Originally Posted by Sand crab
Belizesailor is a member
and he has one and likes it. You should PM him and/or search his posts.
Yes, sitting here at anchor
aboard her right now in Bocas del Toro Panama
. Mine is a 2000 Wildcat 35 purchased in Florida
As others have said, search the the forums
here...you will read much regurgitating of BumFuzzles issues but you will also find a number of happy owners right here on CF.
The most signficant issue w Charter
Cats boats was highly variable quality of build. Get a thurough survey
from a catamaran
...preferably one who has never even heard of the broker/seller. I advise this for any boat, but especially for those whose production history
That said, they also built some good boats. Mine is an example, 13 years of a mix of charter (captain only) and cruising use w no major issues. Shes solid and well built. The only quality of build issue I have had is that gel coat was laid up too thick in some areas and as a result it cracks...underlying glass work is good...easy fix. My boat is consistently valued in surveys at substantially more than I paid for her....not that it means much, but it does reflect the consistent high opinion of multiple surveyors.
The Jaguar 36 is fundamentally the same boat w some layout changes. A friend of mine has one. His is the 3 cabin
version. The open transom on the Jag36 is a nice touch for cruising use. The 3 cabin
layout is good, but I dont like how much of the anchor locker
is sacrificed to the 3rd cabin.
Bottom line: a good little live aboard/cruising/charter boat at a price
which is very hard to beat.
I toy w the idea of moving up to my idea of the ultimate boat, but at somewhere around 10x the cost it is very hard to justify...especially given that this one meets my needs.
For another proffessional opinion also see if you can find a write up by the owner of The Catamaran Company. Reasonable balanced perspective I think.
Be happy discuss further w you here and/or PM.