In case you haven't guessed yet, I go cruising a lot. I'm in Ensenada Honda
on Cuelebra, PR at the moment. Lots of boats here, not a one a multihull
Last month we delivered Osiris to Cape Canaveral for Jim. We found multihulls in Luperon, a handfull that is out of the hundred or so boats there, but all were longer than 40 ft. From there we sailed thru the Bahamas
. You guessed it, all multihulls were 45 ft LOA
They all cost $250k or more, have two engines multiple fridges etc.
Micro-budget boats they aren't.
.... more of the same..
The era of the Pivers and Wharrams is over. Yes, individuals occasionally build one, but the big flux was a feature of the flower children
So, what happened? Marina charges escalated to the point a multihull
was paying twice the sum demanded of a similar sized mono-hull. The charter trade
settled on cats in the 45-60 ft range as a replacement for the CT 54s and big Irwins. Multihulls in the 28-34 ft range disappeared.
What of the good old boats? They are a remnant of those built during the 70s. They are what remains of boats built before the energy shocks led to reformulation of polyester resins, before builders cut scantlings. They are still going because they were overbuilt, while younger boats are scrapped.
Everyone here who wants to go cruising must come to grips with some salient facts regarding fuel
cost us $1/ gal in 2005 in HongKong $1/liter in 2006 in Mayotte and RSA. $3 / gal last year in St. Thomas, $5 /gal this year in St. Thomas. A man on micro-budget simply will not be able to budget
for fuel, he must do without. I have mentioned this repeatedly.
Specifically, if you can afford fuel for an engine
in your boat
and an engine
on your dink, you are not micro-budget cruising. You may be mini-budget cruising, but not micro-budget. There is nothing wrong with your having the means to do so. I am not criticizing that, but I am responding loud and clear to assertions by those of you with means who apply snobbery to those who lack them. And I assert that the very act you make in deriding economical means to cruise
is evidence enough.
Why is it that the lot of you take not one iota
of interest in the examples shown..? Not one question as to where they cruised, how they managed etc. Instead I hear derision regarding "ordinary boats". Well, I have news for you... micro-budget cruising is performing extraordinary things with the ordinary.
Why do I not hear more regarding how to organize accomodation, how much tankage, storage
wrinkles, how to make your own sails
, awnings, etc. Are the whole lot of you so rich that you can buy this stuff off the shelf? AND If so, will you buy from me? I can use the money
, you see....
AND with your money
, I'll go to the South Pacific