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Multihulls Today Spring 2016

MQ-Multihulls Quarterly is the only magazine published in North America for multihull enthusiasts, both power and sail. Created by the publishers of Blue Water Sailing magazine, MQ offers news and notes from around the multihull world, in depth reviews of new multihulls and relevant gear and equipment, and offers great personal stories from sailors and cruisers all around the world who spend their time on the water aboard their multihulls – either catamarans or trimarans.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Blue Water Sailing
Frequency:
Quarterly
R 71,65
R 245,36
4 Issues

in this issue

2 min
the year of multihulls

This is our eighth year of publishing Multihulls Quarterly and it has been quite a ride so far. The world has changed a bit since 2008 and the world of multihulls has changed, too. The Great Recession affected everyone in the U.S. big and small, rich or poor. And it had a dramatic effect on the boating scene. New boat sales plummeted. Boat owners left their boats in the boat yard under shrink wrap for years. Marinas were half empty for a long time. Then, slowly, as the economy recovered, activity started to pick up again. People began using their boats more and many decided that the time was right to buy a new boat. But a funny thing had happened along the way. Something had changed. The multihull sections of the…

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3 min
america’s cup update

On a breezy day off the coast of Bermuda this March, Team Oracle USA’s skipper Jimmy Spithill was jibing a 45 foot foiling America’s Cup catamaran in 15-20 knots of wind during a training session when the boat got out of control and tipped over sideways. This was the first capsize associated with the America’s Cup this year. Luckily, there was only minimal damage to the boat’s electronics and no crew members were injured. Generally, the crew and boats fare better during a capsize than a pitchpole, where the boat dives bow first into the water then flips. Three days prior to Team Oracle’s capsize, they competed in the Oman stop of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series; a series of events at different venues around the world that will…

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2 min
great charter deals in the exumas, bahamas

Veteran Bahamas cruisers will tell you that the Exuma chain of islands in the Bahamas is one of the great cruising grounds in the world. The islands are pretty, the sailing is mostly in protected waters, there are hundreds of anchorages and the snorkeling and diving is some of the world’s best. Plus, it is home to the Exuma Land and Sea Park where wildlife is protected and thus abundant and remarkably unconcerned by humans. The Bahamas are easy to get to. The people are laid back and friendly. And you can mix your vacation between modern luxury resorts, rustic local villages and bareboating in the wilds of unpopulated islands. Until recently charter companies have steered away from the Exumas. But that has changed. A Canadian company call Navtours has opened a…

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5 min
william “billzo” koffler

MQ: We heard you are building a new Sparkman & Stevens launch at present. What’s that boat all about? Bill Koffler: It’s an exotic 2.65 meter, pre-preg, carbon fiber, teak clad tender with twin drive electric Torqeedo drives. And of course the Torqeedo motors had to be disassembled and remounted in custom machined housings so they could be raised up like real outdrives…and, and, and. MQ: How long have you been building boats at Aquidneck Custom Composites? BK: We have been in business since 2001 and have been building boats of all types and in just about all materials ever since. I guess we may be best known for building three Chris White designed Atlantic 57 cruising catamarans some years ago. But as the high tech tender indicates, we can build just about…

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9 min
singular mission on multiple hulls

It’s true that Gunboat catamarans are fantastic long distance cruising boats. Fast and luxurious, even the 48 footers—on the small side of the range—offer discriminating owners both space and elegance while delivering solid performance. Given the fact that Anjella was for sale and we were merely delivering the boat to the yard for a refit, we knew that we were being entrusted with a family treasure. I had helped to move Anjella north from Cape Town, South Africa 10 years earlier, and she needed to be moved from St. Tropez to Gunboat’s home in Wanchese, NC. The mission to get the boat across the ocean sounded simple enough, but a November passage through the Mediterranean and Straits of Gibraltar and across the North Atlantic would provide ample risk.Getting her through…

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12 min
placing a boat into bareboat charter

Over the years in our industry I have seen a few yacht brokerage companies focus on selling new or used cats into bareboat charter programs. I generally find the tactics and approach to this sort of selling a bit aggressive for my taste, but the ability to sell boats into charter programs is a highly profitable business for those who are good at it. Full disclosure: I am not. One of the most frustrating things for me as a yacht broker is to be asked by nice, decent people if they should consider buying a new or used catamaran and placing her into a bareboat charter program. Invariably they always want to know, “What will the numbers look like at the end?” All these buyers ask you to send them detailed…

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