After two years of looking at boats we've finally settled back in on a cat. We're looking at a 40 Manta
which is my choice but we will also look at two Catanas, a Dolphin and a Schionning. Again we are generally going to be just the two of us and neither are very experienced with sailboats.
I have a few questions. The Dolphin is a 460, the Catana
in the 40s not sure which ones yet and the Schionning is a 44. I'm thinking some are too big for us although the Schionning is probably ok. I think the Catana's are a 43 and a 48. So the smaller is likely ok. I think a sea trial will help be get a small feel for how they sail but not enough time to know how well we can single
hand them. I know we can handle a 40 that's set up right.
I can probably buy the Schionning right and I'm fairly certain I'll like the way she sails
. I'm not crazy about the staterooms and my wife isn't. The Dolphin has been a dream for a long time but dreams can be expensive. What's not to like otherwise.
Am I thinking straight here and give me a straight answer if that's possible here.
I'd like to know about the depreciation of them all. The Schionning is a 2003. The Manta
is a 1996. I don't know the Catana's but they aren't too old I think. All are in good shape I'm told although the Schionning needs a known amount of work figured into the price
. The Dolphin needs nothing and is a 2006.
If this doesn't work out then I'm going to buy the 40' Stevens and get my feet wet! Tired of looking.