My wife and I are looking at potentially purchasing
a used cat and taking a multiple year hiatus from normal life to sail around. We are looking for recommendations on a cat.
Generally we will spend 95% of out time between 30 N and S, 4% between 40 N and S, and potentially 1% between 50 N and S. No sailing will be done outside of 50 degrees. The cat needs be able to sail in blue water
(I plan to have all rigging
replaced and upgraded). From previous threads it looks like a 35 to 45 foot vessel would be most appropriate, with the best recommendation between 40 to 45 feet (of course: plus or minus a few feet to fit a standard length).
As for experience, we have plenty of experience with twice as much education.
While it will be the two of us most of the time, we will have guests with us off and on. We are looking for at least 3 cabins and 2 heads.
Most of the time we will be at anchor
or sailing, while we do plan on exploring land, we plan to live on a strict budget
. So, no moorings or docks.
As for a budget
, I really do not want to spend more than 200k; whether it be a ready to sail boat for 200k or a 100k boat that needs 100k in upgrades. I don't care if it has a bunch of fancy electronic, I will probably refit
the boat with new equipment
I am mostly looking toward a more safe track record
than anything, I would prefer a monohull
, by my wife wants a cat (some theory that it is less rough than a monohull
, but as an engineer
I think a chaotic ocean beating on two hauls would be more jarring than beating on one, but what do I know). So if there is a cat with a safe track record
of not flipping over in rough seas, that is a big consideration.
P.S. If you have some smart a** answer such as "don't do it" or "hire a captain"; please put your post somewhere else. I am only looking for serious recommendations.