I have a 45' Horstman Tristar. I love the boat
but I often find myself contemplating getting a catamaran
instead due to the saloon
layout vs that of my tri. However after much consternation over cost to move up to a newer cat, I decided that I'm going to tear off the deck
from the mast
to the pilot house and make a one-level saloon/ cockpit
all the way to the aft deck
. The end result will place the mast
on the new saloon
roof and will add steps to the forward v-birth and to each ama cabin
from within the saloon area. I will also add one more cabin
. To to this I need to raise the floor I the cockpit
by approx 30 inches. That will result in the new floor of the saloon being 56" higher. All space below that new floor, what I the current
settee and opposing couch, will become storage
and a small crew cabin.
I have spoken to the right boat
yard in the Philippines
who will build me a shed/ building for the project
and can source all the local trades for the carpentry work
. I will hire day laborers for the glass work
. I plan to use carbon fiber and foam core
for the new floor and saloon roof. I will need to relocate the mast to the pilot house roof so I'll need to source a new chainplate fabricator.
I will strive to make this a weight neutral project
thought the use of composites and removing the present wood furniture. However, the wrap-around saloon windows and sliding glass door will likely put me over weight so I am planning on adding 3-5 feet to the main hull
at the stern and possible 1-2' to each ama. That should help with bouancy, however I am not sure how it will affect performance, nor whether that will even be enough.
I sent Ed Horstman an email
to see I he would be interested in taking on the project. He hasn't replied back. I'm not sure if he's even still alive. He's got to be in his 80s by now. But I have heard he does not take to kindly to those who attempt to alter his original designs. So I then contacted Chris White about it. Thus far he hasn't returned my queries.
I know it may seem like an ambitious project but it's actually quite logical. I don't want to spend $800,000 on a new trimaran
of this design and I'm not much into the new production cats. I don't like the really low bridge deck clearance. Besides, I really love my boat. She's just needs to be modernized to keep up with the latest multi-hull design and accoutrement trends. I'm figuring $75-$80,000 for the project and most of that is in the custom windows and doors, new galley
and new nav suite. I might also add another engine
so that would bump up the cost by another $15,000. But even at $100k, I see that as far more fiscally sensible than buying
a $800,000 boat that is worth half that amount 10 yrs later. This is the final boat I want to own until I retire. At which point I plan to get out of boating
altogether and move on to other things. So I don't mind putting in a bit of money
now to get what I want out of a boat but do use most of my longer term financial resources on my kids
education and property deals I'm working on as well.
Any ideas as to how I can track down the right multi-hull naval architect?