My bro had a Snowgoose from new. Sailed the Seychelles
, down to Mauritius, raced to Durban in their annual 'Fastnet' race
. Second in waterline length class, only because the prevailing wind
was supposed to veer a little. It didn't. Close hauled ALL the way and beat most of the field. He liked it so much he started building them under licence out there.
Form his stories I bought mine last year. Complete beginner. No lessons, just read a lot. It's looked after me well, and all my guests. Never a bit too much lean to scare them, sailing is a delight, no noise
, no wobbling about (up to thirty knots then she starts to hop about a bit) and still room to sleep 8. Three permanent 4ft double berths, a big saloon
marina double 6 ft x 6ft3". And it's only 31ft. OK, the cockpit
is a bit small, four is the max for tacking in tight waters, and about right for week ending. There are good sound examples around at 25k sterling. That leaves money
for new electronics
and drive servicing, liferaft
, standing rigging
. Mine were mainly sound, electronics
and some bodge wiring
were the main issue. Basically on your budget
all the things that need fixing are covered leaving you with a boat that will look after you and your investemnt, and ready and eager for a long long cruise
. Six old solar panels
give me all the electrical
power I need. A wind
genny would cover long dark nights on autohelm
without ever running the engine
. Fridge, air heater cane with it. Water
heaters are easy to add, see other threads.
I promise you the right place for the mast
is on top of the rear bulkhead. No need to go forward in rough weather
once you've stripped down the genoa
and staysail and put the storm stay up. Not a place to go anyway, it's so nice not to have to wear life vests and harness 24hrs a day, especially when it's hot.
Do take care with the drag effect of windscreens and hoods. They seriously damage performance. A small screen
for the helmsman maybe, and short sidescreens for the cockpit
will stop the chill factor spoiling a nice day out.
World or just search Catamarans and go and see several. Each design has special points. For cruising a decent Prout is as close perfect as you can get on a limited budget.