hard question, it really comes down to what you want as there are so many variables, not only in multis but any boat. Here are some of the things Sue and I looked for when we went searching for our Cat.
1) We made a decision to go for a galley
up model. For us it was about how we cruised and ease of making meals
etc and also remaining part of the group while preparing food
. In saying that if we found a suitable boat with galley
down it also made the short list.
2) We wanted a known brand. Just from our experience with monos, a known brand can be researched as far as issues or strengths. Resale was also an issue and we have always found a known brand with good reputation tends to hold its value and sells better (imo)
3) Sailing performance - we wanted a boat that could sail well on all points of sail. We didnt need a performance oriantated boat but still wanted something that could cover the seal miles easily. We cruise easily at 8 knots under motor
or sail and in the right conditions easily do 10s and 11s.
4) We did not want to go over 40 ft as we found this is easily handled by a couple.
5) Bridgedeck clearance. Absolutley important. The higher the bridgedeck clearance the less slam and more comfortable the ride.
6) Liveability of the boat. Liveability is a term Sue and I use to describe how comfortably you will be able to live on the boat. This includes such thing as cockpit
, galley and general ability to be comfortable on the boat. When crusing you will be at anchor
or in a marina 95% of the time is it is imperative that you are comfortable on the boat and it is laid out accordingly. For instance we basically live in our cockpit
when crusing so the set up in the cockpit is very important to us. We eat sleep and entertain there so room and access is important.
7) Helming position, So important. Is it comfortable for long hauls. Can you see all parts
or large parts
of the boat. I have excllent vision of all the bow and stern for anchoring
or entering a marina to berth. Some Cats I have been on there is limited or not sightlin of the stern or some area of the front of the boat. Also on some cats you cannot see the person at the front of the boat when anchoring
. For comfort of sailing I find being in a protected area from the weather
is a big plus.
8) Construction material is a personel choice. There are plenty of ply/glass boats out there that have done ocean voyages. The perfect buiding medium has not been made yet there are faults in any medium you use. Do your homework and be aware of each strengths and weakness's.
9) Study the boat market to ascertain what the market value of boats are. Yacht hub, Boat point, multi hull
solutions etc will give you a good idea of boat prices.
10) Look for everything thats included in the sale
. IE electronics
equipement, dinghies , motors, sails
(age as well)
11) Make a decision as to what type of motors you want. Multis can come in a multitude of setups and configerations. For instance you may get a multi with a single outboard
just big enough to get you in and out of a marina to twin outboards to twin diesels.
This is by no means a complete list of requirements and is only a very short list of things we were looking for but it may give you some insight as to what to look for
Greg and Sue