I had a couple of small catamarans when I was young, but I sailed plenty on blue water
old fashioned sailboats. I ended up geting smaller boats and ended up a windsuring nut for a few years. Then I was in an excellent position to try living aboard
a boat and I said, "Why not?". I looked around and found an old Wharram
. I sailed it alone on a 3 day delivery
and got over the anxiety of handing it alone. The boat was decrepit and after 3 years of refitting a freak autumn storm wrecked it from its mooring
. I was a way for that week. Never went away during the hurricane
season, but this happened a week before my winter slip opened in November.
I looked around for a new boat and found a pretty monohull sloop
with lots of teak
. It too needed work, but we sailed it often and it was OK. It just didn't go fast enough to get very far. I had to learn its quirks and sensitivity to sail balance and sea state.
Then I got a lead on my current
boat, another catamaran, but it was an unfinished project
. All these boats I had were affordable due to one thing or another. I was on a budget
and glad to get them and have adventures.
I would say I am predisposed to catamarans now. I like sailing on some of my friends monohulls when I have my own boat out of commission for one of my many boat projects. I also like sailing on my friends catamarans and I can get lots of ideas with every other boat I sail on.
The original thread of this thread is popularity of multihulls is growing. Yes it is. Monohull sailors are eager to sail on my boat and newbies who are trying to learn more about boats to make their own decisions get a good experience when we go out.
It seems the major obstacle is the price
factor, and you generally get what you pay for. If a catamaran is expensive, then look what you get, do a square footage of living space comparison on a dollars/sq ft and there is a definite correlation. I like monohulls. I like old boats with intricate teak
interiors and a feeling that you are just another old salt
in a long line of sailing tradition. But I like my catamaran, it is a project
that is still underway, and I can make it any way I like. I like that. When I'm sailing and it starts to blow, the boat doesn't heel over and get me working on reefing sails
, it starts accelerating and might require some adjustment to the helm
. Everytime I take someone out in brisk winds, they start talking about sailing to some island. Doesn't matter if they are a monohull sailor or a catamaran sailor. I feel the same way. Why do we have to go back to the dock
, why can't we just keep going for a few days, or a week, saaayy, with canned foods we could make St. Martin.