Hi. Sorry but $500,000 buys you one hull
of a catamaran
. Builders of aluminum
sail at this length in mono..itís a pretty small world. I know what it costs them to build. Boatbuilders do talk to each other. Conversations quite different from that with designers and clients.
Nice, not workboat but very simple..two million.
Used, tired but can be refinished...one million. I just donít see 1/2 million unless itís like a beautiful boat like Kiwi posted earlier. Not exactly the easiest boat to sail. Mast
at 85í above water
? Itís fast but if something goes wrong, youíd wish Paul Bunyan could chop the mast
down and Popeye could chuck it overboard
Lastly, drop keel, centerboard
...whatever you want to call it has three things not going for it. One, takes up a lot of interior
space unless your cutting the boat into mini cabins for elves as passengers. Two. In the up position, the weight is way up thatís not including all the weight you added constructing and reinforcing the case to the hull
. Weight not under the waterline. Third, potential jam. Sorry potential disaster. Try fixing a drop keel yourself in this size vessel.
With twin keels you pay a wetted surface penalty. It costs a lot to build correctly. A lot more than center boards, lift
keels or whatever you call them.
What you gain is well documented in performance, tracking
, stability and the ability to dry out on a sand bar for a look see or serious repair
...sufficient to say lots of designers, builders and owners are willing to pay the additional costs. Aluminum
yacht and workboat builders know a lot about each otherís work
, costs and markets. There are few bargains for quality boats. I donít follow the catamaran
world so I will not comment.
Well one of my best friends owns a fast cat and believes my half-a-cat, beer
can without bottom paint
is only a sinister ploy to get free propulsion
. He accuses me of training
manatees and feeding them all they can eat from the bottom and all they can drink from the water
maker. Not true. They get broccoli cookies .
Happy trails to you.
Mark and his manatee friends.