At the risk of kicking off this thread again.
As a keen diver photoghapher I need a shallow draft
vessel to cruise
the great diving
destinations of GBR, Coral sea
, PNG and the Pacific.
The room, the stable dive/living platform, the ease of direct access to the water
and speed of deployment of RIB
are some of the reasons (many others) I am looking at a catamaran
. Few if any cruising monos get to the best anchorages
and dive areas of the GBR and Coral Sea
. Most sailors only seem to cruise
the Great Barrier Reef
The only real negative of a cat from my perspective is the cost as most of the new designs of 45ft and above do overcome the load carrying issues of earlier vessels.
I read the article as you did and believe the couple with little knowledge of cats enjoyed their trip and found out that some cats had low bridge deck clearance an issue that can occur with certain individual designs.
If I were in the market for a mono one has to evaluate all the pros and cons of the various designs. A weekend coastal racer is not necessarily a good long distance cruiser such as that cat was even for its flaws.
I also got the impression on returning to their small mono the authors would not have attempt the same trip in their vessel, a trip they had the opportunity to enjoy. They were impressed by the cats beaching ability for maintenance by comparison with their vessel.
I for one found the article useful in researching a cruising vessel. In 2009/2010 there are plenty of cat designs available with adequate bridge deck clearance. Pretty much all new designs are OK there. When was the cat in the article designed? Probably in the 1990’s even if it was built later.
So much water has flowed under the bridgedeck since then. The authors not being in the market for a cat certainly had not researched cats before their trip.
They also implied in the article they simply had to be satisfied with what they had not necessarily what one might dream about. I found the article use in my search for a catamaran.