Hello again everyone...
I've continued to research
the subject of cruising cats for our intended use, budget
, etc. We have no problem doing some
work to a used boat
we would buy, but we won't want to have to fix major mechanical problems.
This being said, I still have a few questions:
1). In Charles Kanter's book Cruising in Catamarans
he indicates that having a catamaran
with 16 ft. or less in beam is good because you can then fit in standard docks and travelifts. How big a deal is this really
? For those with 18 and 20 foot + beams, do you wish you had bought a narrower beam?
2). How much of a problem are Sonic Drive Legs? I've heard a number of people complain about the maintenance
, but it seems like a lot of outboards have as much, if not more mechanical problems.
3). I keep thinking that the ideal cabin
for my wife and I would be a Queen/King bed
set between the hulls forward for light and ventilation, and to avoid the feeling of sleeping in a coffin which seems to be the case in many rear hull cabin
configurations. We want to be able to get up in the middle of the night and get out easily without disturbing the other person. The Gemini
105M seems to use this configuration (though probably with some resulting pounding). Am I making too big a deal out of this?
4). Let's strike out budget
for a moment, but assume that I want at least an 8 year old boat to reduce depreciation. I think I want:
1). Main/owners cabin, King/Queen bed
, preferably with access from each side
so we can get in/out of the bed easily.
2). Diesel engine
, probably with sonic drive leg, and two diesels would be even better.
with decent room for showering, or better yet, a separate shower
4). Good helm
visability, yet with good protection from the elements.
5). Two additional berths (singles or doubles are fine) for the occaisional guests, but we don't need much more room than that, because we will assume the center table will fold down.
6). Reasonably good windward performance
7). Reasonably low amount of pounding.
8). Good weight carrying capability (we intend to cruise
, not daysail).
Let's assume that if you need to know a budget, we're talking less than $200K.
What would be your pick of a boat? Why?