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  1. Newick boats are recognizably Newick. Their curves have curves and flow. Many newer multihulls have fewer curves and more straight lines. That's OK, too. Hughes and Newick boats are unlikely to be confused. :p I love that there are options for us! Randii
  2. Well-said, Thom. How fast it feels should be rated like windchill, except more complicated... fast on a Hobie 16 banana-rockered boat is different from fast on a Hobie 18 where you sit further off the water, and that's still different than a Hobie Tiger F18 with even taller hulls and more volume in the bows. Then again, each of these boats may feel faster with a mesh tramp than a vinyl tramp, with less spray, especially if you can get a hull up far enough to avoid sitting in a puddle. Sailing feels faster than motoring, too, somehow... and I don't just think it is the windshield involved!
  3. I'll be starting out of the San Joaquin / Sacramento Delta, near Rio Vista, that's not a short haul to the San Francisco Bay, but there's good wind around Rio Vista, lots of podunking/boondocking to be had around the Delta, and bigger water to play in nearby (Suisun Bay, Grizzly Bay, San Pablo Bay). I've gotta grow out of a beachcat state of mind a bit before I'll sail far past the Golden Gate, but coastal cruising is the longer-term plan I'm quite looking forward to the weekends on the water working my way up that learning curve. Randii
  4. First off, I’d like to thank everybody for their help and support here, on PMs, and by email… this is a few more bones than I usually throw at my smaller beach cats, so it was nice to have back-up. I have been lucky to meet a few SA folks and lucky to spend some time looking at some of their boats, as well. After looking online for months and visiting a handful of boats, I’m buying the Tennant Turissimo at the far end of Lake Ontario. It is a short jaunt to go fetch it home to California atop its own trailer, and that road trip will be an adventure in and of itself. I’ll either be laid of
  5. I checked with my insurance agent and chose to self-insure. The rental company didn't need to know the full details, IMHO. Your risk tolerance may vary! That said, Enterprise Truck Rentals specifically advertises for towing/rental capabilities: https://www.enterprisetrucks.com/truckrental/en_US/promotions/promo_towing.html?icid=USTrucks-_-PersonalCarousel-_-Towing Cool project, no matter how you get it home! Randii
  6. I've used similar winches in pretty nasty environments on a 4x4. Installing some sort of 'drip leg' (fairlead/pulley?) downhill of the winch and its attachment point on the board should help keep seawater off the winch some... especially if the line pivots under load, which would make a heck of a squeegee. Some means of freshwater rinse is probably worth adding to the maintenance checklist, though rinsing things inside the hull has its own complexities. As for weight -- this winch is rate for 16.5k, and Warn is not known for skimping on ratings or safety factors. If you can feed the winch
  7. Uhaul pickups are pricy for what they are... and you generally pay per mile. Alamo rents F150s (request the Ford or you might wind up with a Chevy) for very reasonable rates ... and unlimited miles. Why the Ford? As 'America's truck' you can't get one with any level of option WITHOUT a class IV receiver hitch. Randii
  8. Thanks for the private message, lamorak... very cool how much R33 knowledge there is just below the surface of these forums. Plenty up top, too, but tons of iceberg below... Generally, I would still like to get aboard a Stiletto before I pull out my checkbook. Does anyone know of one on the West Coast whose owner might be amenable to show off a Stiletto (better still if she’s for sale, but that’s not a hard requirement – transporting from the East coast is easy if there’s a trailer involved). Randii (tryin' to be thorough)
  9. Thanks for the feedback. Shorter setup time increases actual sailing time... The ability to single-hand sail (not setup!) is critical... even with a long crew list, there are many days where I just won't get out if I'm working around someone else's schedule. I'm looking at a 16' wide boat, but your points still stand. I am impressed that the same boat flipped that many times, presumably without damage. If you get time, I'd love to hear what all methods were tried to develop a self-righting system. Randii
  10. (tl;dr - still undecided, but ogled an R33 this weekend) I rolled up to Reno to look at Stephen’s R33. Good-looking boat… Stephen was a gracious host and has a backyard and driveway full of two-wheeled and multihulled toys to die for. First impression: the Reynolds 33 has good design, all solidly executed, and bits of ingenious design in surprising places (beam retention hardware could be polished and framed as modern art). This design should have sold more units than it did… the 14’ beam worked quite well in Southern CA, but boats pushed hard in races started stories spreading … tha
  11. It must have been excellent to have a direct line into the designer/builder! The Gougeons were mad-scientists of creativity and art, but still, they were scientists... and it shows in much that West System does. That was a remarkable combination. I am a fan of Colin Chapman, and have built to that end (motorcycles and beach cats) and the opposite way, as well (4x4s where weight matters less). Most boats still do have opportunities for lightness to be added, but keeping stuff from accumulating on a boat is the bigger burden for most. The best way to do this may be a huge dockbox or a cube
  12. I have indeed eyeballed a bunch of videos online for G32... I grew up a few miles away from Gougeon ground zero (Bay CIty), in Dow Chemical hometown (Midland), so I've always held G's in warm regard... I've also enjoyed Russell Brown's rebuild/blog. I can think of no boat with more engineering or innovation... definitely ahead of her time, and definitely one of the smallest bridgedeck cats out there. Going G32, I would miss the acres of flat tramp, and all that patio/terrace space in the boats I've looked at thus far. I really like the tramps on my beach cats, but they can be a very we
