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  1. mpenman

    Last of the Gunboat 55’s

    PJ back marketing high performance cats......nothing would make me happier.......a rising tide rises all ships so to speak. "A Gunboat 55 may be one of the all-time great bluewater family cruisers." Soma and I are selling our boats for $100k less, trust me, the ARE the all time great blue water cruisers..........PJ, welcome back, just don't go back into building.....
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    Insurer Recommendations?

    I'm a Geico client. They seem reasonable. Pantaenius dropped our coverage in the US. Airplane insurance is even worse.
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    Pro Surfers on a Gunboat

    if they fasten those straps they'll turn their hats into a helmet. Great video
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    Lagoon 42 vs Astria 42

    He's been drinking folks, please don't pay no attention to this man in this state.
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    Did daedalus buy the molds?
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    Gunboat 80

    I figured that was the reason. You loose a fair bit of volume if you bring the forward cockpit aft. Once again has nice lines and reminds me of the total open house found on the Catana 70. Very, very similar. I prefer solar over lounging, although I will admit, that's a nice spot for a nap!!!!! Lovely lines, very lovely. I'm psyched to see an eighty!!!!! Well done.
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    Is this what we have come to?

    Once you sail a high performance catamaran, you'll never charter a condomaran either
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    Gunboat 80

    Not a fan of house stepped mast. Cannot get to it without going on the roof. Come'on @Greenflash say it ain't so.
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    Is this what we have come to?

    Read my mind, except the Genset. 5.4KW array will take care of the energy requirements. 4 mastervolt 24/5500's will store the electrons.
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    Is this what we have come to?

    I've never sailed the Pajot 66 and I'm sure it's aptly seaworthy, but it simply won't sail as well as a Gunboat or a Chris White or an Outremer or a Marsaudon Composite boat. The other untold story is how much time is spent on maintenance. I've seen some serious volume boats, like the one that Soma posted, that are basically condo's that float. We'll have the main and staysail out, enjoying a nice reach in total silence and they will have a huge code zero of the sprit, running both engines, telling the guests that they're sailing!!! Had a sunreef 74 that actually sailed okay for being 120,000 lbs, but it simply could not get above 10knts of boat speed simply because of it's weight. It also did not go longer than 3 hours to run the Genset because of the power requirements. The Allegria 67 is approximately 80,000lbs lightship has a hot tub, and more luxury goodies than you need on a boat. I get on a boat to go enjoy nature and the water, not to have hot tub/sauna privilege's that I have at home. On Hekla I have 3 areas to hang out. Aft deck, salon, forward cockpit. I don't really need a flybridge although I will admit it is nice to sit up there at anchor. They all have an Genset because they need one to keep things powered. On our current and future boat we don't have shore power or a genset. Simply not needed. Just be smart with your solar install. If I'm dropping money on a boat, I wanna go damn fast and enjoy the sailing. I also don't want to be fixing 8 fridges, an icemaker, 4 aircon units and a genset. Is our boat luxurious, well it depends on the definition of luxury. The finish on a boat built at Aquidneck Custom will be different to the Allegria, but in my humble opinion, far superior, both in construction and in finish. It will still have limited aircon and there is no teak or whisper wall to cover things up. Everything is fared and painted. In 20 years the ACC boat will still be as strong as the day she comes outta the yard. Take into account that the A72 will come in around 44,000lbs all in and is 5 ft longer than the 67. She's also full carbon. My opinion of course, is that your cruising boat should be ready to sail within max 10 minutes of saying lets go. 2 minutes to get the main sail bag unzipped and lines ready, 4 minutes to check and warm up the engines and get the instruments on, and 2 minutes to get off anchor, kiss the wife and put down your glass of wine.
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    Is this what we have come to?

    Flybridge is a place to hang out, but it's up there. I would suggest that the layout there is fine for 8 guests and 3 packs of cold ones. In big seas and fast sailing conditions, I want the center of gravity lowered. I also want to get everything without being 20+ feet in the air and having that fulcrum work it's magic on me. Atlantic 72P currently being built by Aquidneck Custom Composites. I'll start another thread, time permitting.
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    Buffing/Cleaning Catamaran Hulls

    use a ceramic coating. System X Diamond SS ceramic Use it on all my boats without a wrap. You'll wonder why you've never used it before after the results.
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    Gunboat 80

    That's well done. I'm excited. I believe that most people who can afford an 80 ft sailboat, want it actually frigging sail. I know that a Sunreef with 18 fridges and 3 icemakers are great at the dock, but to start clocking past 13knots average, you have to have a light boat. More pics!!!
  14. Soma, what happened, do you know?
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    Forward Cockpit

    Offshore with winds gusting over 50knots that's the only cockpit I would want. Once you reefed a large cat (>55ft) going around the salon and onto the foredeck you'll agree. No way I'd let my 12 year old put a reef in solo. He does it all the time on our current boat. On the Atlantic when we are beating to windward or it's seriously piped up and I have to reef, I bear off and simultaneously drop the main and pull in the reef line. From start to finish it's about max 2 minutes and is done without fuss, singlehanded. No need to wake anyone up (this type of stuff always happens at night) and there is zero safety concerns for that person putting in the reef. You're doing this from a deep cockpit with virtually no way to actually fall out unless you are hit with a tsunami. Unless it's raining buckets once you bear off, you get zero spray into the cockpit. Most times our boat is on AP, so you're spending time boat inside and out. When offshore and the wind/wave state presents itself the dinghy is off the deck and hanging off the transom to allow full access to the aft deck and a nice workout space. You can go from the cockpit to the aft deck without needing to visit the side of the boat. Incredibly safer than any other option. I would say that on offshore passages, that's it's my favorite place to hangout. I would say that in 20-25K miles on my current boat I've been forced inside, maybe 3-5% of the time. The other very interesting piece of the forward cockpit is that you are now in the center (fulcrum) of the boat. Very little rocking and so any tendency for seasickness is diminished. As others have more eloquently stated, the airflow is unparalleled. Now at anchor, it becomes my favorite spot, as it's always cooler up there (especially in the warmer climates) and the forward view is great. I'm a huge fan. My 57 will be for sale here soon and our next boat will also have a forward cockpit. Frankly it's the only way to go, especially on a multihull.