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furrutia 07-19-2010 02:03 PM

Spirit yachts
 
Would one of these beautiful yachts be a good choice for long distance passagemaking; and will they be really high maintenance?

killarney_sailor 07-19-2010 02:43 PM

No, unfortunately!
 
These are gorgeous boats to be sure but not really suited for long distance passagemaking. I looked at the 46' since I cruise a 45'. The killer is the displacement - it is only 9000 pounds. My Bristol is 36000 lbs. This translates into tankage and the ability to carry the large amounts of crap one needs for extended cruising. The website did not mention tankage - I can't imagine it would be much.

They certainly appeal to my traditional eye, but they are in that new category of toy, the 'daysailor' for people of means (see also the Morris and other daysailors). looks like a lovely boat to sail and would be ok for a few days' cruise but it would make no sense to try to cruise one of these for any length of time.

furrutia 07-19-2010 03:04 PM

Thank you Killareny_sailor, very useful and to the point.

PCP 08-01-2010 11:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by killarney_sailor (Post 623989)
These are gorgeous boats to be sure but not really suited for long distance passagemaking. I looked at the 46' since I cruise a 45'. The killer is the displacement - it is only 9000 pounds. My Bristol is 36000 lbs. This translates into tankage and the ability to carry the large amounts of crap one needs for extended cruising. The website did not mention tankage - I can't imagine it would be much.

They certainly appeal to my traditional eye, but they are in that new category of toy, the 'daysailor' for people of means (see also the Morris and other daysailors). looks like a lovely boat to sail and would be ok for a few days' cruise but it would make no sense to try to cruise one of these for any length of time.

I agree about the 46, but certainly the Spirit 70 can do it and the bigger models even better (100, 130). Style and comfort:) .

With this type of boat you will need a substantially bigger boat.

About price and maintenance it is better not to speak and anyway if you are worried about that, you are not qualified to have one of those beauties;)

Regards

Paulo


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