Originally Posted by downunder
By the way I think Blue Tuskfish are amongst best eating fish
around. Need to get out and nab one soon. Sounds like you are a spearo also.
I am tossing around the options between 40 to 45 ft cats because of weight issues not wanting to need to reprovision very often. I want to be able to spend months away in the coral sea
or areas like PNG without having to chase supplies.
Would like to go 45 but may have to end up with 40 yet.
I go past the Fusion factory in Mackay every weeking watching their progress. They have 2 hulls assembled without fitout and another on the way, I presume waiting for buyers.
Sounds like we are of like minds. Yes, a spearo. And one who has/is considering buying/building a Fusion 40. They're not perfect, but would do the job. ie. carrying a sufficient payload of gear
and water and offer sufficient comfort and safety
. However, if the A$ holds up for a wee bit longer and the current
secondhand cat deals remain Stateside or the Carribean
, I can't see the value in buying
or building a Fusion. I'd much rather be sailing and diving my way home across the Pacific than mixing toxic epoxy
and endlessly sanding
. I'm assisting (a little bit!) a Fusion builder
locally, and it's a big committment to build one.
The Freeflow 45 looks good on paper and in photos. But check (if you haven't already) out the secondhand prices for 5 - 10 year old Fountaine Pajots or Leopards in the 42-46 ft range in overseas markets. Many are even equiped with compressors. Even one of those chubby little Lagoons at the right price! Jeez, I've done it now!
Looking forward to getting some enjoyable recreational scuba diving done in retirement
, rather than the "find it, clean it or fix it" type of diving I've done in recent years. Meanwhile, I'll try to keep pulling back the rubbers from time to time.