Hi there. I previously started a thread w.r.t. the ideal cat for $200 000, which is my budget
. I need a cat for a 3+ year tradewind circumnavigation
with wife and kiddies. I live in South Africa
, but I've decided to fly to FL and/or BVI, buy a cat there and therefore start my cruising in the Caribbean
. Although my wife and I ran a 120ft traditional motor
as a charterboat, I actually have very little "pure sailing" experience.
Which brings me to the FP Venezia 42: Although I have never been on one, this is what I have gathered: It is a true 42 footer, quite spacious, has a galley
up (which we need for keeping an eye on toddlers) and has good bridge deck
clearance. It seems to be heavier and has a smaller sail area than other cats in its class which (contrary to what you may think), I quite like: It means the boat will be harder to overpower with too much sail - therefore a safer option for an inexperienced sailor like myself? Live-aboard comfort is my priority...
Please give me any feedback on the Venezia...or alternative options in that price
and size range. Thanks