My wife, who doesn't yet share my enthusiasm for cruising, has reluctantly agreed to give me 3-4 months per year on the water. I want out of New England
in the winter. My hope was to give her a condo that we could relocate at whim as opposed to spending the winters at some over 55 community near Orlando.
She definitely prefers the open space of the cats and I'm happy with the range at fast cruise---should we need/want it. Her needs would be a large berth. She definitely gets claustrophobic with the berths crammed into narrow hulls---I think it goes back to the cave incident when we were younger :-)
Though I am not intending to use this as a passagemaker, my needs would be for redundancy, sound engineering practices and accessibility for service
Many of the cats we've seen really look set up for chartering or entertaining. Though she is more social than I, we are not really the party type. The boat would need to be comfortable as a home away from home for down days and bad weather
days. Being stable at anchor
I was becoming familiar with the manufacturers of well built trawlers prior to the decision to go with the cat but have no idea who the manufacturers of choice are for catamarans. Something in the 44-47' range looks like it should be more than adequate.
Horizon is introducing a new 52 cat but that is really larger than I would like and probably more expensive.
The Maine cat
47, I love the lines of it with flybridge but it lacks the space for day to day life. They said they could do a galley
down but it's still a small saloon
I think the Journey had the engines under the bunks---I don't know if I can get past that.
41 is OK if you can find one but also lacks a place for the Lazy Boy
44 has a great master suite and cockpit
but the galley
When I was advised that unless you build it, the boat would be a compromise, I underestimated that a bit.
Thanks again for helping point me in the right direction!