[MHml] Catana 471 Owner Version - "DA MOJO"
abarham at bigpond.net.au
Mon Feb 2 19:39:22 EST 2009
That wouldn't happen to have been "Freebirds" by any chance? I have to
admit to coveting that boat (Etincelle 60) only a few $$ short. It was a
very interesting?? short lived Blog associated with it as well , if it is
that was the boat. www.befreebirds.com/The_Boat.php
>I have been looking at a lot of performance cruisers
> over the past 3 years over the Prout 50 that we have.
> Chris White forward cockpit with no sun cover
> while sailing is a big turn off for me because we cruise
> mostly Florida and the islands in the hot sun. The
> other problem with the forward cockpit is weather
> and salt spray going over 10 knts + which these boats
> do quite well. Chris would just tell me to go into the
> pilot house for shade and weather.
> Catana also does not offer bulkhead steering, only
> outboard stations. Again, no sun shade or weather
> protection. I have looked at the 471 and think it's
> a nice cruiser and they did a great job for that size
> boat. I did not like much about the new Catana 50.
> I would have to agree with CW that the ventilation
> was not great and it weighs too much.
> We just test sailed an Etincelle 60 in St. Maartin a
> few days ago. What a hot rod. 14.3 knots with a 16 knots
> of wind with one reef in the main. It has about the same
> amount of room inside the Catana 471 and has really
> narrow hulls.
> Any way, my two cents worth. hope that helps
> Jeff Russell
> Ft. Pierce, Fl.
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