My wife and I have been sailing larger monohulls for over 40 years. We have done quite a bit of cruising from the North end of Vancouver Island to Acapulco in our Caliber 40 during the last 20 years. We have lived aboard off and on during the last 14 years.
We are now seriously considering a 40 50 catamaran
as our next live aboard home and long distance cruiser. We will spend 90% of the next 5-years cruising in the Northern Hemisphere tropics. We will live at anchor
320 or more days a year.
Weve lived aboard in the Western Mexico
tropics (including three summers in the Sea of Cortez) on three different boats. Each of those boats had a lot, really a lot!, of opening hatches, ports
, doors. The cross-flow ventilation was great and the boat interiors stayed pleasant under the brightest tropical sun.
Two of the 47 52 cats we have looked at had very limited opening side and front windows and just one or two overhead hatches. They did have large aft facing openings to the aft deck
. But, at the dock
in San Diego
with 10 12 knots of wind
blowing both interiors seemed stuffy and warm even with all the hatches open.
Additionally, all the cats have big flat cabin
tops that absorb a lot of solar
1) Do big cats with few side and front opening windows/ports get enough airflow to stay cool in the hot tropical sun?
2) Is it practical to put a boom tent over the cabin
top on a big cat?
3) How important are the side and front openings in a catamaran
living on the hook in the tropics?