Since we are starting over with our Coastal Journeys blog I thought it would be a perfect time to provide a more detailed look at Gypsies Palace and why we selected her. The majority of our 1st blog was on a Leopard 47 Power Catamaran with a 25 foot beam. Gypsies Palace now is an Endeavour 48 Power Catamaran with an 18 foot beam. As you can tell, we love Power Cats!
We often get the question when people look at Gypsies Palace – “Isn’t she top heavy?” I admit the boat does look that way, but she is not. The boat is 52,000 lbs. and extremely stable in the water and wind. This Endeavour appears to be tall, but she is only 19 feet to the top of our running light so we fit under many bridges.
Gypsies Palace is an American made boat manufactured by Endeavour Corp., who has been making sailboats and catamarans for over 30 years in Clearwater, FL. This is not a mass produced boat. Only 11 Endeavour 48’s have been built with the last boat being splashed in 2019. Endeavour also makes a 40 foot model that is very similar to the layout on our boat. However, their most popular model is their Endeavour 44 Power Catamaran, which is also a great Looping boat.
We truly did love our Leopard 47 Power Cat, but after two years cruising on it we decided that it just did not provide enough living space in bad weather. The exterior cockpit was gorgeous, but frankly, we experienced more cold weather, rain, wind and bugs that made sitting outside unpleasant. The interior salon was just too small for our needs.
Why Did We Select the Endeavour 50?
- Space – Gypsies Palace has nearly 850 square feet of living space. There is plenty of room to entertain guests with a salon downstairs and a large Sky Lounge upstairs. The feeling of openness with windows 360 degrees that can be opened up for cross ventilation. That is a rarity in trawlers. People find that a catamaran feels more open which is important when cruising long term. Steve is 6’2’’ and is able to stand easily throughout the boat.
- Galley – It is a pleasure to cook on Gypsies Palace with an island bar much like you would have in a condo. There is a dishwasher, propane stove, convection microwave, ice maker, 2 refrigerators, freezer and wine cooler. There are deep pull out drawers and plenty of cabinets for storage. Additionally, there is shelving behind one of the couches to store extra supplies. Creating a dinner on board is just like cooking at home!
- Master Bedroom – Again, plenty of space including a complete walk around bed that can be either king size or queen.
- Master Head and Shower – It is mostly the shower we love. It is down in one of the hulls and provides so much room! There is plenty of room for toiletries, too.
- Comfort While Underway – We can easily carry on a normal conversation. The helm / Sky Lounge has 360 degree visibility with windows (with screens) that we can open. This is particularly nice when traveling the area with the biting files. We are protected! The staircase is inside so no one has to go outside in bad weather while underway. The enclosed helm is also really nice on cold and rainy mornings. We are dry and comfortable.
- Stability and Maneuverability – A catamaran provides greater stability and it is easy to control. Our 18 foot beam allows us to fit in many marina slips.
- Hull Design – Our props are protected in a tunnel drive. Our hulls are actually flat and we could beach the boat and float off at high tide if we wanted to. Our draft is 3.5 feet and even if we “touch” we can back off easily and continue on without any damage. It is also harder for us to grab a crab pot!
- Economical – We typically travel at 10 mph and we burn 10 gallons per hour of diesel fuel. We can also carry 1,000 gallons of fuel. We have 2 Cummins QSB 6.7 engines at 425 horsepower each. We can pump the speed up to 18 mph, but the fuel burn is considerably more. It is go to know that we can do this faster speed if we need to outrun a storm.
- Exterior Design – While we do not have a large outside seating cockpit area we do have 2 outside patios The bow of the boat has an upper patio plus some cushioned seating below. We also have a sliding door to an upstairs back patio with chairs if we want to face that direction. The sides of the boat allow easy access to cleats and fenders. The boat is smartly designed with 2 stepping areas on the stern which allow for low or high tides. Additionally, we have a mid ship ladder for exiting on high fixed docks.
- Quality of Workmanship – Both the interior and exterior of the Endeavour is well thought out with beautiful woodwork and craftmanship.
So, how long are we going to do this?