Hy Kym and husband.
it is difficult to talk about catamaran
brands without offending owners, so I will not name brands, except my Salina.
By necessity I will repeat what has been said to make a complete assessment of my view.
: some manufacturers put the engines aft of the rudders to gain space inside and you end up with props close to the sterns. This gives you two major disadvantages:
- The flow of water does not hit the rudder and doesn't shift the sterns.
- In steep seas they may (will??) cavitate.
That is when you need engines the most; which reinforces the statement already made, get bigger engines.
: check whether you can reach the whole of the boom from standing on the roof. What is the mail doesn't all fall properly in the lazy bag? How do you climb on the mast
and into the boom in a heavy sea?
Two days ago we (wife and I) left an anchorage with one reef in as the forecast
was for up to 20Kn. We were about 4NM from shore when within 3 minutes it went from 18kn to 29+ (we are in the Greece).
Short handed, you cannot take reefs
with the genoa
open and there is no way you can furl the genoa by hand in 30kn.
By the time I got the genoa in, something went wrong with the lower batten in the main, I tried to take the second or third reef, but could not pull the strap home so I lowered the main and motored into a bay to fix things up.
Out there with waves mounting on the bows and the wind
taking the foam of the top of the waves, my wife was VERY scared.
Later we sailed with three reefs
and half a genoa at 9kn into a safe anchorage for the night.
I also took off the main to take it to be cleaned and stored last winter: two strong guys had a real
hard time, you would definitely need to pay professionals to do it for you.
: here again bigger is good, biggest is better. I witnessed people dragging with anchors of the recommended size for their boat. I went two sizes up and I also have dragged: sometimes it looks like sand, but there is flat rock underneath and you slide until you hook on something.
came from the factory with a snap shackle that got bent in a moderate blow, so I replaced it with the biggest that would fit in my 12mm chain, that snapped in 40kn, fortunately early morning and when I had two extra crew on board. Not a pretty experience when you are in a bay surrounded by other yachts on anchor
and things go wrong.
Of course bigger is better, but I think my Salina is already a bit of an handful for me, and I have had boats all my life.
Consider that the wind
force increase with the square of the speed and (I think at least) with the square of the surface.... is bigger better?
this Salina, for 6y I had a 12m cat that used to pitch
like a rocking chair; beautiful looking boat, but totally unsafe to sail around the world.
I studied Naval Architecture for three years (a long time ago) and researched cats for 3y before buying
In my opinion this is the best Cruising
cat. I emphasize those two worlds because they are critical to my statement, you can get a faster cat, but it will not be a 'Cruising' cat, you can get one with more internal volume, but will sail like a dog.
You might be able to design and build a better 'Cruising' cat, but it will not be a 'production' boat, it will have no mother or father or sisters and nobody will buy it from you for what it is worth.
To sum it up: comfort is important, speed is important, but Safety
If you really want the Sanya, on top of the additional electronics
, genset, watermaker
, aircon that you need to buy, allow another 50 to 80k to make her safe. Ask yourselves questions like: "how do I handle the boat with the emergency rudder
tiller arm?" "How long can I do it for?"
We have given up life ashore and enjoy our new liveaboard
lifestyle very much, but it is not always as rosy as it seems....
Go for it, buy a cat and you too will love this life, but bigger is not always better. As it has been said, you can upgrade later.