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Old 12-04-2016, 09:18 PM   #1
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Perfect looper?

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Old 12-04-2016, 09:26 PM   #2
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Now THAT'S a roomaran!!
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Old 12-04-2016, 09:48 PM   #3
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Kinda looks like a floating toaster...?
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Old 12-05-2016, 02:02 AM   #4
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Only one helm and it is exposed. The position of the helm on the upper deck doesn't provide very good visibility but who cares about the weather or crab pots when you are designing a party barge. Maybe it was meant to be towed...haha.
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Old 12-05-2016, 04:45 AM   #5
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Looks like it ought to be real easy to tie up in a slip or anchor out. Clearly designed by an RV engineer, not a nautical engineer.

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Old 12-05-2016, 06:13 AM   #6
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Old 12-05-2016, 06:17 AM   #7
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Here it is for anyone who is too lazy to follow the link...
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Old 12-05-2016, 08:09 AM   #8
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From the ad copy:

"Seaworthiness with low center of gravity and power catamaran benefits"

Low center of gravity? Really?
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Old 12-05-2016, 08:28 AM   #9
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It does indeed look like a toaster. I like it, not very nautical looking but fills a niche in the market. Enclose the upper deck with eisenglass and you get 1700 sq ft of living space in a 45 ft boat. Thats a pretty neat trick. Aside from a looper it would make a great floating apartment for snowbirders. Would definitely not want to get caught in nasty weather off shore with it though.
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Old 12-05-2016, 08:29 AM   #10
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They've delivered several. Going to have one at Miami. A little less than $1 million, tricked out and delivered to Florida (44 foot version). Built in Italy. CE Category B.
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Category B — Offshore. Category B includes boats operating offshore with winds up to 40 knots, Beaufort Force 8, and significant seas up to 13 feet.

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Yeah, like everyone, my first concern was seaworthiness. The Cat. B is surprising.
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Old 12-05-2016, 08:56 AM   #13
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Looks like locks would be a challenge. Details aren't good on the pictures but it looks like you would have to handle lines from the top deck.
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It doesn't excite me. The piece of toast it would make, would be too much for me, and with my luck, I'd burn it.
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Old 12-05-2016, 10:57 AM   #16
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Category B — Offshore. Category B includes boats operating offshore with winds up to 40 knots, Beaufort Force 8, and significant seas up to 13 feet.

Typical for boats in it's size range although some are Category A. I bet though that the B only is up to a certain number of passengers and with more it's a C.
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Those European CE ratings are pretty silly IMO. My boat is A rated, but I would have a heart attack in winds over 40 knots and waves over 13'.

But I'm a whimp...
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Those European CE ratings are pretty silly IMO. My boat is A rated, but I would have a heart attack in winds over 40 knots and waves over 13'.

But I'm a whimp...
They don't take heart attacks into consideration. Very few boats under 50' except true passagemakers are rated A. Our 44' Riva was the only boat of it's type we saw that was rated A. Most others are B but a lot of C and some B/C. For instance, no Beneteau Swift Trawlers get an A. Their 50' gets B14/C18, 44' gets B12/C14, 34' gets B8/C10/D11, and 30' gets B8. Those all appear logical. Beneteau has an interesting article on the subject.

What CE Certification means for Boat Buyers | Beneteau

I think of A - Ocean more as far offshore for extended voyages and B - Offshore as fine to run outside but be able to get back inside in a reasonable period of time. You'll get uncomfortable but not die in that time. C-inshore, I think of as bays, inland, ICW and all the rest. C can handle seas to 7'. It's probably consistent with the way the majority here actually boat. Some here do what I'd call B Boating, and a few do A boating. D is wave heights to 18 inches and that pretty much means sitting at the dock to me.

While the system is far from perfect and is more design than build, I've ridden on A's and B's of the same size and definitely perceived the difference in handling 6-8' seas. I didn't try them on 13' seas.
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Almost expect Chevy Chase to be piloting it... The Family Truckster on water.

Did anyone notice that it's powered by two Volvo Penta diesels?
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