Fellow cat owners and those looking to own one:
Being very new to this forum, a yacht surveyor and a catamaran
owner myself - I'll add my 'for what it's worth' opinion.
All boats are compromises. Throw enough money
at them and you can have a floating palace with all the bells and whistles. Throw in some more money
and you can hire folks to clean, paint
, fix and operate your boat for you.
But for the rest of us, cruising is a life style full of compromises
--- In my 30+years of cruising and 15+ years as a surveyor, I have found that there is no perfect boat.
Hence I take exception to those who criticize South African cats
; (I happen to own one.)
The boat you chose should be based on your ability to operate it, maintain it, enjoy it AND pay for it and its upkeep.
Before you buy, realistically assess what you are going to do with that boat. What can you afford (good rule
of thumb is that you will spend between 5-10% of the purchase price
each year on insurance
, depreciation ---yada yada yada.
Look beyond the glitz - icemakers, stereo, plasma tv, exotic electronics
. Concern yourself with structure, how well she (and you) can handle it, and how well you can maintain her. Hire a Surveyor - it will save you thousands if your 'dream' has "issues'
Whether the cat has a galley
up or down is quite subjective.
After owning a Prout 33 Quest that had circumnavigated previously, we upgraded her cosmetics and took her all through the Bahamas
, To Bermuda
and up to Nova Scotia
. She was fantastic!
4 yrs ago, we ordered a semi-complete and un rigged Meercat 34 (basically a Prout 34 built in South Africa) after delivery
we outfitted her and did the Great Circle Loop of America.
She has twin engines (volvo saildrives) gets 0.5gal/hr/eng at 7knts, turns on a dime, is only 16 ft wide and is simple to maintain. Oh yes she has a stereo and an LCD tv!
We are now rigging
her for sailing and will be off this winter to the Bahamas
and possibly Belize
Is she the 'perfect boat' for us??
Check her out. John Kelly Marine Surveyor
Fair winds -