Hi everyone - my first post here!
We're thinking about bareboating with a Lagoon 380
in the BVI.
Years ago we did this with a 37 monohull
and had a great time.
The extent of my cat experience is with some Hobie Cats around 20', so I understand the basics of how cats perform and tack, but these seem like mere toys in comparison.
We have decades of experience with various monohull
sail and power boats (all single
After watching some Youtube video's of larger cats docking
, I am impressed with how maneuverable they can be. But will a few hours with a check out captain
be adequate to prep us for docking
at say Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor?
The videos make it look easy to spin the boat around etc, but my experience tells me a little gust or current
can make docking go sour real quick, and a little training is no substitute for Experience. I want to make sure we're not taking on more than we should.
So - can people with monohull and small cat experience take on the larger cats for bareboating after only a few hours with a check out captain
I would rather not get down there, and at the last minute have them tell me we need to take a captain for the whole trip, or end up in over our heads.
On the plus side - I've been to the BVI a bunch of times, and am familiar with the waters down there. It's mostly the thought of docking this big, expensive cat that is causing me some trepidation... On the other hand - you gotta start somewhere...