50185Re: fast motor sailer
- Jul 25, 2006--- In email@example.com, "pvanderwaart" <pvanderwaart@...> wrote:
>A correction regarding Alert, aka Manatee: she has full comfortable headroom thanks to
> > Recently I met someone who is thinking of having a boat built to
> > cruise European canals and maybe sometine the med. He would like to
> > have the possibility to sail when the wind is right.
> > This boat should be 12m long aprox 4m wide, speed 10+ knots.
> > Would there be existing Bolger plans to fit these requirements?
> > Thanks for any input,
> My first thought is that 10kts is too fast for a 12m sailboat. A more
> reasonable number would be about 7.5kts, and even that is pushing the
> That aside, there are several Bolger plans to consider. There are
> several in which the pivoting mast mechanics have been worked out.
> Alert (aka Manatee) is about 33 ft, and would be good in the canals,
> but does not have full headroom. Apogee is an aluminum ketch designed
> for US canals, but the folded rig would be unpleasant for long runs in
> the canals. Loose Moose was designed for exactly the service you
> describe, plus an Atlantic Crossing. The Solution 48 is a big steel
> boat, but with folding masts, and would be good (unless the house is
> too high for the bridges).
> If the speed seems really important, the I would suggest giving up on
> sailing and going to one of the power sharpies: good room, good speed,
the modifications by her builder Jim Melcher. See this link: http://www.atomvoyages.com/
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