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Old 30-05-2012, 00:53   #1
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Catamaran vs Monohull Costs

What costs more to own? Maintain? Outfit with gear, essential or not so essential? Run? And BUY! someday when I plan to buy, I plan to have, roughly, $75,000-125,000$?
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Old 30-05-2012, 01:40   #2
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Re: catamaran vs monohull costs

That is a really loaded question. Kinda depends on the brand name, mfg., age... etc. etc. etc.
Remember that on a Cat you have twice the fuel filters, twice the oil changes, twice the outdrive repairs and twice the fuel unless you're smart and use just one alternating their running time.
With that bank roll, getting a decent Cat will be marginal but should net a really nice mono.
It's really all about what you feel is needed, wanted, and required when you get your floating repair station.
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Old 30-05-2012, 04:01   #3
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Re: catamaran vs monohull costs

The biggest mistake I see being made in a mono v cat comparison is that you can't compare a 40' mono with a 40' cat. Yes a 40' cat is far more expensive in many respects, but it is actually far more boat as well. I think a more valid comparison is to compare what $X will buy you in a cat and $X in a mono. You'll more likely be comparing a 40' cat with a 50' mono and the comparison would be valid.
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In That price range it may be a single eng cat. We compared our int space of a 30' cat to roughly that of a 39 mono. The mono will cost you more in paper towels to clean up your spilled drinks and in chiropractor visits from Being heeled over...
This offsets the extra cost of maintenance on the second eng... lol
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Old 30-05-2012, 05:27   #5
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Re: Catamaran vs Monohull Costs

Don't forget the additional cost of Cats, when docking.. Usually 30& extra due to beam.
Haul out costs and yard space is sometimes more too... Marinas can usually squeeze in another mono, but cats take up 2 berths usually. ...
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Don't forget the additional cost of Cats, when docking.. Usually 30& extra due to beam.
Haul out costs and yard space is sometimes more too... Marinas can usually squeeze in another mono, but cats take up 2 berths usually. ...
"Usually 30& extra --"
I don't understand what that means. What beam multihull do you sail on and what area do you cruise in?

In 15 years cruising a 45' cat (23' beam) and a 40' trimaran (26' beam) I have only once paid extra for dockage due to the beam and in that case I was indeed occupying two slips. I have never been charged extra on a haulout.
Cruising grounds have ranged from NE United States to US gulf coast and Bahamas.
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Re: Catamaran vs Monohull Costs

We compaired cat verses mono when buying our cat and found a 34 ft Gemini 105Mc had about the same storage and number of state rooms ( 2 std double beds and a queen beds in there own state rooms with doors) with same sized beds as a 55 to 60 ft monohull and we use std bed sheets, with less cost for moorage by 20 ft + ( there is no 55 to 60 ft moorage where we are moored available) and our cat could anchor in so many more anchorages than a mono because of the mono's fixed keel and rudders and the 55 ft monohulls can't go under std 65 ft clearence bridges like our cat with it's 47 ft off the water. Our moorage is $153.00 a month not counting elect find that for a 55 ft monohull.
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Why are cat owners so touchy?
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Why are cat owners so touchy?
As I see it, there are only 2 things that monos can really do better than cats. And one of the 2 things is "cost less". Really upsets them.
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Why are cat owners so touchy?
Were more sensitive to our wifes needs Our cat cost almost half that of the same year and interrior space ( beds ) as a compariable 55 ft monohull.
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As I see it, there are only 2 things that monos can really do better than cats. And one of the 2 things is "cost less". Really upsets them.
What's the other thing? Sink?
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"Usually 30& extra --"
I don't understand what that means. What beam multihull do you sail on and what area do you cruise in?

In 15 years cruising a 45' cat (23' beam) and a 40' trimaran (26' beam) I have only once paid extra for dockage due to the beam and in that case I was indeed occupying two slips. I have never been charged extra on a haulout.
Cruising grounds have ranged from NE United States to US gulf coast and Bahamas.
Same experience here after 11 years sailing a tri -- even when taking the double space between two finger docks we have been charged the same (but we had requested an "open-facing" spot on the outside).

However, the exceptions are for winter storage on the hard, and slips at the Brewers marina chain in NY/New England (they want 50% more even on the open face, same for superyachts). Needless to say we take our business elsewhere. I can understand charging more for the superyacht because they can use so much power, but I still think it's "gouging" for the use of public space beyond the facility.
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Re: Catamaran vs Monohull Costs

Cats always cost more than a mono.
Cat = mono+10 feet
Cat, 2 engines to Mono, 1 engine
Cat beam 20+feet to Mono beam 12+feet
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Cats always cost more than a mono.
Cat = mono+10 feet
Cat, 2 engines to Mono, 1 engine
Cat beam 20+feet to Mono beam 12+feet
I feel more comfortable saying ... Cat = mono 30% larger

Guys, the answer is .... it depends. Boats with 2 heads will have stopped up heads twice as often. Boats with two diesels will also have twice the maintenance.

No one considers buying a catamaran as a cost saving measure. You buy a cruising catamaran because you want comfort.... a racing catamaran because you want speed and a $3.5 million Gunboat because you want both.
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Boats with 2 heads will have stopped up heads twice as often. snip.
No - boats with 2 asses will have stopped up heads twice as often

I agree with the rest of your post.
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