I have searched in depth
for OUR perfect world cruising cat. For us, there are some features that are important to us:
- wave motion and movement (therefore heavy weights distribution)
- simple to maintain and get at things.
- open and light interior
These five features ment that 90% of all production cats like Lagoon
, FP, Voyage and such like came off the list ( due to my work, I have sailed all sorts).
In the end (for us) it boiled down to two cats:
My number one choice by far would have to be the Dazcat 1395
To ME the perfect sailing cat, but I can imagine a lot of people would think differently.
They are fast, well balanced, well built, ideal weight distribution, perfect skeg keel
like setup, with for up wind
performance a "canard board".
Also, I do not want sail drives. Again, through my work I have seen enough not to want them.
I actually visited Dazcat (Multimarine) near Plymouth in Cornwall where a 1395 was under construction. I sailed on a 1195, the smaller version, which sailed like a dream. Also, the people at Dazcat really do know what they are doing and talking about.
A second favourite, would be the Format 1350. Basically a Format 1200, but with longer hulls. But, not as well balanced (weight wise) as the Dazcat and it has sail drives all the way in the back. Not as good for weight distribution as the Dazcat, but a lot of well thought out features on this cat too. I would certainly consider it.
Both cats are similarly priced and are near enough the same in lenght and both these cats can be customised to a certain extend. Both can have a cutter
rig setup, which I find important too as we consider to go to somewhat extremer places.
But, these cats, like any cat or boat, also have their drawbacks and compromises. As mentioned earlier, the perfect cat doesn´t exist! The above is only my opinion and view.
However, if it would have to be more of a standard unit, I would consider a Leopard 46
But at this moment in time, I cannot afford any of them!!!!!!!!!!