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Old 24-03-2009, 16:55   #1
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'Beautiful Catamaran' - An Oxymoron?

I've been reared on classic yachts, such as those designed by Alfred Mylne, and every time someone decribes a catamaran as a 'beautiful cat' I stop in my tracks. Are they serious? I can think of many positive adjectives to describe catamarans, but beautiful, graceful and elegant are three that I would never use. Is it just me, or do others have this problem too?

Don't get me wrong, I think catamaran's in general are wonderful and some over 50ft look almost elegant, occasionally verging on the graceful and once in a while bordering on the beautiful, but for me they never quite make the grade. Which is a shame, because many people have said of my boat, "what a beautiful boat" and I've just thought "yeah, yeah, stop patronising me". This attitude detracts from my enjoyment.

Please convince me that 'beautiful catamaran' is not an oxymoron.

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Old 24-03-2009, 16:59   #2
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I used to feel the same way... but the more time I spend with her the more I see her beauty. And for that matter - who cares what others think? Cats are most pretty when sailing flat at over 8 knots
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Do you really expect everyone's opinion on what constitutes beauty to be the same?
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No offense, but you sound like a Ferrari dealer talking about a Porsche..

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Some catamarans are beautiful to me, some monoulls are ugly. Some trimarans are beautiful and some are not. There! That's probably the most profound thing I'll have said today.
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As they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I think it's a lot like "First Love". You generally remain attracted to that which you first cut your teeth on. If you mention "sailboat" to the average person, they will instantly think of a monohull. If you mention "catamaran" they'll generally think of two small hulls with a trampoline between them and someone hanging off the side of it. I find that the average person who is not into sailing had no clue what soever what a cruising catamaran is - and no picture pops into their head of what one might look light. I find this to be the case everytime I have to explain it to someone. When I fwd a picture to help them visualize - I usually get a response along the lines of "That looks so cool - I've never seen one of those before". So I think someone who is into sailing will have a natural tendency towards thinking of beauty in the terms of "classic" mono lines. But those who are outside of the sport - I find more often tha they gravitate towards the lines of the newer cruising cats when they see one. So if talking to a sailor, I think that most would say that a classic monohul is more beautiful. But if you were to just sit a picture of a Privilege 745 next to an Oyster 80 - (BOTH GORGEOUS yachts) I think most of those without any connection to sailing would pick the Privilege 745.


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Low freeboard on that monohull....or are they shuttling cattle to market?
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I've been reared on classic yachts, such as those designed by Alfred Mylne, and every time someone decribes a catamaran as a 'beautiful cat' I stop in my tracks. Are they serious? I can think of many positive adjectives to describe catamarans, but beautiful, graceful and elegant are three that I would never use. Is it just me, or do others have this problem too?

Don't get me wrong, I think catamaran's in general are wonderful and some over 50ft look almost elegant, occasionally verging on the graceful and once in a while bordering on the beautiful, but for me they never quite make the grade. Which is a shame, because many people have said of my boat, "what a beautiful boat" and I've just thought "yeah, yeah, stop patronising me". This attitude detracts from my enjoyment.

Please convince me that 'beautiful catamaran' is not an oxymoron.

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It's impossible to convince someone that they like something they don't.

But if your boat is too offensive for you, I'm willing to take it off your hands.
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Sexy? Perhaps. Stylish certainly. Beautiful, er no.

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For a thousand other reasons that have nothing to do with beauty.
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It's impossible to convince someone that they like something they don't.

But if your boat is too offensive for you, I'm willing to take it off your hands.
I like my cat, I love my cat, but like all others cats it just isn't beautiful to me.
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As they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I think it's a lot like "First Love". You generally remain attracted to that which you first cut your teeth on. ... I think that most would say that a classic monohul is more beautiful. But if you were to just sit a picture of a Privilege 745 next to an Oyster 80 - (BOTH GORGEOUS yachts) I think most of those without any connection to sailing would pick the Privilege 745.
Now we are getting somewhere. That Privilege 745 is certainly bordering on the beautiful.
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[quote=cat man do;267897]Sex on 2 hulls


Yeah, BAD sex. Like a bag over her head, and one over your head in case hers falls off kind of sex. "Fugly" comes to mind...

Saw a Catana 52 the other day...good looking for a cat.

Hope no one got their feelers hurt.
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