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  1. Ave can also charge using the regeneration function of the engine not only using solar.
  2. Yes @occams_razor Christophe is Thailand based but they insure worldwide. We're presently Med based.
  3. 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) chr
  4. 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!!
  5. 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 expo
  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 wh
  10. Diaform would like to have upgraded to structural and synthetic but $$$$$
  11. 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 ni
  12. 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.. Su
  13. 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 solv
  14. 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!
  15. Actually the beat from Saba to St Barth's can be a ball breaker!
  16. Nice they “have to earn money somehow” so why not do it at the cost of losing the respect of those that buy the magazine. Pretty much a revamped production boat with some lipstick that'll go onto plague the oceans.
  17. Hey Bottom before making a suggestion like this I'd first see if you can get insurance. I think you'll find that you won't without a current survey and personally I don't think Bull Frog in her current state will pass survey.
  18. A few months back Claudia and I started a new series of videos called Behind the Beams. We wanted to try and showcase some of the interesting people and things that are going on in the multihull world south of the equator. The people being interviewed have varied and interesting stories and not only that they have a wealth of experience and knowledge that needs sharing. Claudia and I are far from documentary makers or interviewers and anyone that knows us knows we’re more at home on the water than on land so these interviews are far from professional but hey we’re giving it a go.
  19. Another great topic!! Applied five coats of Copper Coat to Spirit at the start of 2017 and have been very very happy with it. Application was crucial from what we’d read prior so we made sure to follow the instructions to a T. Seem most boats that have issues don’t burnish it properly after application. It’s hard to sand off the top layer of the expensive copper coat you’ve just applied and goes against everything we know about most antifouls but that’s what makes the difference Mainly went this route as we love to have an extremely clean and smooth bottom and in the past after the abla
  20. Agreed she’s a weapon and well laid out with huge spaces. First went onboard in St Barths in 2009 after she was launched then Claudia and I went to view her in France last year. Michel the owner keeps her in mint condition super impressive. And yes Speng Spirit is still for sale.
  21. We've had Hydranet onboard Spirit since 2013 and it's still like new. Never had any work done to them only removed them when the boats been stored ashore for more than a few months. The entire time we've also been tropics based with heavy UV and no degradation of cloth, stitching and no mould is present. Wouldn't go for anything else they just don't stack up. Ours have held their shape fine and as you know Spirit's a pretty high powered rig with large loads, 70sqm mainsail and 40sqm jib. If there's any complaints it's with the cut, which isn't due to the cloth. If you're wanting to cruis
  22. Surprising to see very little mention of the new TS5’s. If you’re looking for a boat with plenty of room that sails incredibly well, is light and well thought out and that has a solid build it’s hard to beat a new basic boat at just over the $700K USD!
  23. Hey boardhead I see in your photo above that you have mounted your wind instrument on the rear post. I’ve often thought of doing something similar with Spirit as the RFU that inputs mast rotation is less than ideal. Would you mind passing on your experience with this setup? Sorry to go off topic.
  24. We’ve just spent a few days here with that family in Lombok and they’re a great couple with an inspiring story. I’ve known Alan and Roger for a few years now and they’re company Asia Catamarans based in Phuket builds some great boats. They’re fast and fun to sail and the racing versions are incredibly impressive. We raced three during the Kings Cup last year and were blown away by the performance. They are light with a rough displacement of around 3t and have some very cool ideas implemented into the designs. Well worth a look at as they’re well priced and have good interior volume.
  25. Sailed from Tahiti to Fiji with one it was a 55 light extended with larger rig built for racing. Lovely boat but surprisingly not as quick as Spirit even in big breeze we sailed away from her. For the size the interior was nice but a little tight for 55ft. When it came to build quality and reliability the boat was fantastic and the entire time we cruised with them ended up being over six years and during that time they had zero issues! Your wariness of balsa comes with good reason. No matter what people say the reality is that it’s a sponge and if water can get it it’ll drink up as much
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