we are going thru some of this right.now and have struggled.with these same decisions. We have a smaller 32x16.5 cat, twin diesels fully loaded for cruising etc we love, but have ultimately decided for a larger boat in case ( we probably will have more family
members w us and we plan on expanding our range.
What we love about the smaller boat
Its manageable, easy to singlehand and dock
solo if need be, light enough.that it wont hurt you too bad if you have to push it around a dock
. And haul outs
Easier to find slips at good rates! Fuel
economy each diesel
burns 1/3 gal hour at cruise
. So on one engine
at 5 knots she getz 15 mpg roughly w no sail up and carries 52 gal + some jugs. So pretty killer range.
Has 3 staterooms and the salon
is 15' wide as it is on the Leopard
38 we are buying
. So for a 32 it feels as open inside as a much larger cat and still sleeps same number of people. Being smaller she handles large seas better than short vicious choppy seas. You feel more in tune with a smaller boat. Something about large cats just have that giant platform feeling and you lose.something there I think.
Larger Cat, we love the leopard
38 its very solid, still has shaft drives, still in business so good support. Nice helm
position and good visibility forward. Large transom steps, easy deck
walkways and forward access. Huge galley
. What I don't like is each 42hp diesel
burns 1.8gph fuel
economy is crap. Has only slightly larger fuel tank
than our 32'. And sails
slower. I have been told.
There have been times we had to motor
for 3 days due to weather
etc. Heck we hsd to motor
7 days once no wind
and were on a schedule. We stopped once for fuel on the small cat. The larger one will require an fuel boat to follow us lol.
I cant compare.heavy weather
differences as we havent sailed the leopard yet but I can say I have never felt unsafe in the smaller.cat in bad weather. Most will take more punishment than we can.
We are putting off our cruising another 5+ years now at this point to buy the larger cat
Ask me how I feel about this in another year or two......