Gougeon 32 catamaran

Discussion in 'Multihulls' started by rapscallion, Jul 11, 2011.

  1. rapscallion
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    rapscallion Senior Member

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    My new spaceship!

    I couldn't be happier with the boat. I picked it up yesterday and plan on taking it out today for a bit :)
     
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  2. cavalier mk2
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    cavalier mk2 Senior Member

    Well done! Now you don't have to wait for Scotty to beam you up.
     
  3. Doug Lord
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    Doug Lord Flight Ready

    G32

    Congratulations!!!! That is terrific..
     
  4. dstgean
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    dstgean Senior Member

    Nicely done Raps! I'd love to get a look at your new ride some time. I'm down in the Chicago area. Sweet ride.

    Dan
     
  5. rapscallion
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    rapscallion Senior Member

    dstgean, send me a PM; I'll give you my contact info. I'd be happy to take you out for a ride once I get comfortable with the boat.

    and thanks guys!
     
  6. outside the box

    outside the box Previous Member

    Perfect outcome look forward to further updates... all the best
     
  7. Paul B

    Paul B Previous Member

    It appears you are trailering the boat with the mast butt still attached to the tabernacle. This is giving you a long section of mast overhanging the car. I suggest you un-pin the mast base and walk the rig back while trailering. The way you are doing it can hook things while cornering, and appears to be in a position that would be illegal in some states (excess overhangs).

    If you are going to be doing much trailering you might also want to add some air shocks to your car so the tongue weight doesn't compress the suspension like it is doing.
     
  8. rapscallion
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    Thanks for the advice. I'm getting torsion bars to level out tie car, and ill look into the legality of leaving the mast hooked up.
     
  9. dstgean
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    dstgean Senior Member

    I wouldn't worry much about the legality, but rather if you'd hook something with the tip of your mast while cornering--say making a right hand turn onto a 2 lane road. You have to think of your rig as you might a semi truck now.

    I've nearly gotten hit by the reverse of the above situation. School buses have a short wheelbase relative to their length. When they make sharp 90 degree turns, they can often take up an arc of space that they did not when motoring straight ahead. Your mast will do the same, but the arc of space vacated by your car might be occupied by someone or something. Just as a reality experiment, you might try to see what your rig would look like when your car is at 45 degrees or even more. I'd hate to see you lose your mast, damage the boat, and something else stationary.

    Dan
     
  10. cavalier mk2
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    cavalier mk2 Senior Member

    Best to leave the jousting to the renaissance fairs...
     
  11. rapscallion
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    rapscallion Senior Member

    You are quite right about the need to be careful while turning! I live in a heavily wooded area, and it took a great deal of care to back the boat into it's new temporary home.
     
  12. bruceb
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    towing

    I am quite jealous, and I expect you will have great fun with your new "ship". I would be very careful if that is your normal tow car. I think it is a front drive model, and they are not the best choice. Traction on ramps can be a problem, as well as rain on the road. Be careful! B
     

  13. rapscallion
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    rapscallion Senior Member

    I fear this is my normal tow car for now... My other car is a 2010 prius... so... out of the two this is the better choice :) I'll most likely get something like an RX400H once my laser 28 sells. But until then, I'll muddle through with the Deville.
     
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