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    Rapido Trimarans - 2 x New Folding Models Coming !

    What's your boat Wess?
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    caption contest

    Finally, Dear, we're ready to begin growing the sails.
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    Hawaiian Sailing Canoe Races

    Those paddlers are beasts. Does anybody know how much speed they add? The boat looks like it's cooking along pretty fast as it is.
  4. I disagree with the suggestions to buy small, learn, sell, buy bigger, learn, etc. Each step in that is a lot of time and energy (find/negotiate/fix up/sail/fall in love with/get bored with/sell). I agree that 45' is probably enough. Don't forget that boats go up in all 3 dimensions as they increase; not length only. Equipment on a 50' (sails, winches, etc) is much bigger compared to 40' than 40' to 30'. Even at 40' you're going to need help hauling that main to the sail shed for repairs. Everything goes up in cost/complexity. You're into software, right? Is code better with fewer lines or more? Is maintenance of large code base easier or more difficult than small? Same same here, man. Very much so. Definitely agree with the "spend time aboard first" comments. 30 to 60 days minimum. Set sail with family and don't touch ground except for dinghy to shore. Haul jerry cans of fuel. Walk 5 miles from dinghy dock to grocery store. And back, loaded with bags of food and beer. Repeat because you forgot something. Get lost in the dark on your way back because you forgot a flashlight, because it was midday when you set out. Haul a mahi-mahi on board and feast for two days. Lose an expensive piece of electronics because the zip lock baggie wasn't as well sealed as your kid assured you that it was. Enjoy sunset with cocktails and kids leaping off the stern. Dive your anchor and untangle it from the pile of chain somebody else left behind twenty years ago. Have sex with your wife on the tramp under a full moon after the kids have gone to sleep. Climb the mast in 30kts to replace a shackle. All those things and you'll know. I've been on many multihulls but only spent decent sailing time on a few. Chris White, Shuttleworth boats are worth a look, but not real common on the used market. Avoid boats designed for charter trade; unless you like sitting on a barge going 7 kts with full sails up and engines running. If you're up for it, get on it. Don't listen too hard to the "must learn everything to be master expert safe sailor before you launch" bunch. Get the basics down with as much expert help as you can afford and go for it. More than 2 cents . . .
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    Kleen Breeze

    Sidecar, can you post some links to your boat, please?
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    Kleen Breeze

    This is the angle I would pursue, if you get more serious SolarBri. Especially if your "test" territory can be stretched to include the Med. By the time the 7 yrs was up, you'd be ready to move on to another boat like you have with C2F. So you could walk at that point and it would be a win for them as well because they would have a boat instead of a pile of mush on the hard. And it would be in a lot better shape because you wouldn't be able to stop yourself from fixing it up and tricking it out. Dragons, flames, pretty girls. The Med has much more variety of life than the west coast of Mexico. Too far from your kids, though, I suppose.
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    Kleen Breeze

    As someone who spent about 10 days sailing Cat2Fold with SolarBri, I can attest that the greatness/coolness of the boat dramatically overcomes the "weirdness." Sailing it was a piece of cake. I think the strongest I saw was 20+ kts in 6-8 ft seas, but after that I wouldn't have worried in stronger conditions. I'd say Kleen Breeze is a lot closer to the weird end of things than Cat2Fold.
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    Kleen Breeze

    It's been a while since I read up on proas, and on Polynesian roaming of the Pacific, but it's my understanding that the bays and coastal waters were littered with proas, but the heavy-duty lifting of long passages was on double-hulled "canoes"
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    Ian Farrier

    Damn. One of those unexpected, sad gut punches that come out of nowhere. Ian responded personally to every set of questions I ever emailed him about my F-27, in spite of having answered those same questions hundreds of times before, I'm sure. He read one of my posts on the old Yahoo! forum and encouraged me to turn it into a full article. I did, it got published in the old Multihulls Mag, Ian noticed and sent me a congratulations email. Meanwhile he was designing the F-22 and, no doubt, answering dozens of other emails from other excited F-boaters. Some of the best times in my life have been on our F-27. Our best to his family, friends, and the entire team at Farrier Marine.