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  1. trispirit

    Older fast Aus multies

    Ave can also charge using the regeneration function of the engine not only using solar.
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    Insurer Recommendations?

    Yes @occams_razor Christophe is Thailand based but they insure worldwide. We're presently Med based.
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    Insurer Recommendations?

    In ten years of ownership the only insurance I was able to get for Spirit that was ocean going was from these guys and Christophe's service was fantastic. Never had a claim with them so can't comment on that. Christophe GEORGE Senior insurance consultant - marine & aviation branch Tel : +66(0)92 542 0505 (GMT + 7) Poe-ma insurances group
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    Older fast Aus multies

    Wow Phil you're bringing up some old memories there great stuff!! I remember fondly as a kid (must have been in the 90's) going onboard Duet when she was known as Screamer. She was anchored in Cid Harbour in the Whitsundays and the next day the owner sailed her out the back of the Islands passed Border Island while it was blowing snot and unfortunately she ended up going tits up losing the rig. Those plum bows back then looked seriously hot and with the silver hulls and huge wing mast she was certainly a sight for a young cruising kid!!
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    Blackcat 30 Multihull supercat by McConaghy

    The visibility doesn’t look too bad. I’d say from the size of the wheel and height of the saloon roof that you’d have to be fairly short not to see over it, if you can’t see over it all you need to do is a few steps forward and your up a step. Some sun protection at the Helen would be nice. It’ll likely get some small Bimini's made in time but I’ve crossed many an ocean with exposed helms like that and for professional crew on a sail yacht it’s just all part of the job, some large super yachts like Wallys don’t even have helm seats this things luxurious! People that don’t like sailing and exposed helms normally go and work on MY’s. Helming from the owners cabin?? Can’t imagine a professional crew helming a boat like this from the cabin but if you own it you can do as you please I’d check the insurance though as holding a proper watch is normally written in the fine print a radar alone definitely won’t cut the mustard. Guess that the boat runs with four crew looking at the cabin arrangements and layout. Main issue will be trying to run a powerful/high tech boat like this with four crew. Keeping the interior, exterior and engineering running with up to eight guests can be full on even with six crew especially on a boat of this size and volume. Lots of moving parts to keep running and exterior and interior surfaces to keep shiny. Can be done just wears the crew out and slowly the boats condition declines. Hopefully it’s got some solar as that amount of saloon deck would negate the use of a generator when you had full sun. You’d think it would be easy if the boats designed around efficient systems to run off solar during daylight hours. Looks cool. It’s about time that Super Yacht design got a large sexy multihull, for some reason those Sunreefs have never been able to cut the mustard.
  6. Whats wrong with them? All serious offshore multis have carbon stocks and blades we had one on Spirit and it was by far the best rudder system I've used in thirty years super light with plenty of power. Like most things they seem to have issues if they're not done right. Pic is of Spirits rudder and stock from 2010 when she was first hauled in Newport RI.
  7. 1kw of Solar or shore power charges the 360Ah @ 48v lithium bank. The Oceanvolt engine can regenerate at up to 3.8kw max @ 17kts of boat speed. Regeneration reduces speed around 0.6 of a knot. Can motor for 2hrs at 7kts and 5hrs at 4kts flat seas. No good for boats that can't sail but a great system for boats that sail well and for people that aren't in a hurry if and when cruising. I believe the system over I.C.E saved roughly 65kg's. Owner is very happy with the system and it suits their needs very well ;-)
  8. Ave actually has lithium and an electric drive no diesel! Her rigs carbon and she’s got synthetic rigging. For comparison Spirit, which has a 19m carbon rig and dyneema rigging had her last OMR in 2017 after being refit. She was 3.6t, which isn’t bad for a thirty year old design that’s 12.4m x 10.6m.
  9. This is such a relative question. It's relative to how big the boat is, how old it is and how complex and how competent the owner is at doing his own maintenance. Personally they aren't more expensive it you keep them simple and chose a well designed and maintained boat in the first place. If you want to pay people to do simple maintenance then you're going to have higher costs no matter how many hulls you have. We lived on an average of $1,000 a month onboard Spirit and that can be done on any boat as long as you keep things simple and buy a boat that was a solid base to begin with and when you do fix things you make them better, improving reliability and reducing breakdowns and costs. The answer really lies within the owners wants and expectations. There's a lot of ways to save money with any boat but here's a two you can do with a multihull. Less rigging on average if you chose a simple mast and standing rigging design. Beachable which can save you money with reduced hauling fees............. there's a multitude of ways to reduce costs it's just up to you how big that number is at the end.
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    Cat tails from over the horizon

