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  1. Let's not forget that the boat didn't sink. I'm sure there is some damage, and maybe an opportunity for someone (not me) to negotiate a good deal, but I can't see why this event would dramatically change the boat.
  2. Mayday just before 2100 on February 11th. Water ingress in port hull. 10-12 miles from Carro in Southern France (Med, near Marseilles). Boat was towed to port and water pumped out.
  3. You often hear that Kevlar shrouds should be changed every 5-7 years. In truth they can last a lot longer. But they are harder to inspect so you could have a problem and not know it. Problems occur when you have cuts or water intrusion. Kevlar is sensitive to UVs so you want the cover (sheath) to be in perfect shape. Because it is more difficult to inspect Kevlar than stainless some insurance companies will ask you to change them every 5 years. You can inspect them yourselves, it's not hard. You just "milk" them and check for uneveness. Make sure that the sheaths are in perfect condi
  4. Oops, looks like FOF has a 4-blade version as well: "The folding propellers are available as 2-Blade, 2-Blade racing, 3-Blade and 4-Blade in multiply [sic] sizes and pitches. " Edit: yes, but the 4-blade version is available for shafts only, not saildrives.
  5. I considered switching to FOF on a Catana 50 but I don't know what size/pitch combination to order. The C50 has Volvo-Penta four-blade propellers. So I don't know what the equivalent three-blade props would be.
  6. I just come back from Hawaii. Here is one of the boats that pack 50 tourists each to watch the sunset: https://www.google.com/search?q=teralani+4&tbm=isch Look at the bows. It turns out to be a Morrelli and Melvin design: https://www.schoonercreek.com/post/teralani-65-morrelli-and-melvin-catamaran
  7. Especially since these are Volvo-Penta, which means that they are probably d2-75, in other words just d2-55 with turbos. (On the other hand my experience with turbos for this application is that they fail quickly; on the third hand, when they fail you just have 55hp engines.)
  8. The several autopilot failures I have experienced (and obviously it is anecdotal) have never been the ram itself. It's been the angle sensor, or the main electronic board. I do pay attention to the efforts on the rudder and trim accordingly.
  9. Having two autopilots is essential, in my opinion. I have two and they are always on (but only one is actually engaged, obviously). I use both alternately in order to ensure they both work. I have been in several situations where I needed a backup and it wouldn't work. I also like that I see rudder angle on two displays (I've had problems with these sensors, so I don't trust them). I know that having both autopilots electrically on is a risk. Someone could easily engage both by mistake. It is worth it to me because me and my wife are the only ones touching the autopilots (or any of the el
  10. Yeah, but it goes both ways. I feel that I would be at the helm a lot more if it were inside like on a Gunboat. In other words, sometimes I'm at the helm for fun, and if being exposed removes the fun I won't do it. So of course the autopilot does all the work, but the direction of the causation is "exposed therefore autopilot" and not "autopilot therefore helm can be exposed". Always trade-offs. I also agree with EarthBM that tillers would be better. More fun, less room, fewer potential problems. But that is probably not a huge modification, maybe the builder would accommodate. With
  11. Oh... interesting. Don Buckles is the best agent I have ever encountered in the business (in about 15 years). Last I heard he was working with ITA Catamarans.
  12. Same as, for example, Catanas. In fact the boat strongly reminds me of the newer Catanas. Lots of people like this helm arrangement. Frees up the space in the cockpit; helms right above the rudders, allows rack and pinion steering (super reliable); good visibility on either sides (not at the same time); excellent visibility aft (e.g. when backing up to a dock); good view of the sails; good feel overall; etc. On the other hand, you are exposed to the sun and rain. You are exposed to spray, but you also have the option of going to the leeward helm which is typically drier. As usu
  13. This thread has gotten nasty and that's too bad. On the other hand I have learned some interesting things I didn't know before or had forgotten existed. Also, the original phrasing by dcnblues ("robotic arm") may have seemed... far-fetched, but the same idea described differently has some appeal, like for example a combination of a retractable system and automatic swapping of blades. ... and 10kW out of ServiProp? Wow, awesome.
  14. Oh no worries @Never was. Looks like you get a lot of fun out of your 471. By the way, there is another 471 around Cape Breton... hmm... maybe not another, maybe it's you! I think it's one of the very first hull numbers, earlier than #10. Anyway, enjoy the rest of the season if you can. Cheers!
  15. ?? I've done 12 knots average over 24 hours several times on a 471, as well as on a Catana 50, both configured for cruising and consequently heavy. I've done 15 knots on the 50 plenty of times too, but not over 24 hours. And I've pushed both the 471 just shy of 20 knots surfing down waves and the 50 around 25 knots (not sure exactly what the max was, but we broke over 20 knots a dozen times). So I do believe @Never was if he says he's done 287 miles in 24 hours. It doesn't seem that extravagant a claim.
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