Originally Posted by Double-Wide
We spent 4 years aboard our Seawind 1160
(38'). It was the perfect size for us. We met people on smaller and larger cats - I think you adapt to the platform you choose.
Some folks will adapt, others will not. A Seawind
has rather narrow hulls compared to the seemingly more common condocats and usually will not have some of the extras of the more roomy boats. The owners bunk requires climbing up to chest heights which some folks do not like.
On the other hand if you have a big square top like my Seawind
1000xl does it will run away and hide from most everything but stuff like Gunboats and Chris White designs.
You will have something of a learning
curve what ever boat you get. Things like how many sheets
, towels, wash cloths, shirts, pants, pots and pans, dishes, silverware, food
and gas you require directly affect how large a boat you will need, or want.
There is also the question of how much you have to spend. While chartering can give you some idea of what cats are like there is a big difference between an owners version and a charter
version. My boat has a single head
, but lots of charter
cats have four heads. Do you need/want an enclosed shower
or will a sun shower
on the sugar scoop do.
My advice would be to check out the crew wanted
forum here, and similar sites and try and sign on with an owner who is looking for company. Hopefully start with day sails
or weekend trips, then work your way up. Try as many boats as possible and you will get some feel for what works for you, as opposed for what works for others.