  13. You're not wrong... but at some point, I gotta pick a compromise that weighs in cost, speed, transportability, campability, etc. That's what I'm trying to sort out right now. Visiting Stephen and his R33 up in Reno this weekend should help. The R33 is at the upward end of my range, but is a whole lot of boat for the money. Randii
  14. This question can be asked of ANY multihull. Sure, R33 has been deemed 'at risk' courtesy of narrow boats raced/skippered to the edge... I'd suggest that any multihull run to the edge begs a similar question. Lead-keeled boats will right themselves in a knock-down... but who wants to sail slow? It is unlikely, in my opinion, that any of the boats on my shortlist can be righted from capsize without external assistance, even with a masthead float. A devil's advocate position might be that narrower multis are actually easier to right (at least side-over). The R33's roller-reefing mai
  15. I would visit one if I could find one for sale. Know of any? I have thought about road-tripping up to visit Russell Brown in Port Townsend. Last time I was up that way on two wheels, I annihilated my right wrist. Maybe it is time for another visit... the G32 has the feel of an early Caddy or Duesy, with miles and miles of hood/front end. The proportions of the G32 are like nothing else... Randii
  16. Pax is out of state for a bit, but was kind enough to let me visit his boar while I was on the East coast. Terrapin is a beauty, and her high-tech sails and rigging definitely sweeten the pot... I'm comparing Terrapin (Wildfire strip-built red fir) currently against a cold-molded GBE in mahogany ply, and a could-molded Okoume ply Turissimo 9... both with road trailers. The big strikes against Paxfish's boat at this point are 1.) no trailer and 2.) uncertainty about breakdown (is possible that the two middle crossbeams have been epoxied in, and almost impossible to tell without destructive
  17. There’s just not a lot of selection in weekend-able tunnel cats before they sprout bridge decks and get HEAVY. Here's an example -- and interesting boat, not geographically placed (France): https://www.yachtworld.com/boats/1994/Custom-PUNCH-8.50-3187717/Morlaix/France#.W2nvC8Ih1EZ She's sitting down on her haunches, but looks pretty roomy, and sadly not dismountable for transport. I find myself divided... light (thus faster) or roomier (thus heavier, thus slower). Ah, the age-old multihull issue... Paxfish's Wildfire looks like one of the better compromises for the balance, and I lik
  18. Yeah, the online ad looked stale... but what a great price! If anyone knows that boat with the unique cuddy, I'd be very interested in seeing the room on the inside. For now, I just want something I can slip/side-tie during the week and camp on every other weekend... in the hulls if the weather sucks, tented up on the fore-tramp when the weather is nice. There's plenty of tramp-camping space on any of these boats when not actively sailing. Longer term, I do think adding a cuddy (perhaps removable) could be a reasonable compromise. I'm not thinking of loading my Jayco pop-up camper cr
  19. Maybe I've spent too much time on Hobies, but trimarans just don't move me the same way. Different horses for different courses... I know they are fast and functional (Colville, Joyon, and Costner have proven that!) and I've been on/in them enough to see their capacity benefits. They just don't inspire me sufficiently to take a hammer to my piggy bank. Dunno... can't explain it better than that. Maybe I was Polynesian in some former life?
  20. R33 definitely has the speed... dunno if it it'll fit my carcass. I'm 6 feet tall, and while I'm game to sleep in a tunnel, I need to try it on first-hand. Yes, I know this is coffin-yottin' we're talking about, but still. I've seen a posting online for an R33 with a stabbin' cabin that might make overnighting more palatable, but I suspect it is older advertisement, as I've been unable to get a response back. http://www.boatersresources.com/bfs_detail.php?adid=388702&sr=0&sb=0&q1=&q2=&q3=&q4=&q5=&q6=&q7= Next tim
  21. Best possibilities: Tennant GBE variants, Stiletto 27/30, Reynolds 33 - I have looked at Malcolm Tennant’s Great Barrier Express, Wildfire, and Turissimo 9. GREAT boats! - R33 is a rocketship, would have to reef often and early. Probably wouldn’t consider a 14’ BOA boat, but will be looking at a 16-footer. Maybe add racks? - Stiletto, need to get on one. Not a fan of the centered centerboard. - Others, often of even lower availability (looking, but am unlikely to find: Formula 28, Grainger Raider, Gougeon 32, Richard Woods Elf/Salish/Skua, Viva, Warrior) Excludes: Reynold
  22. I’ve sailed a range of beach cats… Hobie 16, Spirit 17, Hobie 18, Hobie Tiger F18 and sailed/crewed different monomarans from dinghy to J30, as well as a Privilege 39. I’m neither rockstar nor newbie. I haven’t raced any of my own boats, but have crewed on raceboats… I might get into that later, but I’m looking for a fast daysailer now with weekend camping / light cruising capability. Desired Attributes: LOA 24-30 fast weekend open-deck catamaran $40K or less on the secondary market trailerable/transportable (quicker setup/breakdown is better)
  23. This one might fit here... she's maybe not as old as some of the above... https://www.yachtworld.com/boats/2002/Grainger-Raider-302-2789191/Australia#.W2T9TMIh1EY Currency exchange makes such boats look so damn good... Randii
  24. I'm looking at Paxfish's Wildfire in about a month, then looking at a classic GBE and a Turissimo 9... I do love the lines of these boats, but my experience is in beach cats, J-boats, and just fiberglass in general. Wood composite and home-building is much less common around here. Randii
  25. Hopefully it works out better than 'all the wrong reasons.' She's a good-looking boat, especially in bright finish. Tennant's website detailed a little about the family: https://www.tennantdesign.co.nz/index.php?page=wild-thing The exchange rate is certainly making some of the native NZ boats attractive! I'm looking at Tennant cats here stateside, where they are less thick on the ground ... I should be chartering Flat Chat and shopping a more affordable market! Problem is, I'd probably just want to stay there! Randii
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