Seemed like some good points in that discussion, but a lot of light stuff not worthy of paying attention to.
After going offshore
on a few deliveries in monohulls from 30 to 41 feet, I bought a 35' FP Tobago
, and have done some serious miles on it (although we have been able to avoid truly serious weather) from the Caribbean
and back. I love it. For the Caribbean
, I believe it is the right boat for me. Going downwind in a seaway, it doesn't wallow like the monos I have been on; going up and down the islands, it goes faster and with less motion than the monos I have been on; going upwind in a serious sea, it has a different motion, but not really better or worse than the other boats. Cats can slam going upwind in a sharp sea, and some slam worse than others; but I have been in a monohull
(C&C 41) that slammed worse than mine.
A monohull will outpoint me, but I can bear off, have more comfort, go faster, and arrive at the upwind port at about the same time as him/her. The living areas are more airy, light, and with much better visibility. Cocktail hour, our cockpit
is more popular than theirs.
When I go for a meal on friend's monos, even the 50-60 foot ones, the motion on their boats is so different that I feel disoriented; especially in the "bowels" of their boats. I am sure the motion on ours feels different to them, and they may not like it.
You will find people raving hard, for and against the catamarans and monomarans, and hopefully, this thread will not go too far in this manner. I guess the advice offered: charter
or find some way to try before you buy; is good. The concept
of chartering exactly where and how you want to use the future purchase
is also smart. I was not able to do that because of economics; and indeed, bought my boat sight unseen but with a thorough survey
. I feel I got quite lucky.
Good for you to consider change. If we always do what we always do, we always get what we always get.