Wow.. it's nice to log on and see you have friends from all over the world. I hardly know what to say!
The comparison between the Gulfstar
Hirsh and the Catalac 10M is not an easy one to make. The boats are just so different. They serve very different purposes and of course, one is a mono and one is a multi. I have definitely converted 100% to the idea of cruising and living aboard
a multi. Why? Convenience.
I like being able to take on very long passages without the fatigue I used to have handling a large mono. No idea why, but I arrive less tired and able to go and go on this boat. Very easy to handle.
Also, I like the idea of spending less on a boat with a smaller LOA
, although I have yet to visit a marina or mooring with it.
, at over twice the weight of the Catalac, handled rough anchorages
better, but in *theory* we should be able to get into more shallow anchorages
with this boat. It hasn't worked that way in practice in the Northeast USA. Most anchorages are deep here already. Anchorages further "inland" are usually choked up with moorings.
The business is going well, so I'm glad I finally decided to just "go with the momentum" and do what comes naturally for work. I sure love boats and I had so many people asking about hiring me for things, I just went down that path.
This winter, we are looking into doing some pretty hardcore stuff - living at anchor
with wood and working. This new type of work slows down a lot in the winter (parts of it, anyway), so there will be time to update the website, write, etc.., We felt it would be interesting to challenge our "survival" and off-grid skills by living at anchor through a Maine
winter. We are working out the project
with a local Port Authority right now to get permission.
If it fails, we will look at a winter dock, but we do want to give the "hardcore" living aboard
in the winter in Maine a try...
That's about all I have for now. Photos of the "Little Cod in a catamaran" installation project
Again, thank for asking, guys... It's just indescribable to log onto this site and see that I have friends around the world. Thank you very much for your support and advice.