First thank you for the posts. I am somewhat hurt by the Troll reference and not sure why that person is being mean. But that is up to them. I have been looking at smaller catamarans and reading about them for two years. I am going to make a purchase
in the next several months, or sooner. I see no reason not to ask around and see if somebody has some helpful information.
I will restate my goal using new words. Perhaps this will help. I am looking for a smallish catamaran
that will allow us and another couple to enjoy a few weeks of bumming around in the Bahamas. I want two nice beds and heads. I also will do a few day sails with 4 to 8 people in The Fabulous Florida Keys
of from our dock
. I will own the boat for three years. The total cost of ownership
is more important to me than the initial cost. Meaning after I sell it. What did it cost me to own it.
I really appreciate the information on the Lagoon
39. I did not know that it was available with two owners style hulls. I will look into that more. I really like the idea of our guests having as nice of accommodations as ourselves. Which is why the Mahe 36
Duo is my favorite. But remember the wife said she wanted larger. It may be as simple as talking her out of that. I don't think she really understands how much larger a 39 foot cat is than a 36 foot cat. She has been inside many boats. But somehow does not extend those experiences to the efforts involved in moving a true blue water
cruiser. I want as small as I can get away with. And still have two extremely comfortable beds and heads. And it must be fun to sail also. I also own a blue water
boat. I want this other boat to be for a different purpose. After three years I will sell both boats and replace them with something to be determined. Is the Mahe 36 the only smaller cat with two equal hulls?
As for the trimarans, we really enjoy the view from inside a catamaran
. And I want two nice heads and beds. Not to mention being able to keep watch indoors out of the sun and wind
is important to us. I have been sailing many years and am not wishing to become and old salt
That being said, I wish my wife liked trimarans. I may get a small one just for myself. But what I have in mind for afternoon sails and extended overnighters is not quite that spartan. However, I do appreciate the idea being offered. I appreciate the out of the box attitude. And a trimaran
is the perfect boat for The Fabulous Florida
1000XL seems to be the most common those brand of boat in my price
range. The ones with the folding wall are really cool. But beyond my budget
or have been to far away to view. (If I remember correctly.) Regardless, I need some way to keep our two cats inside. So, I need a door to close them inside. Thus the 1000XL is bad for the two cats. I did see some Seawinds that would work for sale
and now one in Australia
. I had some health
issues last year that precluded and now has robbed me of the time required for such far afield shopping
. These days I need to confine myself to the Eastern half of the US and begrudgingly the Caribbean
. However, I have added the Seawind to my watch list because they sail so well. Though they do not meet the two nice beds and heads criteria. As we all know all boats are a compromise. But I doubt the wife will compromise on the accommodations. But if a Seawind becomes available. We will look into it. Thank You.
I have found many thoughts in this forum and otherwise of live aboard boats. There is no shortage of discussion on live aboard options. However, my goal is afternoon sails with a small group and also a several week annual cruise
with another couple in a compact, fun to sail catamaran. Preferably with two nice heads and two nice beds. But I am repeating myself. I do not need lots of storage
or beds. Just a fun boat for joy riding.