Low displacement coastal cruiser around 40' / 12M

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  1. waikikin
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    The "Fairway" cruiser in the sedan model comes "some of the way" towards what I'm on track for, still heavy though & a touch to much draft, older flybridge models a bit cheaper. I'd prefer half the weight & to add water ballast for short offshore coastal hops if required.
    A few second-hand examples..
    Used Fairway 37 Sedan for Sale | Boats For Sale | Yachthub https://yachthub.com/list/boats-for-sale/used/power-boats/fairway-37-sedan/263613
    Used Fairway 36 Flybridge Cruiser - Well Presented for Sale | Boats For Sale | Yachthub https://yachthub.com/list/boats-for-sale/used/power-boats/fairway-36-flybridge-cruiser-well-presented/264618
    Used Fairway 36 Flybridge Cruiser for Sale | Boats For Sale | Yachthub https://yachthub.com/list/boats-for-sale/used/power-boats/fairway-36-flybridge-cruiser/266816
    Used Fairway 36 Flybridge Cruiser for Sale | Boats For Sale | Yachthub https://yachthub.com/list/boats-for-sale/used/power-boats/fairway-36-flybridge-cruiser/266914

    A touch more freeboard, cockpit sole at the same level as inside & the full width fold up boarding platform, maybe a touch edgier in styling & a couple extra foot longer.

    Jeff.

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    Always liked the idea of irens' rangeboats. Did a lot of calcs on long low displacement monos but l couldnt get the numbers to stack up. First let me state for the record that l like cats for cruising and I am biased, unashamedly so. My latest design however is an 8 metre mono longboat for a mate. You still have to put a deck in a mono like a bridgedeck in a cat and material costs are not wildly diferent between the longer mono and shorter cat. For the same accomodation you need a longer mono. These facts need to be considered for marina costs as well. You pay more for a cat but you need a longer mono for the same amount of accomodation and therefore longer berth so marina costs are not that different. Also generally the cat can support more solar, even in the shorter waterline length vessel, to be independent of shore power. The cat may also be more comfy in questionable anchorages obviating the need or desire to go into the marina in the first place. More maintenance can be done on the beach, further reducing costs. In sailing vessels you have two rudders and two daggerboards and thats a lot of work but not necessary on a powercat. With twin outboards on the wish list you will probably save money on purchase price and running costs with smaller motors achieving similar performance figures on the cat. Now as far as classic style goes the cats not even at the starting line in that particular race. They are definitely function over form. If style is the main driver then rangeboat here I come. Practicality, economy, maintenance, accomodation draft, stability at anchor etc its hard to beat a cat for tropical coastal hopping and sitting in beautiful anchorages like hill inlet in 12 inches of water. Now southern ocean, west coast tassie etc Im looking for a mono and wind generators. Interesting conundrum.
     
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    Thanks for the thoughts, classic style is not really the driver, just that a lot of classics have well evolved features for low power and cockpit awnings that I like, just been to SIBs and favourite boats were the Whitehaven classic and the Axopar 37x, very different styles and both quite high hp, most of the time boats just idle around. This is still a thought bubble, Ive got nice tooling for a 12.4 metre cat were the topsides panels could become for a mono power bost but would need to scale and model this to work out... Old school modelling though.
    Ive got the space to build either but at present taken up by a mates barge/motorised work platform in my shed. Ive got a pretty decent stack of core materials to build the 12.4 cat and then enough on top of that for a 12 metre mono, or at least the e hull, quite a decent stack of multi axial fabrics 850quad, 600 & 450 db and biax plus uni.. All e glass. Still looking at built options as well but generrally heavy and thirsty..
    Jeff.
     
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