Originally Posted by SunDevil
I don't have one yet, but I'm interested in knowing why it couldn't be done very cheaply? To me it seems very possible, and very easy if you can figure out security
(both crime and weather) and find quiet anchorages
Is it the upfront cost or the type of people who are on catamarans vs sailboats? I live my life now buying
the minimal amount of stuff, yet I purchase
high quality things when I do. And I hate monthly and ongoing fees... Like I would rather spend $6,000 for a solar
panel system than $40/month to the power company.
costs higher? I also worry about how much in marina fees I would incur traveling back and forth from Michigan to Florida
and then entry fees in the North Caribbean
If you are worried about marina fees, your budget
is much higher than $500 / month. If you are seasonally traveling between the Great Lakes
and Florida, you will be transiting one of the canal systems, further raising costs.
The hidden truth about cats is:
a. they are two boats in one.
b. they don't have the carrying capacity of a similar sized mono-hull
c. In squally weather
, they can be, and have been overwhelmed and turned upside down, where they stay.
d. They have difficult jerky motion at sea
e. They aren't as fast as reputed, and certainly not as fast on passage
as a ULDB mono hull
f. Marina fees are between 150% and double those for a similar sized monohull
g. Haulage requires special faciities for those larger than 36 ft loa
, due to the beam, and costs more.
We have been over the multi-hull road several times. I recommend you go to pp 28-37 and read from there.
If you want something small, light and fast, get a sharpie, or build one.
My neighbors, here in Cocoa village have mono-hulls in the 32 ft range, and are paying $2k for them. Agreed, these are 30 year old boats, but these folks are on the water
Now to outfitting:
Don't be like the transient I met last week. Had to leave the Rio Dulce to refit
the boat back in Green Cove Springs. Had to work for a year to pay for the refit
and refill the kitty. Why?
a. His water
heater press relief valve packed in, he doesn't speak spanish and didn't know that one off a domestic water heater works just fine at a third of the cost.
b. His pressure water system packed in, and he needed to refurbish it. He doesn't know that hand pumps can be simply refurbished aboard.
c. His watermaker
packed in. He doesn't drink rain water, and didn't trust the locals to make him an awning with drains to fill his tanks
, in an area with torrential rainfall.
d. his engine
needed work. He chose a model for which parts
are hard to get. Definitely not a Perkins
e. his sails
need work, dunno why, he never used them in the river, but he didn't trust the locals to repair them.
f. he needed a bottom job. He didn't trust the local paints, and couldn't find enough friends to use the hand cranked railway just north of the river in Belize
On and on....
You too can splurge your life away.... or... learn to economize!