Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Portugal, West Coast
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It is the first time you post about a boat I never heard of
Thanks for this one. It is not yet a boat, just a project and I don't think they have yet started one even if they give a budget.
For racing an aluminum one would not make sense because it is heavier than the plywood or fiberglass ones, even considering the weight they give, that seems a bit optimistic to me.
For cruising would be alright but I would bet that the owner of a mini would like to make one or two races a year and besides aluminum is a very bad insulator so you would have to put some more money in a solution.
12k€ does not seem too much, but welding an aluminum boat is a complicated business even for professionals. I find their final price for a complete boat with head and a small galley even better: 25000€
The boat comes from a very young designer that is starting his carer :
Mini 650 Balipi sail Boat
Length OA 6,5
Length WL 6,5
Beam OA 3
Ballast: (Kg) 450
Displacement (kg) 1150
Construction of hull: multiple hard chine, full welded
Material of hull: Aluminum AlMg4.5 (5083)
Fuel tank: NA
Navigation: Northstar. C-map
deck equipment: HARKEN
The first aluminum minitransat boat. Particulary strong. A little heavier than racing boat. Offer for sailing training, charter market, day recreational sailing. For fans of mini 6.50 class.
Last edited by PCP; 10-24-2011 at 12:22 PM.