We have owned a 1994 Prout 38 Manta
, South African built, since 2001 and have cruised her in the Bahamas
the last 2 winters.
Our beam is 18’ 5” and spend a lot of time at side ties. Our home marina has 4 catamaran
slips, one of which we rent through the summer and early fall.
We have a little trouble finding a travel lift
wide enough, but in the Bahamas
there seem to be a lot of railroad lifts that are almost free of any beam restriction.
Another side benefit of the cat is that if you are remote
and need to beach her on the tide (careen) for work, she is stable and level. With a mono you have to tie to some sort of support to keep her upright.
We really wanted a 39 Escale but the right boat at the right price
ended up being the Manta
. The boat layout is so nearly identical that it is no issue of interior
space between them.
We have two Volvo
28hp with sail drives.
I could not recommend the Prout any more highly. She isn’t particularly fast but very comfortable, stable, and extremely sturdy.
I paid in the mid 170’s in 2001.
If you can find a similar deal, go for it.
A boat that was built for the US market will make life a little easier. We converted our 220 50 Hz generator
to 110 60 cycle at some cost.
There are lots of good cats but a used Prout is an excellent choice.
Pictures are available at www.stateham.com/sunspotbaby
Good luck on you search. May you find a boat that makes you as happy as ours has us.