Hello 2008, and Gizmo the Large
Big Gizmo? Gizmo the Large? Maybe just plain Gizmo, and add a “Li’l”—you know, in small letters on a diagonal—to the original (especially easy as I haven’t yet repainted the li’l darlin’ since the thief bastards scrapped the decals off). So, yeah, I’m sitting here fussing about boat names when, in fact, I may have completely lost my mind. That strange, yet oh-so-slippery hull above is a prototype for the Maine Cat P45 about to go into production down the road in Bremen, and P45 #4 now has my name, and deposit check, on it. (Hence my encouragement toward any boat nut who treats himself well.)
But, oh lord, what have I done!?! Well, actually I nabbed the last of the “preproduction” versions of what I think may be the prettiest, most fuel-efficient “trawler cat” available, and thus got not only a discount but also the right to kibitz on final design details and/or to get my money back if my feet get too cold before “my” hull is started next September. Honestly, that could happen, but, my, wouldn’t this make one hell of a Panbo mobile electronics laboratory, not to mention a nice ride for surfing the seasons up and down the East Coast? If nothing else, just researching possible systems I don’t yet know much about—like remote helm controls, solar cells, and distributed power—will put a little spark in my work life. And, heck, I’m already well along with a “Top Ten reasons I must have a P45” list. But I’m all ears, and cold feet, too; so, please, if you’re interested in cruisers like this, check out the P45 here, and share your thoughts.