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Old 02-05-2014, 07:26 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by steve_h View Post

I quite agree about overweight GRP boats but I meant more as a general term that GRP is a lightweight material compared to steel and ali and is very suitable for building catamarans. I think a catamaran has to be at least 50' long to be made from aluminium!
Agreed, that is my understanding too.
The trouble for me is that I will be single handed a lot of the time so 50+ is a bit big unless it is designed for sailing solo, think electric winches and furling sails and that puts a massive cost on things. Not to mention the marina fees

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Old 02-05-2014, 07:45 AM   #16
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If you are singlehanding a lot have a look at the Prouts. They have a small mainsail and large headsail which would be easier to control. Some of them are also cutter rigged which gives you more options. Not a fast boat but well proven and comfortable and reasonable priced. On your own a 33' one would provide plenty of room and not too expensive to berth! Look over as many as you can and work out what your priortys are and the type of cruising you are likely to do. All good fun

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Old 02-12-2014, 06:33 AM   #17
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I have mentioned about heavy/light cats but have realised I did not actually give any sort of reference. I reckon our cat is a light weight/performance cruising cat, and she is 36' and is about 4,300kgs loaded. I say "about" as it depends on how much stuff we load on board. Some might say she is a bit heavy, but she sails well enough for me.
So at a rough guess, if you are looking at a 40' cat and they say she weighs about 6,000kg fully loaded, she should perform ok. If she weighs 6,000kg unloaded I would say she was too heavy.
Another indicator is at what wind speed does the motor go off and the sails go up. If it will sail in 5kts as good as it motors, it is good in my eyes. If it needs 15kts before it will sail, well then it would not be for me.
I think you should be able to get a good boat for the money you are looking at, and should not have to spend a further 25k pounds.
Anyway good luck and enjoy the search.

Happy Sailing,


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