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Old 20-03-2014, 06:45   #1
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Function over form

With a wife and 2 boys, any cat under 40' or so is going to get a little cramped. Ideally I think something in the 45' range would be the best combo of ease of sail and room for family and friends. My issue is that when you get in this size you see mainly the condo cat type with marble counters and nice wood flooring. I tend to like my boats a little more function over form. I like white gel coat finish instead of wood paneling on the walls, stuff like that. I guess I prefer a racer type interior with the room of a cruising cat. Does anyone make such an animal?

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Re: Function over form

Any Outremer before around 2012
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Old 20-03-2014, 13:16   #3
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I too would look at Outremers.

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Try FreeFlow cats for best of both worlds.

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Re: Function over form

Early 2000s leopards have little wood paneling and supposed to be good quality. To each his own, but I can't stand feeling like I'm in a bare plastic bathtub all day long.

Here's a quote from a recent Sail magazine:
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"There really is no substitute for the beauty of a varnished teak interior. Our monohull feels like a home, whereas the catamaranís all-white plastic-looking interior felt as if it was designed so that blood spatter could be wiped off any surface with nothing more than a wet paper towel. Just bleach away the crime scene."
Personally, I need wood for peace of mind. It also helps keep the boat buoyant if you are sinking.
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The Voyage line is equipped for efficient blood splatter removal. Not so fast though, more like average.
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Re: Function over form

Chris White's Atlantic series of cats would seem to fit the bill. If you are concerned about interior volume, the 42 may prove too cramped for your tastes, but the 48, 55 and 57 should fit the bill. Very performance-oriented and typically with lots of white in the interior!

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Personally, I need wood for peace of mind. It also helps keep the boat buoyant if you are sinking.
? Most multis are made with foam, a bit more buoyant that timber
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? Most multis are made with foam, a bit more buoyant that timber
Not all of them have foam both above and below the waterline (which rises a bit as you take on water). Anyway, I'm just talking about peace of mind. It has little to do with rational fears...
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