Originally Posted by Goislands
Beginning the process of learning to sail with eventual goal of boat ownership
and eventual cruising the Caribbean
Based on research so far, leaning toward Cat over the monohull.
Have had only minimal sailing experience but plan to gain a lot of experience over the next few years, local lake, close to San Diego
, and Fasttrack to Cruising sometime later this year.
If I move forward with plans for a Cat - do we all learn to sail on monohull? ie. ASA
101 basic keelboat, then continue learning on monohull before the jump to a cat? are most sailing schools teaching on mono's?
Any advice and resources would be great help in the early research stages.
I've been an ASA instructor since 1994 and run a couple of my own schools. I've taught the full range of ASA classes
, including ASA 114 (Cruising Catamaran) many, many times. Currently taking a break from the sailing biz.
Yes, The ideal boat to learn on is a small monohull. Think of it like a small responsive car -- you get a better feel for what the boat is doing so more feedback on your actions at the helm
. A larger cruising boat, be it cat or mono, is less responsive so not ideal for initially learning to sail. Smaller cats, like the Hobie 16, tend to be a little quirky to sail so are not the ideal boat to learn on initially (although thousands have -- including me). ASA 101 is required to be taught on a small monohull. The prerequisite classes
(101, 103, 104) for ASA 114 (Cruising Catamaran) are all monohull oriented classes. The focus of ASA 114 is on the key differences between mid-sized (approx 35-50') cats and monos.
The more boats you can sail, regardless of number of hulls, before deciding to buy your own the better because it gives you broader experience on which to base your own decisions.
Loads of ASA schools in CA so you should not have a problem finding a school