Really appreciate your response, thank you. The biggest disadvantage to me would be my wife and children
not having a good time. We have enjoyed boating
for years. My in-laws have always had a boat...it has always been a motorboat, but we have enjoyed it none the less. We have always done day trips and have only stayed out overnight a handfull of times. Normally what we do is motor
to an area, anchor
and then spend the day swimming and lounging around, then in most cases head
back. Initially, at least until my wife gets closer to retirement
, I believe that we will most likely use the boat to go to different areas and "camp out", enjoy the area for about a week and then sail back. Once she retires, I see us moving into the 3 month "vacations" on the boat and longer.
Quite frankly, we have only been looking at monohulls...IP, C&C
, and Hans Christian. IP and HC being my visually pleasing ones and layouts that I believe I like. We have not really looked at any Multihulls because I was under the impression that they were simply not made for passagemaking. Reading this thread, I believe my niavity has biased my research
. I haven't really heard of any Cats crossing oceans until recently, The Dos Gatos. This probably displays just how "wet behind the ears" I am, but it is the truth. I hesitate to begin looking at Cats with my wife until I know a little more about their seaworthiness. Once she sees the layout and room on them I can rapidly see my 43T Hans Christian or IP 460 leaving the slip without me.
Any wisdom would be greatly appreciated. I believe I will start looking at the multihull
section and get some of the opinions and wisdom in that thread as well. Thanks again.