Sailboat, motorsailor to motorboat?

Discussion in 'Boat Design' started by James Wellington, Jan 23, 2023 at 10:38 AM.

  1. James Wellington
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    James Wellington Junior Member

    Would this make any sense? This Caroff Chatam 60 is already pretty much a motorsailor, twin 90hp motors, almost like those lrc 58 boats by Artnautica. So what it somebody eliminated all the sails, thus making it a canal-ready boat too? It has a retractable keel too, thus low draft.
    CHATAM 60-2003 https://www.ayc-yachtbroker.com/chatam-60-0
     
  2. James Wellington
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    Guess its twin 75hp motors, not 90. Also, somebody suggested leaving the boom, and just enough mast height to get under bridges.
     
  3. bajansailor
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    bajansailor Marine Surveyor

    Would you be looking to build a new boat like this, or maybe buying this vessel and then 'converting' her into a motor boat?

    I think that she is much more of a sailing boat than what the generic term 'motor sailer' implies, as she has a fairly powerful sailing rig on her, which should be ideal for high latitude expedition cruising.

    Re leaving enough mast height to get under bridges, it then all depends on the height of the bridge - the Caroff Chatam 60 would get under the bridge over the Panama Canal, but I am not sure about the bridges of (eg) the Intra-Coastal Waterway on the eastern seaboard of the USA.
     

  4. James Wellington
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    Regarding height, I think the ICW, and european canals are about 14feet, but could be looked up.
    This boat, if modified, would be similar to some other motor boats, like the Dashew FPBs, and the Arksen 65, and the Artnautica lrc 58, nand 65, but at a fraction of the price. Very sturdy, built for high latitudes, yet without the mast/sails, can go anywhere, and can even sit on a dry beach.
    A good boat for some people.
     
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