My wife and I have owned our Caliber 40 monohull
since new in early 1995. We have done a lot of US and Mexican west coast
cruising everywhere from the north end of Vancouver Island to Zihuatenejo in SW Mexico
. We currently liveaboard
on the boat in San Diego
We are seriously considering the purchase
of an older, smaller canal home in Cape Coral
. They are cheap
and many have "sailboat access" to the water
we can sail in. However, most of the cheap
ones that we like are on canals that have a set of overhead powerlines between the house and the deep water
. The powerlines are at 55' so we need a mast
height of less than 53'. Our Caliber has an airdraft slightly over 60'.
Additionally, the Cape Coral
and MidPoint Bridges are 55' so any house east of the CC bridge is accessible only with a shorter mast
The Cape Harbour lock is less than 19' wide so any house in the SW cape area is offlimits to a cat more than 19' wide.
We want to buy a catamaran
that we can sail thru the Florida Keys
and out to the Bahamas
, Turks, and Caicos. We want to live aboard for up to 3-months at a time while cruising those waters.
I have looked at ads for most of the cats for sale
in the SE US and find few with that short a mast.
What 32 to 40' cats can we consider with a short stick (less than 55') and can be safely sailed where we want to go?