took a brand new Hunter 36 from Sing to Brunei once , can attest that the quote is true .....It is true that most production boats are not designed and built for crossing oceans.
Well I'm surprised. I thought they were one of the good guys.I met a fellow with a brand new Rustler. He was suing them for a bunch of faults and repairs that the New boat had rightout of the gate. That Sucks Too
And they have a canvas cover on their dinghy with a nice deep well in it so it'll hold several hundred pounds of water with no access to any drain hole. Some of the wave will of course wash forward and knock over their Leaning Tower of Diesel.I was interested in your earlier post about this, and being somewhat distressed to hear of this decline in quality at Leopard, I tried watching some of their videos. They are hard to watch as the main dude is either being silly or going on long sarcastic rants. Plus for my liking a lot of their mods seem stupid, like the lightning "prevention" system. Their vid after their recent Atlantic crossing shows problems with cracks around the aft crossbeam. Clearly there is some horribly inadequate fiberglass work there, but I also wonder if they did not help it along. For example, in addition to adding most of the contents of a shipping container to the boat in the Med, they appear to have 24 5-gallon (maybe larger?) jugs of diesel strapped to the back if the deck, on top of that crossbeam, and left Cape Town that way. The first screenshot shows the 24 jugs at the dock in Cape Town, the second on their trip north. I calculate their weight as 840lbs. Having that weight across three oceans and the med with all the flexing of a catamaran seems likely to strain that structure.
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... Modern design production sailboats are all about lifestyle marketing rather than seaworthiness and practicality.
cockpit-locker latches & gas-bottle padeyes would be the least of my worries if I had to go to sea in this....I have neen watching the Leopard 45 saga unfolding with interest.
I have neen watching the Leopard 45 saga unfolding with a mix horror/disgust/empathy/anger.
You jealous cuz your boat can't just hoon around the anchorage in a crosswind like Ken Block drivin' his tuner.cockpit-locker latches & gas-bottle padeyes would be the least of my worries if I had to go to sea in this
Okay, thanks. I used to be proud of Robertson and Caine and Leopard, being South African and sharing one of their names and having an apartment near their headquarters. Here's what an older 45 (6 years old and sailed similar distance to the Red Seas newer one) looks like under the hood, a video put out in reaction to the bulkhead issues of the Lagoon 46s. I've skipped the tedious first part. Catamarans don't appeal to me and I could never afford one, but if I was interested and able then I would want one this strong (watch to near the end to see the steel core).I don't think 840 lbs distributed across the stern is significant. That's like 4 fat guys.
I had three nights with 30 knots and big enough breaking waves that I had to bear off to a broad reach with staysail only (one SE maramu and one northerly front). One wave over the boat that forced water through the limber holes at the front of the companionway hatch cover that spewed water and accumulated gunk all over the cabin. Not storm conditions, but getting there. The boat handled those well under windvane while I retreated to my bunk. We will see how it handles going around South Africa, but I have complete confidence in it.Having no issues on the coconut milk run around the world doesn't mean the boat is structurally good. Just that loads have been low so far.
We will see how it handles going around South Africa, but I have complete confidence in it.
Hmmm can we say 3 fat guys instead of 4? I'm still overweight but down 35 lbs and can touch my toes again. But still 215. Yeah I'm being sensitiveI don't think 840 lbs distributed across the stern is significant. That's like 4 fat guys.