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10-24-2010 09:56 AM
sailordave Good thread to stumble upon! I love the "look" of these boats but like the OP, I too was worried about their behavior characteristics. I would love to coastal cruise or offshore cruise the East coast/Caribbean and could probably manage to do so in one of these.
04-21-2010 05:50 PM
sailingdog Thanks KH...
04-21-2010 05:36 PM
Originally Posted by sailingdog View Post
It does... but was curious if he knew...

You missed it in the OP:

Originally Posted by dennisail
Last Christmas we sailed an aging Piver trimaran from Lake Macquarie to Yamba which is the longest passage we have done, around 300 miles of ocean.
04-21-2010 05:32 PM
Originally Posted by wunhunglo View Post
I have yet to see a reefed jib that isn't an ugly bag when trying to go to windward....
My headsail is not... The foam luff and high cut clew helps retain sail shape without moving the genoa cars way forward. On a boat with longer genoa tracks than mine you could probably use a lower cut clew; and move the cars forward. But these details are often overlooked in headsail design and in practical use, which is why in many cases the headsail turns into an "ugly bag" when reefed.
04-21-2010 04:19 PM
sailingdog It does... but was curious if he knew...
Originally Posted by wunhunglo View Post
Looks a bit like a modified coachroof on a Piver designed tri hull.
04-21-2010 04:08 PM

Looks a bit like a modified coachroof on a Piver designed tri hull.

Edit: CruisingDad, I don't have a problem with the functionality of furling a headsail completely. They clearly work for that purpose. I replaced an evil Profurl that had nothing but issues, with a Furlex that was incredibly robust and smooth operating, however no matter how good the headsail furler/reefer has been, I have yet to see a reefed jib that isn't an ugly bag when trying to go to windward.... (and yes I know that gentlemen and cruisers avoid going to windward !! LOL )
04-21-2010 01:02 PM
sailingdog Just curious, what kind of boat is this:

04-21-2010 12:17 PM
doubleeboy No one mentioned the diesel Pathfinder engine. Rebuilt or not, these engines do not have a good track record. They are a marinized VW diesel Rabbit engine. I have yet to hear one mechanic say a kind word about them.

They are somewhat famous for blowing head gaskets and overheating. When we looked to buy a boat, one that I was very interested in had this engine. The local mechanic who had serviced a lot of them over the years just rolled his eyes and said figure on a repower or get used to the idea of blown head gaskets.

The logbook of boat showed 3 head gasket replacements. Amazingly someone removed another brand of engine to repower with the Pathfinder.

04-21-2010 08:50 AM
kevlarpirate SimonV

I own one of the 21 Ericson 46's built. Monster of a boat. love her...
actually it's a he
04-21-2010 07:23 AM
SimonV I think I used about 40 Gal to the Marquesas thats your last fuel until Tahiti, if you spend some time around the Tuomotos fuel is hard to find.
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