Hello everyone. First of all, please forgive my English
. I'm Spanish and when I was young I studied French...
As one friend of mine says, I'm currently in the "dreaming" phase, regarding my project
to change my life and travel around the world in a good cruising cat. My friend finally did it! Even if he finally bought a little 26' monohull
Currently I'm looking for all information I can find about bluewater cruising cats. Another criterion for me is durability and maintenance
I follow this forum and read several blogs, designer
webs, etc. and it's usual to read about the lack of true cruising capabilities of most bought cat brands.
I'm more inspired by designer
cats. I'm considering to buy and build a kit, as it's more affordable (less than 200K$ for a well equipped cat), and it also allows to know what we have, and then make more repairs
I read about Schionning cats, that seem to perform very well, but I'm a little afraid about balsa cored hulls, as I guess that any leak can lead to important damages.
I'm also very very interested by ABMarine kits (http://www.abmarine.fr
, someone knows them?). They seem very affordable, beautiful, and promise good performance. They also promise a building time of about 1 year!! They are also nearest from me (Spain) than Australia
, and I understand French better than English
But as long as I could see, their hulls are partly built using fiberglassed plywood
. I read a lot of critics about plywood maintenance
, durability and resale.
Do I have to turn myself to designer preowned fiberglass
foam cored cats?
I really appreciate any expert opinion about those subjects.
Thank you very much!