Originally Posted by FLLCatsailor
I love it... Wasn't the pacific settled by folks in very rudimentary catamarans... 35ft breaking waves... Come on...
That reference to the Polynesians comes up quite a bit
- what doesn't get mentioned is the likelihood that many voyages would have been unsuccessful (bad weather
and getting lost!) and that at least some of those re-settlement expeditions would have been accidental (lets go fishing
) or forced (go over the horizon or go in the pot
Of course given that they left no written record
of all the voyages, only a record
of successful voyages via descendants we will never know the percentages. Me tends to go on the likelihood that that the laws of physics and of the sea haven't changed in a while
........and those be the reasons why most folks nowadays don't choose to cross the pacific in open catamarans - at least not for fun.
Whether 50 odd foot of cat would be ok is one for OP to decide, likely would be as 50 foot of anything can get through most things (as long as Skipper
not an idjut!) - but perhaps may want to consider the weight of his crew (8?), not so much from body weight (some are kids) but from the food
and stores needed to support that number for an extended period. Overall Monos carry weight better. Of course how often, where and for how long a full crew is onboard woud come into the decision.
I stand by my earlier comment, 50 foot of pretty much anything would be ok for the purposes described
- really comes down to personal taste, in design / styling and interior
Just to say, that as a rough guide for living space 40 foot of cat equates to approx 60 foot of mono (not quite double, despite having two hulls!). 40 foot of cat vs 40 of mono then the cat wins hands down on space......40 vs 60 and the cat likely wins on price
(or close to), whether also on space will depend on design and what sort of space is valued more......boats!, so many decisions