Brandywine the world is rapidly adjusting to the beam of catamarans. Docking
(if you want it) is available anywhere in the Caribbean
, as are med-moors throughout the Mediterranean
. No, with the beam of a large cat you will not be able to transit the french canal system, but apart from that you should find little difficulty.
Think of it this way: the shallow draft
in relation to a monohull
will actually increase, rather than decrease your options. Even if a marina does not have docking
to accomodate your beam, they will often have a wall that you can tie alongside. If a marina does not have a travel-lift or crane up to the task, understand that most cats can be left on the bottom while the tide goes out for cleaning
, applying antifouling and yes, even some underwater repairs
. Most importantly for the cruiser, bear in mind that cats have none of the tendancy of monohulls to sway while under anchor
and - here was the clincher for me, the shallow draft
allows you to gunkhole in spots that are way off-limits for any mono of close to comparable size.