Cruisers Forum

Join CruisersForum Today

Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 02-09-2016, 14:21   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: tucson az
Posts: 3
CAT compaired to MONO expence

I was wondering the cost comparison in regard's to on the Hard, marina, Slips cost, mooring, ECT. I obviously understand it has two motors and the like. My wife feels like life on a boat would be fare more enjoyable on a Cat. Happy Wife happy Life is a saying of late I am investing in. Anyway, love this Forum by the way, Thanks' in advance. George

NOBOATGEORGE is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2016, 15:27   #2
Writing Full-Time Since 2014
thinwater's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Deale, MD
Boat: PDQ Altair, 32/34
Posts: 4,096
Re: CAT compaired to MONO expence

(34 x 16 catamaran, 3.5 draft)

My experience on the Chesapeake has been that there is no difference, or that it is cheaper, because I can take slips that are too shallow for others.

Once the beam get even a little greater, your going to see some increases and travel lifts become a little more spotty.

Gear Testing--Engineering--Sailing
"Keeping a Cruising Boat for Peanuts"
"Faster Cruising for the Coastal Sailor"
thinwater is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2016, 15:35   #3
Marine Service Provider

Join Date: May 2012
Location: New Orleans
Boat: We have a problem... A serious addiction issue.
Posts: 3,882
Re: CAT compaired to MONO expence

There really isn't a single way to compare this.

First define the comparable boat. Are we comparing interior living space or LOA? A cat will have for more interior room for the same length.

Second, what marina? Some don't charge extra for extra beam, particularly moorings. But a med moor marina will charge based on width not length. So it just depends. And again are we comparing two 40' slips (but one a double wide) or a 40' and a 60' slip?

Bottom jobs and the like are typically quoted by square footage, so a cat of the same length will be about 50% more. Some places charge by the foot so cats are less, others double the length for cats and will charge more.

Hard spots on jack stands are often charged by the square footage you take up... So very boat dependent.

Purchase price... The same as above. Typically a cat are more expensive by either comparison (length or volume) but this isn't often a massive difference.

In other words you need to provide more information. There is no one correct answer, and a lot of it depends on how you define 'similar mono and cat'.

Personally I prefer tri's. But then I am a little nuts.

- If animals weren't meant to be eaten then they wouldn't be made of food.
Stumble is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2016, 15:41   #4
Registered User

Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Satellite Beach, Fl
Boat: Maxim, Voyage 380
Posts: 42
Re: CAT compaired to MONO expence

She'll be Happier but you will be paying for it.

Slip's will cost more and you'll have two engines (I hope).

Harder to find a hull out at times.

Other than that not to much difference.

But it's worth it
Adrenaline is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2016, 15:44   #5
Registered User
snort's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Trunk (boot) of my car
Boat: Tinker Traveller...a dozen feet of bluewater awesomeness!
Posts: 998
Re: CAT compaired to MONO expence

I think it's more important to have the experience of sailing on both catamarans and monohulls; throw in trimarans too!
If you're both perfectly satisfied with a monohull, get one of those.
If you prefer 'flat' sailing, go for the catamaran (or trimaran, although usually somewhere in between regarding heeling).

I haven't found it much more expensive owning a trimaran vs. monohull. It does need a lift that will handle the wide load though.

As Stumble said, some marinas will charge more, some won't.
snort is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2016, 16:19   #6
Registered User

Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: tucson az
Posts: 3
Re: CAT compaired to MONO expence

Hey thanks For all the great info. I love this Forum, and all the people wiling to help. Remember as I always say, Wash your Dinghy, nobody likes a dirty Dinghy.
NOBOATGEORGE is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2016, 17:34   #7
Registered User
David Hughes's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Atlanta, GA and Cape Coral, FL
Boat: 2009 Leopard 37 Powercat
Posts: 132
Re: CAT compaired to MONO expence

My wife also demanded a cat after spending 2 charters on monos and 3 on cats before we bought. Ours is 37 x 15, and we have no marina issues in SW Florida. Being a power cat with efficient hulls, we get away with smaller horsepower needs than others, perhaps, so even though we have twins, neither would break the break if failed (Yanmar 4JH4-HTE, 110hp x 2).

Happy wife does equal happy life, and frankly with the large flat foredeck space, huge flybridge, and large saloon, I'm pretty sold on cats now myself.

Sent from my iPad using Cruisers Sailing Forum
David Hughes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2016, 09:30   #8
Senior Cruiser
akprb's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Alaska
Boat: Hunter Legend 40.5
Posts: 440
Re: CAT compaired to MONO expence

We were 50x27. No problems and yes very comfortable and fun. Cost wise? Frankly never really noticed a major multiple over monohulls (we are back in a mono now).

A bit more planning at times to secure facilities that can haul. That being said we always found a place no matter where in the world we were. In addition we could "dry out" with ease anywhere.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	PB210407.jpg
Views:	120
Size:	442.7 KB
ID:	130535  


"Take it all in, it's as big as it seems, count all your blessings, remember your dreams" JB
akprb is offline   Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Cats vs Mono..why a mono Duke95 General Sailing Forum 191 28-07-2015 00:20
Cruising Cat vs. Cruising Mono Performance ssullivan Multihull Sailboats 100 03-01-2010 13:05
Maintenance - Cat VS Mono yona Multihull Sailboats 105 06-12-2006 15:14
Mono or Cat lane General Sailing Forum 9 06-06-2005 01:02

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 11:52.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.