Interesting read... I have just finished fitting out a 11.7 Mark Pescot Whitehaven catamaran
. In reality we're 11.85m, and around 4 tonne, second hand sails
(from the sister ship), dagger boards
20 outboards and fixed rudders. I live on board and sail a lot.
I built the interior
in foam so it's very light, we carry 140l of fuel
and 500l of water
without any problem and are really only just on our lines due to bringing all the live aboard stuff on (like my office)
I love the sailing and the dagger boards
make a huge difference, we're sailing 32 apparent when hard on the wind and doing up to 10-11 knots in 15-20 of wind. She's particularly good beating into a decent sea in about 20-25 knots of breeze. There aren't a lot of monos who sail higher than us. I've taken her out in 6m seas and 35-40 knot
winds and she beat into that at 8-9 knots with 3 reefs
and semi rolled up genoa
. Had the boards all the way down going out--these ones are not going to break but they do have sacrificial ends on them. Coming back surfing down the seas, we needed to pull the boards half way up as at over 20 knots they were taking over, half way up we steered like we were on rails. Going downwind, raising the boards gives us about a knot
While the comparisons with other boats is unfair as we are so light, we constantly pass Seawind
11.60s and caught up and passed a new Outremer
45 sailing down the coast (neither of us had spinnakers). The sister ship is faster than us but she has brand new very roachy sails
(of which I am insanely jealous).
She's built of western red cedar and foam epoxy
I beach her regularly particularly to do oil
changes and she needs about knee deep water to float in.
I pay is that we don't have as much room as other 40 footers, particularly storage
. But for 2-3 of us long term cruising
, we'll be fine. The cases inside are not really a problem, I've built storage
behind (building them was not fun) but I guess we are used to them as we don't notice the loss of space. We do have full headroom
, 2 queens, a double and two singles.
So I don't have any answers, there are always trade
offs in a boat, I'm extremely happy with the choices I made; we sail fast and well, have all the space I need and I have to say I love the simplicity and reliability
of the outboards--though I do miss the hot water aspect...The push us into 35 knot winds still at 6 knots, no folding props, no anodes and no drag--but they do use more fuel--oh and they were 3 times cheaper.