Most production and plans-built catamarans have conservative sailplans and are designed to carry a range of weight that permits everything from minimal comfort compromises to complete luxury hotel
Hence one of their magnificent machines will carry generous sail area on a really tall mast
, a couple grocery bags of food
, a backpack of clothes for two or three (skinny) people and maybe a chart.
I used to kid a friend about where he was going to keep his dress speedo. Then I noticed his half-length toothbrush.
Outremer and weight are non-starters. I have some other friends who daysail with more clothes and goodies.
Loading an Outremer down with batteries and water
maker, solar panels
is a crime against nature, like expecting a whippet to pull a sled. In mud.
An Outremer is a peak boat. Something a very fine sailing couple should have at the peak of their skills, endurance, and conditioning, and of course wealth.
Older Outremers like the 42 are more Spartan than the newer production boats, because that's what people with a spare half million are looking for. I could say much the same thing about Catanas of the 1988 - 1994 era.
These two boats were the extreme-sports side of sailing. One that has been well-kept and kept light would still be, and would deliver a whole bunch of bang for the buck, provided you don't mind sharing a half a toothbrush!