Ok so have been a lurker here for some time..
A bit about me before I get to my questions.
I am a marine engineer
and work on very large super yachts. I have been sailing since I was very short and could drive a 70ft sailboat before I had my car licence. I presently have a Jeanneau
44 (yes its a mono)
Years ago before I sold my soul and went to work on motor
yachts I was being paid to sail and race
. But this was almost 20 years ago. I have allot of beach cat experience (nationals in Hobie 16s, and 18s). But absolutely no sailing experience on bigger cruising cats.
I hate sailing slow.. Its something that just drives me bonkers.
I am ok with deck
work and changing sails
, Im not a lazy sailer. (also relatively young at 37)
So on to my questions.. I have been thinking of moving over to the Multi hull
side. Its a pretty daunting step.. lol
I want a Fast and comfortable boat. I dont see the point of getting a slow cat. As my schedule is changing Its time to change boats to go exploring.
Most of my exploring will be in the normal tropical bands but I also have a real desire to do Patagonia and further south. (My work is now 2 months on and 2 off) so some pretty serious cruising is going to happen.
So Question.. what boats should I look at??
Perquisites, in order of importance.
1) Over 200Nm a day passage
making (must be faster than a similar size mono)
3) Decent room for stores
4) Older boat as Im not loaded with cash
5) Strong for ocean passages and high latitudes
6) Comfort for the admiral ( depending who you ask number 1 and 6 are in the wrong place)
7) Good upwind performance. (daggerboards)
8) Not Fugly
9) 2 decent cabins and one not so good one.
I have been looking at catana
48s and outremer
Are there more boats that I should be looking at?