Originally Posted by k9medic
I'd love to buy a power cat but the prices are way out of my range. It looks like I could get into a nice sail cat for less than 200K.
On the sail side, could I see 8 kts under sail and do it single
handed? My wife's job is to sit on the boat and look pretty.
Speed depends on which boat. Some are easily capable of hitting 8kn or more under sail off the wind
. Others will struggle. On the other hand if you can hit 6.5kn under sail and want 8kn then you will use just a fraction of the power to increase speed a little bit.
Setting up a boat for single handed sailing is pretty much a given these days. Almost any non-racing cat is going to come set for single handed sailing. The biggest issue handeling a large cat in the docking
. But since you are already used to handeling a 45' powerboat it won't be a huge step to a large cat.
All in all I think this is a pretty reasonable option for you. You mig want to take some sailing classes
to learn how to handle the sailing gear
, but while it takes a lifetime to learn everything learning
enough to be safe will only take a few months.
The one issue i see is that cats are much more weight sensitive than monohulls. Depending on what type of gear
you are used to carrying this maybe an issue.