My wife and I will be retiring in a few years and eventually we want to purchase
our own boat. We figure it would first be a good idea to charter
some cruising catamarans to find out what we like. We may or may not do coastal cruises. I will have to see how my wife warms to the idea first.
So, we wanted to first get some ideas from experienced cruising catamaran
cruisers on what are some of the better quality cruising catamarans out there and on the other hand, what are some of the brands and models that we should probably avoid. We like the creature comforts of newer well equipped boats. For her its a nice galley
since she is a gourmet chef
and for me it's all the navigational boy toys.
Is New Zealand
a good place to purchase
?...with the exchange rate, quality of construction, labor rates and designs available? I know of a few people who purchased boats there but this was years ago.
vessel for a living and sail for fun occasionally, so I am not looking for a boat for a beginner. Other than having raced a Hobie 18 for a few years in my younger days, I have absolutely no catamaran experience. A mono-hull does not interest me since I like the speed and stability of a catamaran. I would like to bring guests aboard do not go home soaked from spray or frightened by a boat that heels 30 degrees. Thats the nature of the SF Bay
...it's wet and windy in the summer. Keeping my guests comfortable means they will want to come back for another lovely day sail.
I have been searching around the internet
for catamarans for charter
and came across the Lagoon
line of catamarans. They appear to be of pretty high quality. Are there any opinions about the Manta
line of catamarans? Are there other catamaran manufactures out there that you might recommend?
I have not found any brokers for large cruising catamarans here in the Bay Area. If anyone knows of a Lagoon
38 or larger cat in the SF Bay
Area then my wife and I would love to have a look. Perhaps even a day sail?...we will bring the gourmet food
and premium beer
Feel free to PM us or email
Mary & David