consumption
would be four litres an hour, so with her tankage of 200L and a cruising speed under power of 5 knts the range would be 250NM. Not too bad, but I wonder why the retrofit? Maybe the 36-er couldn't push her against the winds howling down from Greenland
like a thousand demented banshees!
One of my dearly held dogmas is that a cruising boat MUST be weatherly. West Coast
, and my native Denmark
, are lee shores, and NASTY when it blows. Just like the coast of Oregon
:-). A cruiser HAS to be able to cleave off. I wouldn't think that the Goldfish can do that, without the Volvo
grinding away, any more than TrentePieds can. I can live with that in TrentePieds because I'm no longer quite a greenhorn, but a noob might want to take this consideration seriously!
I don't believe the Goldfish ever became popular even in her native waters - Norway's "midcoast" very near Bergen. I think there is a reason. I also think that the asking price for the one is Portugal
is WAY, WAY out of line at $40K -green-backs at that!