My wife and I are currently in the market for a used 40ft catamaran
, preferable an owners version since it will be used for just the two of us with occasional guests. We have been sailing for many years and power boating
before that. We have chartered 46 Prout, 44 Lagoon
, 38 Sunsail, 35 Gemini
and several monohulls before that.
I also consider myself handy enough, having owned, maintained and repaired the 42ft 30+ year old Detroit diesel
powered sport fish
we had some years ago. So cosmetic and even basic mechanical and fiberglass/hull work is not a worry for me.
For this reason, we are open to taking on a used ex charter
boat eventhough the forum is full of doomsday scenarios.
We are considering 2 models at this point, a 8-12 year old privilege
395 and a 5 to 7 year old lagoon 400
, both owners versions.
we will be sailing her in south florida
, keys and throughout the Bahamas
. the boat must be sturdy enough to cross the gulf stream
(I have done that in 12+ft seas and its no fun, but it can happen and you have to be prepared for the unplanned) and roomy enough to live on comfortably for 3-4 weeks.
would love to get some opinions on these two boats compared to each other as far as build quality and sailing capabilities...how stable are they, bridge deck
slapping on the nascele berth in the P395, expected and known problems these particular models have, etc.
I have been reading comments on cruisers multihull
forum for years and find them very useful in many subjects, so I am looking forward to the community's response on this.