Catamarans also provide much more space than a mono of the same length. A 40' cat is generally compared to a 50' mono.
is very subjective, and most of the recommendations here are for the very high end boats. Which tend towards the expedition high latitude cruisers. Great boats, but frankly overkill if you are doing the Med or the Caribbean
. In these moderate weather
, short hop locations it is perfectly reasonable to go to a lower quality boat with better accommodations. We had an Irwin
in the Caribbean
for 10 years and never had a problem with the boat, but then we only had green water break over the bow a handful of times.
The boats mentioned here could certainly do that, but were really built for the deep ocean crossings. Days from land, where storms and big waves are expected. Their capability are wasted just island hopping from one idyllic island to another. Much like the old lady who just drives to church and back always 5mph under the speed limit is a bit of a waste for a Enzo Ferrari. Certainly it gets the job done, and in style, but that's a lot of car to tootle around in.