It seems that most production cat manufacturers(ie: Privilege) have eliminated the lesser size cats from their offerings. In the spirit of sailing a cat that a couple can manage in all conditions, on a trans atlantic/pacific voyage, Id like to ask that a list be started for new
production cats are still available in the 40' foot and under range. It seems that 42(more rare) and 44(more common) seem to be the default minimum sizes for new production cats.
Id also like consideration/comments to be given for the quality, suitability, characteristics and track record
of the cats heritage for passagemaking, in addition to its mention for length alone. In other words, anything that you can add about it - positive or negative.
The logic behind this requirement stems from the possibility that a 100-120 lb female, with a level of experience that could be labeled adequate for such a task under the range of average conditions on the open sea, will need to be able to single
hand the vessel easily, and in conditions that are not always perfect. This would be during the time period that the male is sleeping, or in the event that he should fall into less than perfect health
If there is a slightly larger cat that you would think is fine for the job, then list it with your reason why the exception can be made for the larger size..
I know that there are plenty of used options, but many of these cats are becoming quite old, as it seems that the production building of smaller cats began to slow years ago. Id like to keep the list to new production cats.
I'll start with Fountaine Pajot
, who it seems still produces the Mahe 36
and the Lavezzi 40
. However, I have no experience with either of these cats.