Well, first of all, if the owner can't tell you the correct building year of the boat there must be something wrong, since a boat of that size should be registered and thereby have all data. Starlight in UK is 1986 model and narrow, and my Portugeese friends 1990 model is wide, so somewere between these years the change was made. Just beware of the few boats built just in the change, since they had bad reputation of some reason.
Correct beam should be appr 6.1m, which is a little more that 1m narrower that the later Quasars. The lower bridgedeck clearance on the narrower ones is partly compensated...by its narrowness, since you get 1m less width of building waves underneath bridgedeck. At least that's my thought. My friend in Portugal
, that for several years had the wider type, claimed that it "allways" slammed when in waves, even though it had more clearance than my narrower type. The slamming is inconvinient in the salon
if you have galley
up (which we prefer) and if you are sitting there eating (which we seldom did during sailing anyway). In the forward beds I installed alu crossbars with a plywood
sheet on, raising the beds appr 50mm from the under deck hull
, which totally got rid of the slamming there. Besides that I don't feel it's a major problem, since the boats are built to cope with it.
Bottom line is that I love this type. It's not as large and high inside as the more modern catamarans, it doesn't sail as fast as many of them, it has an old fasion style inside, with the darker wood, it has rounded hull
sides making it look like a racer
without being it...and it has a lot of personality.
People I talk to who are curios about catamarans, use to tell me that I sound fanatic...and I reply that I'm not fanatic, though convinced. That's an important difference.
Good luck in your decisions.