Ok, I have some questions about Tri's and Cats. My wife and I are looking to purchase
a boat for full time liveaboard
cruising. Not just island hopping but after a year or two in the Caribbean
, we plan to cross the Atlantic to Ireland
, then over to France
, the Med before crossing with the trades back to Central America
, through the big ditch and out into the Pacific. Some of the boats I have been doing some research
on are Cats in the 36'-40' range. I have been on a PDQ
36 and found it feeling cramped. I am 6'3 so headroom
is usually an issue for me. The first cats I saw in my budget
that really caught my eye are the Catalacs. The 10M to be specific. I have not seen one in person but they have a great look and are extremely well respected for their seaworthyness, but I am worried that with the small bridge deck
"saloon" I may not have headroom
up there, and feel cramped. Also since the bridge deck saloon
roof doesn't appear to extend out over the hulls, it looks like you have to duck before going down the steps into the hulls. This seems kind of awkward.
Some of the Tri's I have been looking at are the Piver
Victress. Which according to some of the threads here seem to be decent boats, but not really suited for long passages and open water
. Original design specs were weak and prone to collision
damage, so builders "over built" making them heavy and poor performers....etc.... Another one that I keep coming back to is this one...
1988 Custom Trimaran - Hartsman Tri Star 43 XRC sailboat for sale in Mississippi
This boat has a great look to it and at $70K may be a good deal, maybe offer $50K and see what happens. The listing says its a "Hartsman" but some people say its a Horstman, which like the Pivers seem to be questionable blue water
boats. Does anyone know anything about this "Hartsman" design?
I Guess the big questions are
Does anyone have first hand experience with the Catalac
10M? Will I have enough headroom in the saloon
to be able to stand fully erect without my head
touching the roof?
Same question with the 40' Trimarans?
Opinions about full time liveaboard
in either of these boats.
is of course always an issue. I can get a Lagoon
38 for $185,000, but an $80-90k Catalac
will get me out there YEARS sooner.
And a $70K tri with $20-$30k refit
might make a very nice option.
feels extremely roomy down below, but the shallow draft
and sailing flat in a Multihull
are 2 benifits that almost any monohull
can never overcome.
Thanks for the input.