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Old 06-02-2013, 11:45   #1
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Learning to sail a cat in New England

Hi,
Apparently there are very little catamarans in New England. As a result, the sailing schools do not offer training on Multihull boats. My wife and I are planning a long bareboat charter on a cat next year and want to spend the upcoming months learning and training in Boston.
Any ideas for people / schools that may offer such a service?
Which of the basic courses are relevant to both Monohull and Cats and what specialized training do we need for Cats?
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Old 06-02-2013, 12:25   #2
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Re: Learning to sail a cat in New England

We chartered a 36 or 38 ft cat a number of years ago and the charter company was satisfied with my 27 ft. monohull experience. Really, the only difference is tacking and the charter co told us to just start at least one engine before tacking - worked just fine. Buy yourself a Hobie 16 and you will learn to tack a cat and have a heck of a lot of fun as well.
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Old 06-02-2013, 12:50   #3
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Re: Learning to sail a cat in New England

oelias,

PM (private message) me and I will help you get some cat training in Long Island Sound
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Re: Learning to sail a cat in New England

Contact these folks, they'll get you going

New England Multihull Association Web Site
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Old 09-02-2013, 12:45   #5
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Re: Learning to sail a cat in New England

I used Rob Swain Sailing in the BVI's, but they have an office in R.I. Very nice people. swainsailing.com
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Old 19-05-2013, 19:10   #6
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Re: Learning to sail a cat in New England

Some time has passed so I thought I would post an update. I have tried all of the options noted on the thread and unfortunately none worked. The New England catamaran group is mostly focused on existing owners and racing. So far I could not find any clubs or schools that would bareboat charter a Cat in New england (several of the schools around Boston offer trips to BVI to do a liveaboard course but none do it here).
For various other reasons, we ended up deciding to buy a Cat and get it up here in RI. If anyone needs help familiarizing with a Cat in RI, drop me a note.
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Re: Learning to sail a cat in New England

oelias,
What kind of cat did you get?
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Re: Learning to sail a cat in New England

We are making progress with a PDQ 36. Will make sure to post details and pics once it closes!
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Great choice. Will see you out there
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