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Old 04-06-2011, 02:34   #1
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Catamaran Experience in Greece

Thanks for the awesome forum! I've been lurking for years, soaking up all the advice and chuckling at just how easy it is to start a debate on pretty much any subject (!).

I've been "Cat Curious" for several years and finally got a chance to bareboat a 42 FT Lagoon out of Athens, Greece. I've sailed monohulls of all sizes for many years.

We had an incredible trip (2 weeks) looping around the Cyclades island in the Aegean. It was the last 2 weeks of April and we had quite nasty weather - winds were 30+ knts for 2/3 of the days. We routinely seas in the 15 FT range.

We spent 3 days weather-bound on the island of Paros, but managed to cover about 600 miles.

In a nutshell, we totally loved the boat. We were far more comfortable than we would have been in a monohull. Several of our crewmates were not hard-core sailors and they could comfortably hang in the saloon while the rest of us were on deck getting wind burns.

I think I'm a Cat Convert now, although I don't think I've completed my transition because I still think monohulls are better looking than Cats.

One of the highlights for me was learning all about Med Mooring. By the end of the trip we were quite adept at MM. It was a little shaky at the beginning. People materialize out of nowhere and start shouting things/instructions, some of which are useful but others are totally wrong.

I've really enjoyed reading other people's experience on this forum and on their blogs, so we made a blog to share all of our details.

It's at:
Greece - Roaming the Aegean Sea

My wife is relatively new to sailing and she loved it. In fact, she is now interested in living aboard/cruising. A dream come true for me.
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Welcome aboard, Mark. I'll follow your story with interest on two levels...
1 - I'm also considering the cat conversion!
2 - I'm off to Greece next week!
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WELCOME,

To the dark side of sailing, multis. .......i2f
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Welcome to the safe, comfortable world of Cats. I too hope to be in Greece in a couple of months so found that interesting.
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While it's a subjective er..... subject, I have to agree a lot of mono's look nicer than Lagoons. But so do a lot of cats, IMO.
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LOL! dream on.
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Good comeback though, got to pay that.
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While it's a subjective er..... subject, I have to agree a lot of mono's look nicer than Lagoons. But so do a lot of cats, IMO.
QFT, not that makes them bad boats - . And At least your Oram will scoot past fairly quickly!!
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