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09-25-2007 05:36 PM
sailingdog Labatt-

With your budget...get the GUNBOAT 48, not the Gunboat 62... but I love that video of Safari just dusting the 80' monohull.
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LOL... lemme tell you.. it's a VERY tough decision. How can I go from looking at classic Bob Perry style designs to, well... not classic Bob Perry style designs. I told my wife I'd go for a Gunboat 62 Of course, the price MIGHT be an issue. But the thought that I can put my champagne flute and caviar on the table while it's blowing 30 and we're beating, and it won't end up in the bilge.. well, that has a certain charm. Plus, Pat on Bumfuzzle is a role model for me

I'm thinking that I should at least LOOK at them, and I'm just askin' which ones are good.
09-25-2007 05:25 PM
labatt
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Oh gawd Labatt...don't go over to the dark side!! (g)
LOL... lemme tell you.. it's a VERY tough decision. How can I go from looking at classic Bob Perry style designs to, well... not classic Bob Perry style designs. I told my wife I'd go for a Gunboat 62 Of course, the price MIGHT be an issue. But the thought that I can put my champagne flute and caviar on the table while it's blowing 30 and we're beating, and it won't end up in the bilge.. well, that has a certain charm. Plus, Pat on Bumfuzzle is a role model for me

I'm thinking that I should at least LOOK at them, and I'm just askin' which ones are good.
09-25-2007 02:52 PM
sailingdog
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Oh gawd Labatt...don't go over to the dark side!! (g)
Eventually, we'll be the majority of boats....
09-25-2007 11:29 AM
camaraderie Oh gawd Labatt...don't go over to the dark side!! (g)
09-24-2007 11:59 PM
sailingdog You might also want to look at Gunboat 48 catamarans, designed by Melvin & Morelli. There is a good video of a Gunboat catamaran at www.safaricharter.com
09-24-2007 11:52 PM
labatt
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Also... you will probably want to stay away from Charter Catamarans... If you're wondering why I say this... google Bumfuzzle.
We have a 2.5 hour car ride to our boat on Friday evening and 2.5 hour ride back on Sunday evening. We started reading out loud as a family activity at the beginning and are now up to July of 2006 We know all about CharterCats...
09-24-2007 11:32 PM
sailingdog Also... you will probably want to stay away from Charter Catamarans... If you're wondering why I say this... google Bumfuzzle.
09-24-2007 11:19 PM
Sailormann Be safe and buy Canadian

http://www.pdqyachts.com/
09-24-2007 11:07 PM
sailingdog I'd second the Chris White designs... quite beautiful. You also might want to check out Multihull Demo Days. LINK

You can arrange to sail on a few different ones there.
09-24-2007 10:09 PM
JohnRPollard Chris White is the designer. His designs have been built in a number of locations. Most of the recent Atlantic Series cats have been built at a plant in South Africa. I have seen a few of these only on the exterior in various anchorages -- but what I saw was impressive.

However, the most recent A57 (a slightly stretched version of the A55) was built at Aquidneck Custom Boats in Bristol, RI. I have only seen of this boat what is posted at Chris' website (http://www.chriswhitedesigns.com/atlantic57/index.php), so cannot comment except to say that the design, layout, and performance reports are impressive. I would expect the quality to be well above the typical production catamaran.

Note on the Atlantic-series catamarans, that the cockpit is forward of the main salon. I think this is a highly desirable feature if you plan to sail rather than motor cruise. I have been aboard most of the major production catamarans at the boat shows and find with rare exception that the steering and sail trimming arrangements verge on ridiculous.

If you need more info, you can call or e-mail Chris White directly. He is a great resource on mulithulls and is generous with his knowledge, which is a good thing because you have now exhausted mine.
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