Choosing a Catamaran
for two plus a few animals
Below are my assumptions based on research
that I may or may not suck at.
First and foremost one's sailing plans largely dictate how seaworthy
a boat must be.
Second, age, health
, and mechanical know how dictate size and age of the boat.
Third, the depth
of your wallet along with your willingness to reach the bottom of it ultimately prevail over items one and two.
Lets address these assumptions first and then perhaps I can start visiting some potential boats based on you folks help and knowledge.
1. Currently my plans are to begin this journey in three years in Florida
, and sail the Caribbean(read training grounds) and Mexico
for a few years. However, just incase the bug bites I'm willing to entertain the idea of a circumnavigation
. Also worth mention/discussion. The possibility of buying
here in California
and sailing the Sea of Cortez
. Honestly, that idea scares me as Im afraid I would then want to attempt a pacific crossing.
2. I'm 34, the wife is 25, the cats are fat, the dog is a sissy. Aside from a catch in my back occasionally we are generally healthy. I am employed as a Field Service Engineer
repairing MRI's CT's, and Nuclear Medicine Cameras. That said I'm equally comfortable with a wrench or multi-meter in hand. I also stand at 6'2'' so the ability to move about the boat without stooping would be a huge plus for me.
3. The wallet. We are in respect to the cruising world quite young so, the cruising kitty isn't so large. I'll detail as much as I am comfortable with on the internet
and see where you folks point me.
Id like to find a boat that's ticks all the boxes for under $200k (wishful thinking) If I absolutely must and I mean must, I will consider raising the purchase budget
. No mater what the boat costs, my planned per month budget
stays the same at around $2500 per month including boat repairs
Now comes the part where you guys beat me up with a baseball bat turned from a reality tree.
I'd like to have....
Over 35 feet as I understand smaller can get pretty squirrelly
Proper up to date safety equipment
Modernish nav and radar
so I don't carry a ton of water
and can still shower
Outboards since I've repaired many, little diesel
and no saildrive
A reasonable amount of freeboard
for skinny water
A non charter
design as I don't want 4 fracking heads!!
A decent sail plan
Not look like it was designed/built by a cross eyed hillbilly
I've researched most all the standard production boats you normally see recommended in "what boat should I get?" threads. None of them excite me. So CF community, what one off's, small production, little known type boats might I start looking into? They need to meet criteria 1,2, and 3 and at lease
a few of the want to have list.
Timeline: Non urgent, we can wait for the right deal. We have set the sail date from just slightly over 3 years from today.
Thanks for your thoughts,