Date: Sun, 2 Dec 2007 10:00:20 -0500 From: "Thomas L Rogers" <email@example.com> Subject: GL: Single-Handed Boat for Great Loop To: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ahoy, you Loopers, trailerable boaters and anyone cruising the list,
My wife, Connie and I have been members of AGLCA and attended rendezvous as well as several Trawler Fests in past years looking for the "right boat"... if there is one? I am sure that we all know the drill, have prejudices and the Admiral's opinions to acknowledge. After years of planning the fuel prices have given us reason to reconsider the larger and more comfortable mono trawler for a smaller and more efficient trailerable catamaran. Well we finally purchased a Polak boat! Yes, it was made in Poland and there are about 55 of these between Europe and the small fleet in the US.
Cat's Away is a 30', twin outboard with a 9'5" beam with a dry wt of about 6,000 lbs. It can easily be trailered although the beam exceeds state regs. The owners I have contacted have never been stopped by the DOT or PD during transits. One of the dealers has told me that he has towed these boats all over the country without a problem.
Cruising... well we just purchased it in late fall and have only had 1 week aboard. It is currently in our heated shop in Michigan where the water gets harder everyday! She is currently undergoing a look-see to familiarize myself with all systems and even some projects, I am one of those guys that loves to reinvent something for better or worse. It had been a live aboard in the Bahamas for the past year.
I cannot put a value on the information that is available here in the lists to include Great Loop, T&T as well as the Power-Catamaran list . . . thank you all and thank YOU, Georgs, and others that manage these lists!
There is no perfect boat for all and as I have seen many have changed their opinions based on their needs and wants over the years.
Our ambition is to meet some of you folks on the waterways in the coming years. We would specially like to see Ron and Eva on the water just to show them that we really did it as well as El and Bill as they have unknowingly contributed so much to our trailerable boat decision.
There aren't many of them around however worth looking at if you don't mind a Polish boat. It may not be the best single-handed boat but it is another trailerable option out there.