Interesting. I am wondering if the changes are a function of boats being larger, facilities being better, or just time. The wife and I last cruised far and wide almost 30 years ago. BC. Before children LOL. Also smaller boat than the 50 and 60s you see now so less beam. But back then we for sure made effective use of the rub rail! Heck you should see the docking arrangement we have had for the past 10 or so years. Four turns, over about 200 yards, through every compass direction and between about 12 feet at most to 6 feet at least over our beam measurement. With the slip naturally situated such that prevailing winds (or storms) are a cross breeze. God I miss my rub rails!! Thought about a winter project to install same but would destroy the aesthetic (and be a point load where its not designed for same).Standard Chris White design feature!
Though after four years/15K miles we haven't used it much to speak of. Most of the "inside" slips where you might want to spring around a piling or something are too narrow anyway. We go to the dock as seldom as humanly possible, hate being on the dock, but we usually get a T-head or similar pretty easy, because that's where the boat fits. Stern to is also fairly easy.
I've been looking at videos of the Faroes and Lofotens where we're going this summer and where it's often too deep to anchor. A lot of the recreational docks look tight for us, we're going to end up on some commercial/fishboat piers at least some of the time. We're going to need more fenders, and some fender boards!
Thrusters are great! For performance cats it's a weight allocation issue - do you want to use X amount of your payload that way, for something you may not use too often?? For any other boat I wouldn't hesitate. Even with twins, it still helps a lot. I think the hating is mostly envy.....So now that we can all admit that it’s painful, why so much hate on a thruster. When the wife and I go back out again in 10 years or so a thruster is definitely on the wish list. Our Catana didn’t have a rub rail which always made tight maneuvers in wind/current super stressful. Give me a thruster and I’d be sipping a beer. Not really, but I figure the thruster could be easily be worth the weight and added complexity to lower the anxiety. It always seemed to work out but it’s the what if oops moment that would easily pay for one, so maybe worth the expense too. Now dealing with the shame is another thing
Nope, landing in a crosswind is easy, even up to 30 knots.Glad it's not only me that gets a bit stressed ! I treat it like landing a plane in a crosswind, crab in and line up at the last second and hope for the best, strong tide and shallow water just add to the stress levels. No wonder I love anchoring.
Have you seen the water jet thrusters?Thrusters are great! For performance cats it's a weight allocation issue - do you want to use X amount of your payload that way, for something you may not use too often?? For any other boat I wouldn't hesitate. Even with twins, it still helps a lot. I think the hating is mostly envy.....
Nice idea basically a waterpump exiting the hull below the waterline. Not sure how much use it wind be when it's windy though, anybody used one ?Have you seen the water jet thrusters?
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Love this post. Post of the day.Nope, landing in a crosswind is easy, even up to 30 knots.
Docking you don't have the option to go around many times.
We have a thruster on our boat. When the wind is honking, it helps about almost nothing. You have to prepare for arrival and departure. If not you're landing on a dock piling or even worse against another boat.
It leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
I cannot tell you how much time I spent on this and how disappointed I am.
This was in no way a reflection on the boat.Not many ways to go ...
Either continue pushing O51, or forget it and switch over to alternatives.
Legally then you do have a valid contract. In reality it's not worth the headache and lawyer's fees to make the other party comply. Hopefully the next one you find will be betterWe accepted the sellers counter.
I watched this happen to a friend last year on a nice 40' tri in the upper $200ks; it was claimed to be lost in translation between english and German (but they had cashed the earnest money check just fine!) Is there a cultural difference thing, i.e. it is socially acceptable in parts of Europe to back out of large asset purchase deals after committing, vs. the stigma / bad juju of doing so in a US deal? Mambo, did the broker comment at all about this? (and I can certainly f'off if that's too personal)I've had similar experiences with trying to buy foreign boats - had an offer accepted, signed, & then the sellor backed out, & raised the price.
I clearly understood it, MK. Can tell You that in the shipping (not yachting) industry such a back trade is almost impossible.The criticism was leveled at the behaviour of the seller.