    Diaform would like to have upgraded to structural and synthetic but $$$$$
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    Cat tails from over the horizon

    Spirit had a 19m carbon wing and sailed over halfway around the world and never had problems with it. We were also based three seasons in SE Asia, which has to be one of the most intense lightning areas in the world to cruise. It's a myth that carbon conducts better than alloy. Carbon won't just fall down if struck but it can become damaged from the strike due to the excessive heat at entry and exit points. If we had the option of an alloy or carbon rig we'd chose alloy every time. The rig was rotating and we never took the mast down to grease the rotation joint. We did fit grease nipples in the Galapagos after sailing 4,000nm due to noise not due to any issues with the rotation. Would I have a rotating rig on our next boat? no! when cruising simplicity is your friend and a rotating rig even though not overly complex does bring into the equation added complexity that isn't warranted on a cruising boat especially for the small benefits you gain performance wise. Spirit also had synthetic rigging since early 2015, it was supplied by John at Colligo. Originally it was 9mm diaform but John recommended to replaced it with 13mm Dynex Dux SK75. It was great as we could repair and replace our own rigging as needed reducing costs and improving serviceability. Spirit sailed 10,000nm with the Dux and I'd definitely have it on our next boat. The simplicity and ease of installation and the weight reduction are big winners. Spirit's was uncovered so you need to keep a good eye on chafe but apart from that it's easy to monitor. Our whole philosophy is to keep it as simple as we can and to only have things that add value to the cruising experience.
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    Used cat market

    I don't think we disagree on anything there Wess my points that I don't think we've really seen a way cool trimaran that fits the offshore performance/cruiser in the 45-50ft range. If that boat exists I'd love to see it. For me it would be a baby Paradox with a nicer and more open interior/exterior area. Paradox is a bit down and dark old monoish with that companionway. Same as FINN don't get me wrong both sweet boats but something designed for the tropics a bit less cold weather and more open tropics with a nice cockpit you can enjoy, daybed and so on. Even the Cats aren't there yet.. Sure you've got the TS42 which is another sweet performing boat but the exterior outside cockpit area is very poor with thin seating and little shade. Feels like it's designed more for sailing than living onboard in the tropics and cruising, which is probably correct coming from France. As they say different boats for different folks.
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    Used cat market

    Soma is spot on here! There is still not the perfect tri designed and built for performance offshore cruising. It's amazing how there isn't a great 45ft two double cabin design out there. They're either ugly or they don't perform well or the space and volume is poorly used. It can be done but to invest 800k to a mil on a one off 45ft/50ft trimaran when the worlds inundated with 2nd hand boats no one wants, the environment is screwed and the worlds resources are less and less each year kind of makes you wonder whether its the right thing to do and whether the problem really needs solving? Its our dream to build and design our next trimaran but we won't do it for the above reasons we'll end up with a 2nd hand boat that we pimp like we did with Spirit. This time it'll have a double bed though ;-)
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    'Triple Jack' rebuild...FU Irma!

    Seeing old boats (especially badly damaged ones) being given a new life is inspiring. She’s a lucky boat to have such a dedicated owner and team looking after her... RESPECT!
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    ARC / ARC+ 2019 - Multihulls

    Actually the beat from Saba to St Barth's can be a ball breaker!