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Old 31-08-2009, 14:29   #16
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I agree with fishman, it's about the budget. Cats are more expensive, because there's more boat. I have owned a mono for 18 years, and my cat for 7. 5 of those years overlapping owning both. I would never go back to a mono, unless I was going to sail high latitudes, or lost every penny. Tradewind sailing it's a cat hands down for comfort, and speed. When you are more comfortable. You are more rested, and a rested person makes less mistakes than a fatigued one. This of course is only IMHO........i2f
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CAUTION RANT FOLLOWS
Let your wife know that to turn "Turtle" you have to be in SEVERE conditions and lose control of your boat. In my opinion it is a myth or at least an extreme exaggeration.
While we are speaking of sinking, I have been told by CG that catamarans are virtually unsinkable. Even when shot with large guns by the CG. They can destroy them, but only to the waterline.
Sorry but as a cat owner you get tired of hearing about us "turtling", it is so rare that it is not a factor while considering catamaran. The newer cats are so wide it is almost impossible. A whole lot more mono's sink than cats turtle
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No, no! That's not a rant. Thanks for the info. I'm sure I would have probably read something like this in those links you guys posted, I just haven't had the time to sit down and read. But, this post by you is definitely a good start. Informative.
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Old 31-08-2009, 14:54   #18
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Also...and I KNOW i'm gonna catch hell cuz of my personal cat preferences for low budget buyers...

You CAN get a decent starter Cat for the price of a decent mono. It depends on your budget and the willingness to GO and LOOK at the boat. There are a few brands of cat out there that are within reach of limited budgets. Tho some would disagree to my suggestions (tho, I2F, there is that cheap Catalac 10m out there), but YOU must be the one to determine "where to start and what's important". Size? Condition? Extras? All coupled with "What needs to be done after the purchase" like...Moving the boat...by land or by sea? Refit? Upgrades? etc..etc.

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Well, what's a budget buyer? I think there is a big range for opinion there. I just saw a nice C&C 40 mono from the late seventies in good condition for about $40,000. To me, for that size, that's budget minded.

I'm happy to live in a 30-footer, but my wife won't settle for anything under 36'.
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I did not mean you can't get a cat for a reasonable price. I meant to type that 36ft. cat is most likely going to be more than a 36ft. mono. Same year, and gear aboard. Shop around, there was a 38ft. cat for $45k just a couple of months ago, and advertised here. Being in the right place at the right time with cash in hand will get you a great deal.......i2f
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Exactly.
I2F I couldn't find that 38ftr cat.....
some examples
A nice mono
1978 Morgan 452 Center Cockpit Ketch Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com
The Catalac:
Catalac 10M or Catalac 34 FOR SALE $89,900 - Multihulls4us Forums
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http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/...cat-25618.html

They can be found......i2f
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$$

What $$ range are you looking for? Are going to cruise? Coastal hopping?
Just remember that as with ANYTHING...you get what you pay for. It's up to you what type of and how much fixin' up your willing to do.
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Unfortunately, if you are buying, or fortunately if you are selling, cats hold their value very well. Our boat is still fetching the same price as when we bought it five years ago. But for a GOOD cruising cat you can expect to be around 150k +or- for an example!
http://www.multihullcompany.com/Catamaran_for_Sale/Lagoon/302
There are some out there for less but, you you will REALLY have be careful or at least beat the bushes pretty well, and do your research.
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Your budget first and then preferences will dictate your choice in the end......IMHO

Here's some more multihull info. Sorry if it seems a bit skewed but mono vs multi is a VERY sore and hot item around here:
Catamaran Vs Monohull
Sailing - Monohull Vs Multihull - BoatSafe.com
Multihull Advantages - Catamaran vs. Monohull
I just read the Catamaran Vs Monohull article. Very nice. I can see the validity of the case. Now, I'd like to read one just like it, but from somebody who prefers Monohulls. Maybe the next one on your list there.
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