64' is a very short mast for a 51' catamaran. For example, the Balance 52 is 78', and the Catana 47 is 71'. My guess is that they don't need the extra sail area because the boat is so light (20,000lbs full load) and the hulls so fine (13.7:1 B/L).64'
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It isn't such a stretch for Farr to go in that direction as it is Pacific Seacraft. Next, we will see Formosa come back to life with a catamaran design. Hans Christian actually started producing a catamaran, but seem to have gone out of business before completing it.And if that doesn't show that the end is near, Farr Yacht Design is designing a line of performance cruising cats.
The examples given here have been performance cruising cats, so not likely to be spending their lives in NE or LIS. My experience is that once outside those places that freeze half the year, facilities are much better for catamarans, and have increasingly gotten better since we started cruising 10yrs ago. We are in a marina in Georgia now that is chock full of catamarans, and Florida has many catamaran-friendly slips. New marinas are being built everywhere, and they all design for catamarans.I don't know that the end of the mono hull is the future of sailing. I do see increased acceptance of cats as an alternative. But the infrastructure needs to adapt a fair bit... boat yards, marinas in particular. These are real barriers for someone in Southern NE or LIS to moving to a cat. Do you see the infrastructure changing to more cat friendly in the near term?
Those are drawings, not photos. I guess you missed my point that they hadn't built any or they would photos.
I was making the point that their newest monohull model is also just drawings at this stage. And it has been at this stage for the past 4 years because they haven't built any.Those are drawings, not photos. I guess you missed my point that they hadn't built any or they would photos.
BTW - I went all the way to Maine last year. Saw only a couple of cats once out of the south.
I think the lack of sails in new monohulls can be attributed to the huge availability of used monohulls. Except for a few touches and that new boat smell, I don't think the new PS are vastly different than a 30 year old one. As an outsider to Catamaran sailing to me it looks like there is a huge amount of evolution to the boats designs and a new catamaran might be very different from a 20-30 year old design.The perspective here is the future of cruising, not sailing in general. Pacific Seacraft has not been selling boats for a while now. I suspect Island Packet also, and they may be the next to jump.
Yes, this is very true. Some good, some bad. The faster designs got faster, safer, and more load carrying capacity, while the charter designs just got bigger and slower. I think the catamaran industry is at a high point of design and material evolution right now.As an outsider to Catamaran sailing to me it looks like there is a huge amount of evolution to the boats designs and a new catamaran might be very different from a 20-30 year old design.
I think that is a safe guess! Although some of the newer charter catamarans have eye-popping displacement numbers (some of the 45' displace 45,000lbs light ship :eek ).The signs of a true end of an era to me is that Pacific Seacraft is making a light displacement sailboat. I guess there is no market for a full keeled heavy displacement cat.
I think this at least hints at many of the changes we are seeing. The greatest competition ANY builder faces is the used market, so they want to build something that is not there. The tastes of "new boat" buyers are also changing (most of us are "used boat" buyers, so what we like does not matter, at all). Heck, the whole sailing demographic is changing, and the industry is shifting to follow it.I think the lack of sails in new monohulls can be attributed to the huge availability of used monohulls....