What are we talking about again? Mono vs multi right.
The wife and I entertained a fixed budget experiment
Same money, mono vs cat. We were at the boat show
so the dollars were high to get sufficient cat options. Besides the lack of open areas on board (the family
requirement) the other thing that stood out was the "shoal depth
options". Cruising in the Bahamas
, much more than a 6 ft draft
( probably more like 5) would seem to be a worry. Especially with a skinny fin keel
. New boas are not the full keel
"run agrounds" of yesterday year.
The best case given that fact IMO was a retractable keel mono like the southerly. But that was crazy expensive and really confining on board with the room for the keel.
Having spent time on a few boats (FP Athena, tartan and beneteau
40-45) I can say I much prefer the "feel of a mono" for sailing responsiveness, and predictability of the motion, I can e finitely appreciate the uprightness of a cat. Your abs will get a work out out in the Gulf Stream
, but you can at least compensate with a hot bowl of soup, or a full blow meal (IMO of course)
At the end of our hypothetical, fixed price
we would choose a cat over a mono to give ourselves, and our kids
room without being on top of each other. The separateness of the hulls and togetherness of the salon
outweighs my need for a tiller. I am torn on the safety
factor, but in today's weather prediction and routing, caution can mitigate substantial ( not all) weather related risk. Plus I hate the thought of running aground in a pointy fin keel boat.
I might also throw out the topic of cost of ownership
including resale since cost isn't all based on initial outlay. Complex I know, but of serious interest to me for realistic purchases.