I did my circumnavigation
in a Privilege
, and if I go around the world again, I will probably do it in my Privilege
The type of catamaran
that I want will depend upon what I am going to do with it. If I am sailing short handed offshore
, I want a smaller catamaran that is on the heavy side. If I am sailing along the coast, nearly any catamaran will do. If I am cruising in the Caribbean
, nearly any catamaran will do. But if I am going around the world, I want a heavier cat like the Privilege that can take a beating and keep on ticking.
When I arrived in New Zealand
the second time, I saw several catamarans that had structural damage from sailing at high speeds in big seas for prolonged periods of time. Perhaps if they hadn't pushed so hard, their bridgedecks and associated structures wouldn't have suffered.
Finally, if I was going to sail in the high lattitudes, I would want a catamaran that was at least 50 feet long in order to get the bridge deck
high enough to avoid slamming in the high lattitude seas when going to windward. Nevertheless, my bias would still be in favor of a heavier catamaran that was extremely strongly built.
Now if I had an unlimited pocket book, and it didn't matter if I created a demolition derby by sailing at high speeds offshore
for prolonged periods of time, then a light fast cat would fit the bill. But since I don't have the resources, I will settle for an affordable smaller cat that is strongly built, and I will confine my voyage to mainly low lattitude trade wind