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Thread: Opinions and Experience with Dolphin 460?

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    Default Opinions and Experience with Dolphin 460?

    My reading and voluminous web research, along with boat show visits, all have lead us to putting a Dolphin 460 on our "short list" of desireable liveaboard cruising catamarans. Sailing performance earns some weighting in our personal decision matrix, and I like the prospect of shallow draft and daggerboards, but after spending some time on "Hands Across the Sea" in Annapolis, I have seen that these catamarans also offer great living space and seem to have good load-carrying capacity.

    I hope this thread will draw some comments, observations and opinions from other forum members, we will value them highly!

    For those not familiar, here are some links to information on these Brazilian-made cats:

    http://www.multihullcompany.com/Mult..._460/Catamaran

    http://www.dolphincatamarans.com/

    http://www.yachtworld.com/core/listi...rchResults.jsp

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hank&Karen View Post
    My reading and voluminous web research, along with boat show visits, all have lead us to putting a Dolphin 460 on our "short list" of desireable liveaboard cruising catamarans. Sailing performance earns some weighting in our personal decision matrix, and I like the prospect of shallow draft and daggerboards, but after spending some time on "Hands Across the Sea" in Annapolis, I have seen that these catamarans also offer great living space and seem to have good load-carrying capacity.

    I hope this thread will draw some comments, observations and opinions from other forum members, we will value them highly!

    For those not familiar, here are some links to information on these Brazilian-made cats:

    http://www.multihullcompany.com/Mult..._460/Catamaran

    http://www.dolphincatamarans.com/

    http://www.yachtworld.com/core/listi...rchResults.jsp

    Cheers
    Have you bought your boat, yet? I've lived 7 years in Brazilian state, Bahia which neighbours Aracaju where Dolphins are built. They look ok, but to a relative neophyte like me, it's splitting hairs with a large handful of others. Leopards, other SAfricans, Fountaine-Pajot, Lagoon- to me they're all, as they say in Aussie, "much of a muchness". Also, the price tag on a Dolphin does not seem attractive.

    The price I was quoted today for the marketing-driven Dolphin 46 "standard"- $825 (BR1.4M)- is fully 35% more than a French, Tournier-built Freydis 48' which I personally much prefer to the lot.

    Or am I off the track? Or is it that Americans (BTW, I am one...) normally prefer American or American-promoted (multihull company) boats over French ones? Can you straighten me out?

    Thanks!

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    Hi,

    My wife and I have also put the Dolphin 460 down on our very short list of cats we will be considering for our home away from home. Any feedback will be consumed instanly as there doesn't appear to be too much around on these superb looking cats.

    They have the basic configuation in the "must have" department of dagger-boards and kitchen up that we both agree are the only non-negotiables we are looking for.

    So the search continues.

    Cheers to all

    Murray & Karen

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    Default Re: Opinions and Experience with Dolphin 460?

    Hi,

    We are also considering a Dolphin 460. We did have a short sail on one in light air only and noticed a fair amount of slap (chatter) along the pronounced step on the inner side of the hulls. It may have been attributed to the sea conditions at the time (sloppy, sharp one foot chop) but would be interested to hear any opinion from someone with a broader experience.

    Also there are no escape (re-entry) hatches. Is this a concern? Could they be retro fitted perhaps?

    Other than these small concerns (not even concerns) we really loved every other aspect of the boat and were very impressed with her light airs ability.

    Cheers
    Lisa

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiwikat View Post
    Also there are no escape (re-entry) hatches. Is this a concern? Could they be retro fitted perhaps?
    Personally I wouldn't be too worried. From what I understand the main reason escape hatches are fitted is to satisfy the bureaucrats. It wouldn't put me off buying a cat, although it would depend on the regulations in the country I was planning to register her in. I see no reason why escape hatches could not be retro-fitted on a boat of that size if you really wanted them.

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    Default Re: Opinions and Experience with Dolphin 460?

    Most people who have these fitted, are more interested in sealing them up to stop the water coming in when the boat is the right side up.
    Insanity is continuing to do the same thing and expecting different results

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    Default Re: Opinions and Experience with Dolphin 460?

    Quote Originally Posted by Talbot View Post
    Most people who have these fitted, are more interested in sealing them up to stop the water coming in when the boat is the right side up.
    It is not just water coming in.

    They have to be openable from outside, (for safety!!! according to the official rules for such things) consequently they provide perfect, well concealed, access for thieves.

    Mike
    Nothing works on an old boat, except the skipper.

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    Default Re: Opinions and Experience with Dolphin 460?

    Quote Originally Posted by ColdFusion View Post
    it would depend on the regulations in the country I was planning to register her in.
    Thanks and yes, you have a very good point there, we would be registering it in New Zealand which has the Category 1 rule for all NZ registered yachts wishing to depart from NZ and you guessed it, all multihulls must have these hatches fitted. I guess a little more research would have to be done there to ensure a retro-fit is possible, otherwise our future cruising plans would be shot to pieces.

    Cheers

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