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Old 30-05-2008, 16:01   #1
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Catalina Morgan 50 vs Beneteau Idylle 15.5

Looking at both these boats as a current liveaboard with long-term plans to cruise Mexico and South Pacific.

I'm looking for any informed opinions on the pros and cons of each boat and which is the better boat (assuming price / condition / equipment are comparable).
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Old 03-06-2008, 19:29   #2
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I looked at both those boats when I was in the search last year. I liked both very much, but probably favored the Idylle 15.5, which I think is a very seaworthy, stout boat. In the end, I chose an older 46 ft cutter with much heavier construction, more unique character and much more liveaboard storage. It was the storage that swung the deal. Also, I just got nervous about the 50+ length.

I think if I had to choose between the two you mention, I would choose the Idlylle - just my opinion.
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We had friends with a CM 50, that went cruising. Owner's version with the palace forward. They swapped it for an Amel very shortly after leaving...
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We had friends with a CM 50, that went cruising. Owner's version with the palace forward. They swapped it for an Amel very shortly after leaving...
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Do you know what your friends problems with the boat were?
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Does anyone know what the disadvantages of a Morgan Catalina 50 are? There is one available for $120k which seems like a decent value.
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Looked at a 15.5 once, nice boat. Either of these are quite big - how many living aboard?

Have you figured out the cost to maintain a 50 foot boat? That is what turned us towards smaller boats, same someday goal, but not living onboard now.

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We will have 6 living aboard.
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Gaggle

Wow, that is a gaggle. The beneteau with the three cabins would work well, I would think. You would even have the foc'sle for any rebellious teen that needed his/her own space.

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