Creating a Motorsailer
<HTML><!-- eWebEditPro 220.127.116.11 --><FONT face=Arial><P>I'm purchasing a 150-foot, 450-ton motor vessel and transforming it into a three-masted motorsailer with a retractable keel and advanced sailing systems. I would like your suggestions on the project and any useful addresses for designs of this transformation and for purchase of the sailing system parts.</P><P>Franco Capanna<BR></P><B><P>Jon Shattuck responds:</P></B><P>Your plan sounds like a unique and complicated task. Retrofitting a powerboat into a motorsailer is like turning a car into an airplane. I'm sure it can be done, but you should definitely evaluate whether it's worth doing.</P><P>To add masts and sailing gear is one thing, but to add a retractable keel and overcome the inherent differences between the hull shape and stability of a motoryacht versus a sailing craft is a whole other issue. </P><P>You may be better off finding an existing motorsailer and refurbishing that to your personal tastes, or you might just want to start from the beginning with the construction of a new vessel to your specifications.</P><P>If the vessel you are planning to buy is somehow worthy of such a retrofit, I would start with a thorough survey and then engage a project manager to oversee every aspect (design, yard selection and relations, systems selection and purchasing, general trouble-shooting, etc.).</P><P>You'll find that your local boatyards or brokers are probably your best source for referrals for these positions. When it comes to sailing gear, SailNet's online Store can help with a lot of your needs. Of course some of your equipment will have to be custom-fabricated, and a lot of that can also be handled by SailNet's inhouse shops (rigging, canvas, sails, interiors, and canvas). I hope this is helpful to you.</P><P><TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 align=center border=0><TBODY><TR><TD height=8></TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=center><A href="http://www.boatsearch.com"><IMG height=94 src="http://www.sailnet.com/images/content/authors/shattuck/112200_adjs_boatsearch.gif" width=247 border=0></A></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE><P></P></FONT></HTML>
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