My husband and I are currently looking into purchasing
the FP Sanya 57. We have taken up an obsessive love for sailing this past year. We have taken and passed all the ASA
courses and are working on getting much more experience under our belts before we would ever set sail on our own. We will hire an experienced captain
until we feel more confident at the helm
Having said this, we are well aware that the Sanya 57 is a large cat and that we need more experience-so don't fault us too early when we are well aware that a crew would be most beneficial until we can handle her on our own. We are also aware of some of the minor tweaks that need to be in place before we take off on her (e.g. cleats/handles at outside of platforms to control dinghy
and to include all necessary blue water
add ons, etc..). Enough said.
We were originally set on purchasing
50 until we chartered one in the Caribbean
a few weeks ago. Although she sailed like a dream, the living quarters (especially the berths) were quite cramped for long term living and sailing abroad. Please note that we have a three-year-old daughter who is handicapped and the Catana
seemed too small for me in getting her around, up and down, etc... I realized I needed a little more floor space for her to roll around on and the salon
seemed do-able but not ideal for her.
Other boats that we have considered and looked extensively at are the Lagoon
50 & 56, Leopard 46
(we know the 48 is around the corner), the Salina 48, the Voyager 48?, the Privilige 51 & 58, Yapluka 60 (only online photos), the Knysna 48 and a St. Francis 50. We have spent hours on the web researching each of their pros and cons, talking to brokers and have educated ourselves on each of them (as much as we could, considering we haven't sailed any at this point other than the Catana). In fact, I think I have read every single
post/entry on the Cruisers Forum re: multi-hulls.
From what we have seen, all are great boats for their own reasons but we just keep going back to the Sanya 57. (We had the opportunity to get on board a Sanya while we were in Tortola and have a tour of her. It was the first time we were introduced to such a spacious cat... and her being a beautiful one was a huge plus for me.)
So... our plan is to hang around the Caribbean
for about a year and then take off for French Polynesia
. Stay out for another year and a half (or more) and then bring her back to the Caribbean for our large extended families to enjoy as well.
So, here is my concern, because the Sanya is so new, should we have reservations about purchasing such a large cat? There are hardly any reviews
out there on her other than from a few magazines. Will she sail well in long passages? Should we even go so big? Will we have large mooring/docking costs because of her size? We know the upkeep is about 10% of the cost of the boat each year and we are prepared for that, but still, are we off our rockers?
Does anyone have any other suggestions or personal preferences as to what and why we should go with a smaller sized cat? Should we charter
another cat just to see if we have a better experience than we did with the Catana?
All knowledge from experienced cat owners is definitely welcomed. In fact, it would be invaluable for us first-time cat owners.
Thank you in advance for any and all who respond. Please be kind as I have a thin skin and am only politely asking for any suggestions that you might have.