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Mitch posted a topic in Multihull AnarchyHello Everyone, First off, excellent responses to Pepito’s plans. I’m Mitch Taylor in Stuart FL. Joined Pepito's thread a little late so started another just in case nobody was still on that one, not exactly sure how it works. If it's better to continue his thread then someone just erase this one. Just joining the SA forum for the first time (first Sailing forum ever actually) and looks like the best place, after many years of reading/ research, to find help. I’m on nearly the same path as Pepito though medical background, still practicing, with kids still in Middle school; but divorced, living alone now. The younger two, 11 and 13 will hopefully be living with me aboard a 35’ish monohull in the next year, then 42’ish cat in another 2 years. I’m self taught so far sailing a 17’ Watkins Daysailer (first sailboat) in the St. Lucie Inlet which has been great fun and invaluable experience. Just sold it for probably a F18 next step up. Then plan on persuing certification for Catamaran Cruising ASA certifications. My angle: I’m not ashamed to admit I'm a “spreadsheet” guy, trying to narrow down the field by SA/D and D/L ratios, etc., for a performance designed but liveable used, well built Cats in the 39 to 48’ range. Budget is similar to Pepito, but I’d like to keep the initial purchase in the $400k range for upgrades and surprises as I’ve read repeatedly overextending is maybe one of the worst first mistakes. Even the new 40's fully equipped are pushing $650k. And I would love to not take the hardest hit of depreciation with a new boat purchase. Therefore in reality what I guess I’m loofdsking for is most likely a 10 year old 42’ cat well balanced, performance to comfort, Owners version…. Earlier French, Australian, S African...Schionning, Grainger, Outremer, Catana, Lightwave, Nautitech, Fountaine Pajot, Seawind, Leopard? Would love a new Balance Roger Hill 451, but don't want or need a new boat. Can anyone point me towards previous threads, or books, blogs, personal SPREADSHEETS would be great!, etc to “analyze” the field? I know numbers can’t accurately describe the “feel” or value of a great boat or even make fair comparisons of boats with different strengths. There is no fast comfortable affordable boat. Every boat is a compromise for everyone’s priortities. Australian Multihull World Article by Joe Goddard seems to be on the right track http://www.multihull.com.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=97:buying-a-catamaran&catid=19&Itemid=101 but the graph didn't make the article. I emailed them and they replied with the graph below. MultiHull Dynamics has certainly done a lot of analytics but they can’t or won’t provide it in a spreadsheet format to view the entire database with adjustable variables, I’ve asked. So I'm comparing two at a time. I’m just trying to organize thoughts and create a list outside my head, that I can reference and share with notes of strengths and weaknesses so I can begin ranking favorites and thereby keep an eye on the market for what might pop up in the next couple of years. Surely I’m not the first. Favorites so far are Leopard 39 and 43 and SeaWind 1160. Love the accessibility of techniks on the Leopard for maintenance. As well as the semi raised bulkhead helm. Broad enough hulls to carry a reasonable liveaboard arsenal but not super heavy. Windows work, could be better. Good Sail plan. Would like the forward cockpit on the 44... Thoughts? Thanks, Mitch Graph.jpg.pdf
Anarchists, I have been having a devil of a time with some form of toxicity aboard my boat that I'm having a hard time getting rid of, and it's come to a head, again, in that either we'll be able to live aboard, or we won't. It's probably mold in the cabin/compartments of a fibreglass hulled boat, although I have already cleaned the most easily accessible spaces. My wife's lungs are quite sensitive to the stuff (whether its mold or something else). While my wife is most effected, I also notice effects (throat tickle in the morning after sleeping aboard, headache, subtle burning eyes sensation, ...). The Pacific Northwest is a warm, wet place, which is perfect for mold. Yes, I've read "The Warm Dry Boat" (which is highly recommended if you can get your hands on a copy). Yes, I've cleaned all the most easily accessible places with a diluted bleach solution. (That probably caused some lung distress by itself) followed by Concrobium which has worked wonders in our van, which suffers much the same problems. We've got a dehumidifier that, when it's on, brings the humidity down under 50%. Some facts: the boat was on a mooring (without shore power) for all of last winter. Is this really just a case of me needing to get out a toothbrush to scrub all the hard to reach spaces? With a face mask? But with what compound or solution? I understand that air exchange is going to be a big part of the solution, all while hoping that I can heat the 43 foot boat sufficiently on shore power alone (30 amps or 45 amps total?), but I'm struggling with what all the various possibilities might be beyond mold. Are there any simple tests I can do, chemistry-wise? (Or physics-wise?) that'll tell me that I'm on the right path? Any help or suggestions are welcomed.