unfortunately unless you are a seasoned delivery captain
, in this selection process, you are mostly shooting in the dark.
I must say that my experience with Dean is limited to 2 daily sails
once on the old dean and once on the Exquisite which is the evolution of the Dean (I should emphasize that I found a lot of smart seaworthy
features on the Exquisite probably due to the vast sailing/operating experience of the company owners). I have sailed over 8000 nm on the knysna so neturally I know the knysna much better.
The Dean is the one taking water on the bow reletively soon. I do not see it as cardinal issue since cats do not carry the water long due to the nets (unless they have front porch and clogged scoops). This is surely connected to weight and its distribution. That's said, in big seas most the cats I have sailed will get breaking waves once in a while. More breaking waves stress (me) and reduce the comfot level.
As for weight, you must compare apples to apples. One way is to find the CE weight which means that the weight includes partially full water and diesel tanks
, all the equipment
provided by the manufacturer, safety equipment
and crew. So you will to find what's exactly is included in this figure. The knysna, exquisite,and most south African cats
(except Leopard) that i know, are sold as more or less complete boats. Hence they come with genset, watermaker
, multiple fridges, AC and safety equipment
. Most European cats provide these items either as factory options or aftermarket installation
so I am not sure that they include these options in the weight. Unfortunately not every mfr will provide the CE weight. Furthermore, many cats made changes to the original navel architecture design so its not certain that they actually know the exact numbers. You knowbit when you weight it.
As for slamming, bridge clearance is only one part (and to my opinion not always the major factor). Speed, sea condition, wave length, hulls shape, hulls distance and probably more factors that i cannot quantify influence slamming. I have sailed few cats but always in rather limited sets of sea conditions so my experience is partial at best. I have sailed the knysna in almost every sea conditions and my experience is that it slams very little. Again, you cannot compare it to a performance cat sailing at 14-15 knots and slamming extensively vs the knysna in the same conditions which will do 8-9 knots and slam less.
As for pros and cons you can pm me your contact and we can chat.
Originally Posted by Heath68
Sorry to be a pain but im not sure I understand.. the Dean is heavier? Did you mean the Knysna in 2m waves takes on water? My one main concern in both boats is- Dean/speed. Vs Knysna/slamming.
I've been assured by a couple of people on both fronts but they are not big in number.