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Everything posted by Epi-sailor

  1. Aka panis and completely consistent with the fat bastard known as...... ok stopping myself
  2. All solid advice as we are creeping towards a similar new purchase. SO after all you learned would you do it again?
  3. Agree to all your thoughts. And goodness knows we have utilized other resources to inform our thoughts. In our case the shows have been an EASY way to touch and feel the product as well as discover smaller brands we would not have been exposed to in other formats (internet). For us they have been very helpful so I guess I’m just projecting my experience onto a more global condition
  4. We went to a series of shows last year including Annapolis. We have narrowed the list but are now unable to travel internationally to, sail our short list, visit factories/yards, and move the process forward. The cancellation of these events would appear to have tons of downstream economic implications and I wonder what The industry will look like in a few years? Will small manufacturers bridge the intervening period from when they show their goods again to when the next series of orders hit their books?
  5. Or similar j/108. I happen to like them both
  6. Shallow draft: Your correct but specific to us - home port is PDX. The Columbia is a beautiful place to cruise so shallow water capability is a big plus for us. That noted the boat will spend equal time in areas that this is not a concern and the deeper draft of a mono would not be a negative.
  7. Transport: Oh the pain ........ if not a cat, likely mono candidates are from EU so transport built into budget but not so fun. Regardless I think your spot on as this adds significantly to budget and frequently not mentioned.
  8. I think in our area (PNW) this is true but simply part of it if your going to play with bigger toys.
  9. Indeed - we know we will sail our home waters (PNW et al) but would like to take the left turn For a couple seasons - part of what raised the question.
  10. Doing research for our next cruiser. Always mono sailors and have lived/sailed in PNW entire adult life. As we our making our short list for next cruiser, cats keep entering picture but they are not common in PNW. So what are we missing? Cost of moorage etc, lack of trade wind sailing conditions , tradition hmmmmmmm, ........ Plenty of cruisers in our area but very few cats - thoughts?
  11. THANKS Bruce!!!!!!! Amazingly helpful site as we are thinking through the details of our next boat and bottom paint (CC) - a never ending topic. Something I have observed and your testing appears to somewhat confirm is the benefit of a smooth finish when using hard bottom paints. But the effort and cost to get there - yikes. Will be interesting to see results when you return to colder waters. Again - Many Thanks
  12. I love deck salon boats and this might be the prettiest I have seen and lottery winnings would be required. https://www.hinckleyyachts.com/models/sailboats/souwester-53/
  13. We used the same halyard wrap for the same reason but ultimately had the “sock” recut to tailor fit the rolled sail. As others have noted the sock also had lacings to snug the whole thing up. Sunbrella worked great for UV protection of 3di sail but PIA. I’m not a fan of sunbrella sewn to the leach but debating it for our next cruising boat for ease of use - apparently getting old and lazy.
  14. The 35 is near perfect in my book. You can buy a lot more(size) boat for the same money (new or used) but not the same quality and few builders are building this level quality in smaller, under 40' packages. i
  15. Often mentioned in threads like this but far more than a cliche. Read it again and go back to what ever step your at and take one step forward.
  16. Love all these thoughts particularly the scalable insight.
  17. You’re spot on - So to us we have defined small as under 40. We know from previous boats we owned, sailed, and delivered that we can, within our means and skill set........care for, feed and sail this size boat. We also prefer quality over quantity (size/length), So simple answer is for us under 40 and the leading candidate is. 35. Either one of us can handle this size essentially solo and most of the time it is just the two of us with occasional friends. Note: we have no solo ambitions - at least that I’m aware of
  18. We are very close to moving forward with “the plan” and sticking to the small nice boat theme. Small boats regardless of purchase price are far less to maintain than larger boats of same price. We are planners and savers and to the OP I encourage you to keep questioning, planning, saving, And reading. Books that have helped us plan/structure, dream, and now execute: Where the Magic Happens - Casper Craven; Simple Path to Wealth - J.L. Collins; Work Optional .....- Tanja Hester. Sea of Cortez ....... - S. Breeding. A warm beach and a cold beer in Mexico will move the plan
  19. To some degree your spot on. The tricky part is we want the performance and care/feeding cost of a mono with the room and interior views of a cruising cat. The challenge is finding nicely built options in smaller/moderately sized packages. Easy to get all the above in a 50’ boat but some aesthetic trade offs in the sizes were are considering.
  20. Big range depending on options with base in the 500’s up to 700plus USD with lots of options. Seems ridiculously high but in the ballpark of other high quality 40 footers and in many ways more customizable. Bob Perry’s review estimated it at 620k.
  21. New rabbit hole to go down. Thanks.
  22. Planning on growing old in the PNW - Rains 360 days a year up here horrible place to sail We are thinking we may be the right client for a PH/DS. The 35 or 40 ticks a lot of boxes as long as its not a Mcgregor that's been to the plastic surgeon.
  23. Older thread but just saw the Sirius 40’ version of this at the Seattle Boat Show and changed my perspective on Deck Salon/ pilot house boats. If anyone has seen or sailed the Sirius 35 or 40 I would love tho here your thoughts. VERY nicely made curious how they sail. https://www.sirius-yachts.com.
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