Anyone Know>>> Hughes46 Faamu Sami ?

Discussion in 'Multihulls' started by 2flit, Apr 23, 2012.

  1. 2flit
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    I have been looking into the Hughes46 Faamu Sami on the East Coast. Trying to struggle myself into some position where I might purchase this boat and am seeking someone who has sailed aboard her in over 25 knot winds.... and that would be willing to answer a few questions about her?

    I own a Hughes28 now and am looking at some way to make this larger Hughes into a Spartan cruising boat for sailing in the Pacific Northwest.

    Thankfully,
    John
     
  2. Corley
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    Like all Kurt's boats the emphasis is on performance. I'm sorry I've not had the pleasure of sailing the boat but wind strengths above 25 knots wont pose a problem in fact thats where this boat would really get moving fast. If I was cruising I'd reef early but you have the horsepower if you want it. From what I've heard the boat is setup for single handing.

    There is some discussion on Faamu Sami in this thread on Sailing Anarchy and some of the posters have sailed on the boat may be worth your while signing up over there to ask some questions

    http://forums.sailinganarchy.com/index.php?showtopic=131262&st=0

    The payload looks quite adequate for spartan fast cruising for a couple or small family. The good thing about Kurt's trimarans from a liveability perspective at anchor is he doesn't go nuts with dihedral so the boats dont do the flip flop as badly as some other trimarans. What else can I say apart form "I'm jealous!".

    http://www.multihulldesigns.com/designs_stock/46tri.html
     
  3. 2flit
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    Corely.... I am not sure....

    Corely,
    Thanks for the response. Yes, she is set up for single handing with a veritable web of control lines that fairly well envelope the entire cabin top from cockpit to mast. And has the design goal of being easily handled..... Yet.... Actually I am concerned about things in over 25 knots becoming somewhat interesting to handle from a cruising perspective. Shorthanded and single handing at times. That is an 80 foot mast and represents allot of high loads in the entire system. Not an issue on our H28 but I sure want to talk to someone who has sailed her in more difficult conditions than all the calm weather pictures that are posted on the various web sites for Faamu Sami.
    I have noticed that FA has come up twice now on SA.... and corresponded with Jangles about her briefly. I posted this inquiry on SA also, hoping to find someone that had sailed her in more than just moderate conditions.

    J
     
  4. Corley
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    Well reefing early is the key you would be surprised how forgiving these big boats are versus small multihulls I was on a mates Atlantic 42 cat recently and actually felt very uncomfortable with full sail up in 25kts. I'm used to small, light multihulls and it's quite strange the extra weight, loads and righting moment of a large boat. Owners of large multis have expressed similar discomfort on my off the beach and trailer boats in the past so it must be a mutual thing.

    Righting moment goes up to the cube of length and given Faamu is a close to square platform there is a lot of righting moment probably somewhere around 30 tonnes probably a bit more at a quick mental calculation. You would most likely blow out your sails before you could come close to a capsize. I'd just tootle around with the sail area I felt comfortable with while I learnt what the boat would take.
     

  5. oldsailor7
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    John.
    Corley said rightly that early reefing is the key.
    You should have no worries.
    We sailed a Crowther 45 from Sydney to Lord Howe in 50 gusting 55 wind and forty ft high waves, under double reefed mainsail only.

    We were on auto pilot all the way and never had an anxious moment.

    Kurts designs are very reliable and I don't think you have to worry. :cool:
     
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