BIGGEST trailable yacht

Discussion in 'Sailboats' started by Richard Atkin, Aug 16, 2008.

  1. bobg3723
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    The larger displacement daysailers tend to be keelboats, it seems. This is where a homebuilt design makes more sense.

    Try asking Jim Michalak if his 25' sailboat Caprice can be modified to stretch its cockpit to accommodate eight bodies. This would requre re-designing the cuddy as a smaller storage cuddy. Like most of his designs, it has pivoting leeboards on the sides. It's also a water ballasted design.

    On the face of things, insofar as non-keel weight boats are concerned, those unballasted daysailers with anything of less LOA and displacement than that of the Caprice tend to be for sheltered waters, and I feel one would be asking for trouble if planing a trip to the Channel Islands in one, IMHO.

    However, the possibility of a safe voyage with the Caprice is worth investigating further with its designer.


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    BobG
     
  2. bobg3723
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    As far as weather related horror stories about plying the Channel Islands straits go, there was this Hmong man who rolled his sailboat out there, lost all power and functions to his electronics and outboard, and was demasted.
    And, this is no joke. He drifted all the way off the coast of South America before he was rescued!

    A $600 functioning EPIRB could have saved him a lot of grief.

    BobG
     
  3. mr curious
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    not forgetting the Seaward 32RK

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    :)
     
  4. rwatson
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    Theres a big difference bwteen towable and trailerable. Especially at 10ft wide.

    I notice they dont show what size vehicle is required to pull 4 tonne of boat in the picture. This is bordering on being cheaper to sail to a new port than tow it there.

    But hey - dry stand prices are much better than marina rates.
     
  5. mr curious
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    true dat

    duramax 4:11s

    edit, it's beautiful imho!
     
  6. Richard Atkin
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    I have a book here on survival stories. I read about that guy. Made me do a bit more research on California sea conditions!!
     
  7. Richard Atkin
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    Not to mention less hull maintenance, and the ability to make small modifications from the comfort of your home.
     
  8. Richard Atkin
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    It's going to take me a while to look at all these suggestions! Thanks very much everyone
     
  9. bobg3723
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    At the very least: an automatic tranny, 3/4 ton pickup, 4:11 differential.

    Preferred: One ton truck, AirLocker locking rear diffs for traction on slick ramps, anti-sway tongue leveling bars, exhaust compression braking system, Bose six-channel audio system....:rolleyes: ;)

    BobG
     
  10. Richard Atkin
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    Been very interesting so far.

    The Rainbow looks like a great little boat for the price. It's virtually impossible to capsize, and has a nice big cockpit. Not good for getting on and off the trailer though. I would like more than just a cuddy too.

    I really love the interior layout of the Seaward 32RK. I think it is illegal to tow that in LA??

    Still got my eyes on that Hobie 33.....
     
  11. Richard Atkin
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    Starting to think that the sliding keel without water ballast, and with the bulb on the end, is the best kind of keel for my purposes.
     
  12. mr curious
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    don't know about LA.

    here in Canuckistan, it's just a case of getting the correct permits.
     
  13. deepsix
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    The hobie is one of the few legitimately trailerable big boats. It has a deck stepped mast, some have sliding keels, a beam of 8'/2.4m(road legal) and a light displacement of 4000lb/1810kg.

    I sailed one in Cape Town a few years ago and I was very impressed, she has a narrow easily driven hull and a moderately sized sail plan. The boat sails very well, and is comfortable and dry until pushed hard. Inside she is sparse and could really use some more headroom. The boats are surprisingly strong and seaworthy. Check out the 12' drop test video..

    If you are a sailor and enjoy sailing I would recommend this boat, if you prefer spending time on the water, drinking and socializing then the mac26 would probably better suit your needs.

    http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=hW-ROpGTp7A
    http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=HtPCY9zFrHo&feature=related
     
  14. mr curious
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    mr curious gunkholer supreme

    Check out the 12' drop test video..

    linky not working

    ;)
     

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    Oops, Fixed it.
     
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