Originally Posted by mdsilvers
we just finished a week on a cat in the BVIs and used fairwindsailing. They were great, we got 4 ASA certifications, including Cat. Captain Francis was great. Highly recommended if this is the route
My wife and I did the same thing back in December with Fairwinds. We chose them because they would allow us to charter
the entire cat for just the two of us. Which we wanted to do, to see how it would be sailing a 42 ft. cat just the two of us. We paid a little extra to have the boat and instructor ( Tim McKenna) to ourselves, but for us it was totally worth it. We did every tack, every MOB
, every mooring
, all week long. Just the two of us with his oversight. As a specific example, we would heave-to every day to fix lunch. The other Fairwinds boats were loaded with students, and I know that by day six they STILL had not even learned to heave-to once. That turned out to be a really valuable little thing for us. We junked the standard MOB
drill to find one that works when 100% of your crew falls overboard
. Valuable experience right there, I don't care who y'are. We got an intense course in it, got the undivided attention of the instructor, were not held back by the slowest non-sailing member of the group, were not packed like sardines into a four cabin
boat ( we had two empty cabins), got to concentrate repeatedly on where we needed the practice, etc. Highly recommended. And we also found out that for the two of us, we don't need a 42 ft. boat. I think that revelation alone probably paid for the extra charter/ ASA instruction costs, in the long run.
And I do not agree with posters who say sailing a cat is the same as a monohull
with only the reefing being different. Falling off instead of heading up into a gust is different. Riding a following sea is different. Anchoring
with a bridle
is definitely different. Motoring in tight spaces with two engines is different. Handling in cross winds near a dock
is different. If you choose a calm day, with no surprises, sure, you can work it out on your own.
Is that realistic training? Nope.