My wife and I currently own a 36 foot monohull
, we are trying to sell it and do some other things in preperation to buy a catamaran
. We had thought that it would be much more expensive to own a larger catamaran
, but that is an unproven assumption, and would like some advise.
If you own a boat in the 40 to 55 foot range, please chime in, how much difference would 8 feet make on the maintenance
cost of the boat? and how much difference will there be as a result of the age of the boat? For that matter for cats, once you have to pay for a double wide slip if you keep it in a marina, how much does length matter? Once you have to have a wide travel lift
, how much difference is a few more feet on hauling and storing a boat?
A few more difficult questions, we hope to do some serious traveling, and I have been told that you can not anchor
in most European ports
, how much will size matter in the cost of visiting Europe
? How hard will we get hit for the extra beam of a catamaran in Europe
Does anyone have any information on theft and piracy
, will a larger boat make someone look enough richer to attract unwanted attention?
We plan on cruising full time after we purchase
our next boat. We like to sail, and do not like to motor
. We enjoy the added privacy of anchoring
out, and plan on doing that all most all the time at least in the USA. We do all our own work on boats, from fiberglass
, I need to know how to do it, and need to know it is correct, so we generally do it all ourselves. We will have the same ammeneties on a boat regardless of size. We will want 2 heads, A/C in two compartments, W/D, etc. We use very good bottom paint
and a lot of it so that our boat could last two or may be three years between haul outs.
A friend told me that the cost of maintaining a boat went up as the square of its length, and I had believed him, but when thinking about my boat, I can not think of much that would have been cheaper if the boat had been eight feet shorter. Haul outs and storage
would have been cheaper, it would have taken half a gallon less paint
every two years, and I might have saved 5 gallons of diesel
a year, but we sailed, that is what the boat is made to do.