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
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.
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.