Hi again, and thanks for some thoughtful input. Perhaps I should have labeled the thread, "Transition" or "Move" instead of Upgrade.
Friend #1 moved because of quality, nothing more nothing less. If you buy a new Oyster
you buy into a whole new experience.
Friend #2 has sailed a lot. At least 20 Atlantic crossings, north and south. Also direct nonstop Rio to Palma single
handed. His decision was more complicated. He has to sell one of the boats, as he owns the marina that his boat/s are moored in. I think he made a financial decision, freeing up two slips that he can now rent. Talking to him, however, he said something interesting when I asked about the sailing characteristics, he said he was more relaxed on the HR53, than the Catana
. He also said that single
handing the cat was a handfull.
Personally, if I won the lottery, I would buy his Catana, as I know it intimately, and my hands have been everywhere in it. Having said that, I would probably get cold feet at the last moment. I really do have a warm fuzzy feeling in Gilana. I would love the idea of having 20 friends in the cockpit
which would be possible in the cat, but hell, I don't even have 20 friends.
All boats are a compromise. They all work in one sense or another. Shallow draft
vs deep, glass vs steel
, mono vs cat....the song remains the same.
I have answered my own question, but I wanted to know if my two buddies are the only ones who have made the transition, and why.....
PS I would not buy any other cat than a Catana, sorry if that offends some people.
PPS I will not post the details of the Catana for sale
, its contrary to forum rules. If you really really want to know, you can find me.