Maxingout is living proof of the Privilege cat's credibility. His boat has some great modifications for blue water
cruising. Look at the SS bow eyelets added.
Regarding the price
difference of the two cats, with links above. The more expensive one has all new rigging
, new engine
maker, etc, and might be an owner boat rather than a charter
boats are usually high engine
hours and stripped of extra's, so that the charter guest has less stuff to destroy. Consequently they are obviously cheeper. The cost (not to speak of the hassle) to bring a charter boat up to an Owner's Boat or live aboard should not be underestimated. Assuming that that is what you want.
I'll use my boat for an example. You could buy an older Lagoon 380
, say 2000 through 2004 charter boat for roughly $200,000 OR the same year Owner Boat for roughly $250,000. The difference would typically be thousands of hours on the engines, and over $100,000 (cost new) of stuff you'll need, not including installation
hassle, for live aboard. For example: A/C, generator
, extra freezer
, more and better electronics
, Sat Phone
, extra anchors and rodes, water toys, SPARE PARTS
, tools, extra sails
, and on and on. Typically when buying
a used Owner's boat, you can get $100,000+ worth of extras, for less than half of what the stuff cost new, not to speak of all of the hassle it took to install it. However, watch out for sloppy, inexperienced installations of all that stuff. I would much rather have stuff like A/C, generator
installed professionally, than by a first time boat owner.
What is right for you depends on your intentions. Live aboard, charter, weekend toy, etc. My advise is to look at as many different models of cats as you can and unless you're an expert, stay away from one off boats. Go with the higher production Toyota, Honda
, BMW, Ford brands, so you know that you have some level of quality and engineering competence. I consider the Lagoon 380
a Toyota, reasonably priced, over 650 in the water, time proven, easy to work on and get parts
for, for example. Privilege is also time proven, with quite a few boats produced.
Hope this helps your efforts to get the best boat to fulfill your needs. At least you're past the monohull
/ cat decision.