Im currently looking for a catamaran for myself for next year. Ive sailed on quite a few, but never owned one. (owned under 25 ft yacht monohulls and 40 ft power cruisers) I have also owned several R.Vs and lived in small (25-40ft RVs) spaces on and off for a lot of years.
there is only me, so my needs/desires are met in a modest setting. I have narrowed down my choices to 33 to 36 feet in total.
cost, repair cost, mooring
cost, and most of all, the ability to single
handedly sail competently, safely and efficiently.
I have to agree that the BEST of all comfort and duo handling is a catamaran of 38-46 foot. I also have to state, and this is for me and me only, I would not feel happy sailing one single
That is not to say that I could'nt, it is more that I would not feel comfortable. Now, even if I had a partner, I would have to be honest and evaluate her abilities to single handedly sail a larger Cat in the event of a mishap and she had to sail on her own.
For those that own Cats in this larger range, and who have terrific and competent or even BETTER seamanship help from the significant other, it is not a slur or derogation on their personas or abilities. Each couple make their own choices and that is how it should be. For me, for my abilities, for my pocket, smaller equates to 2/3rd less running costs in the under 36ft range than larger.
When I quit doing what I do and take the plunge, It will be a measured journey of expenditure and value.
I hope to be based in the Med, and have the costs in front of me daily. Even done cheaply, its still 2.5 times more expensive than the property I use landbased over there. A Marina cost in Mallorca is beyond belief. I think I would have to be based on the vessel on the mainland to justify the cost.
Then realistically, I dont think I would be using the vessel to go out or cruise
every week. Perhaps once every two or three or four weeks, trip 127 miles to Mallorca and stay a few days and then sail back. Perhaps sail to France
now and then.. and then to Portugal
. Mainly it will be friends and family
trips along the coast for a day out. All this is weather
dependent and boat readiness/cost dependent.
I have looked hard at several vessels. Catalac
, Gemini 105
. Of the three I love the Seawind but can afford the Catalac
. I like the Catalac. Its big enough for me, big enough for two and is in my price
range. It might not suit others, I have no issues with the design quirks or layout, I even quite like its looks. Its tender
in a hard blow (force 8) when its surfing, but so was the 50 footer I was out on last year. For a single or duo it has loads of room. (But then I travel light). A good Catalac can be bought VAT paid for under $100K .. (this will not affect you as non EU residents). If I had more to purchase
with, then my options widen, but not my requirements. Set them first and look hard at what is available for your personal choices.
When you are sat at the table ready to write the cheque (check), I hope all your desires wants have been tempered by long sea trials and clear observation of the realities. The choice HAS to be yours and yours alone. If its a wrong choice then sell and start again. You will not have made a mistake, its a learning
experience.We all do that.
I have read these forums
for a long time. After a while, you begin to see the solid advice from experienced people. The nameless ones have helped me more than they know. I appreciate it. If Im going to be in a certain area I look from people who are there, if Im going to buy or have bought a vessel, I look at people who own them and listen to their experience, good and bad.
Good luck with everything.