Converted mono hull sail/racer to cruiser?

Converted mono hull sail/racer to cruiser?

Post by Robert Taylo » Tue, 30 Jun 1998 04:00:00


    I'm wondering if anyone has converted an offshore racer to cruise
in?  What are the in's and outs.  I'm asking because I'm looking for a
mono hull light cruising boat that will still "move" exceed it's hull
speed in proper conditions.  Suitable cabin space for at least four
persons and light storage.

Thanks
Robert

 
 
 

Converted mono hull sail/racer to cruiser?

Post by Paul Kam » Tue, 30 Jun 1998 04:00:00


     >I'm wondering if anyone has converted an offshore racer to cruise
     >in? ...

I've seen it done a number of times, with very good results. It's the
cheapest way to get a really capable offshore cruiser, IMHO. But there are
some pitfalls. What size/price range are you interested in?

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Converted mono hull sail/racer to cruiser?

Post by macnaughton.co » Tue, 30 Jun 1998 04:00:00

Remember, the only way a boat is going to exceed hull speed is off the wind
and if it does you've got a strong possibility of loosing control. For
cruising you probably don't want the boat to exceed hull speed as it
probably will be difficult to control with a windvane and fatiguing for the
crew to handle in these conditions. So surfing to exceed hull speed isn't
necessarily a plus in a cruising boat.

Also, a lot depends on the type of cruising you want to do. For inshore work
light displacement is great and I have designed a number of them. For
offshore cruising a lot of the light boats are too beamy in relation to
their draft. You have to be pretty carefull in choosing the right light boat
if you are going offshore.

Tom MacNaughton
http://www.macnaughtongroup.com

Quote:

>    I'm wondering if anyone has converted an offshore racer to cruise
>in?  What are the in's and outs.  I'm asking because I'm looking for a
>mono hull light cruising boat that will still "move" exceed it's hull
>speed in proper conditions.  Suitable cabin space for at least four
>persons and light storage.

>Thanks
>Robert


 
 
 

Converted mono hull sail/racer to cruiser?

Post by Al Gunth » Thu, 02 Jul 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

> Remember, the only way a boat is going to exceed hull speed is off the wind
> and if it does you've got a strong possibility of loosing control. For
> cruising you probably don't want the boat to exceed hull speed as it
> probably will be difficult to control with a windvane and fatiguing for the
> crew to handle in these conditions. So surfing to exceed hull speed isn't
> necessarily a plus in a cruising boat.

It's simply not true that fast monohulls are incapable of exceeding hull
speed windward. In the right wind with the right sails on the right light
hull it most certainly can and in some classes they do as a matter of
course. Your comments about it being difficult to control I would agree
with in part. With shortend and balanced sail, however, a light, fast boat
can be hand steered quite easily in horrible seas compared to a heavier
boat in the same seas. An autopilot is needed for downwind when the wind
is about twice hull speed, as your apparent wind is all over the place as
the hull surfs and rolls and no windvane can perform under those
instances.

I think the key is to be able to shorten sail in all conditions without
the large crew usually associated with racing this type hull.
--
Al Gunther, Kingston, WA  <---- 47 52.7'N, 122 30.9'W