I sailed around the world on my Privilege 39 catamaran
for eleven years, and I can tell you that a Privilege catamaran
is an extremely strong yacht, easy to sail, and is a good offshore
I never had any structural problems in the Privilege during the circumnavigation
. It feels safe and if you want to see how it behaves in bigger seas, you can go to my website, Maxingout.com, and look at the video called "Warp Speed
" to see how the cat behaves running downwind in 40 knots of wind
and 18 to 20 foot swells. You can also see it sailing in 40+ knots of wind
through the Bab Al Mandeb at the entrance to the Red Sea in the Video called "Gate of Sorrows."
The Prout 38 can also be sailed offshore
, but the solid low bridgedeck forward will make it susceptible to pounding in rougher seas. The bridgedeck area forward can suffer stress cracking from pounding in heavy seas. I know of a Prout 37 that turned back to the med after leaving Gibraltar
because of damage in this area allowing part of the bridge deck
to flex severely.
If you are limiting yourself to the Carribean, I don't think the pounding and structural issues will be an insurmountable problem. It will make a good liveaboard
yacht. But if you enlarge your horizons after sailing in the Carribean, you might wish that you had the Privilege 39.
I think it comes down to what you are going to do with the yacht. Both of them are good yachts if you use them for what they are designed.