Originally Posted by arsenelupiga
in my case different reasons. me and my wife have seriously considered 40 to 50 ft mono but decided against for the following reasons:
1. vertical windows due to sun protection
2. covered cockpit
- same reason
3. there is always shade on cat
4. seasickness - my wife quite prone - cured on our cat
5. forward net - nothing nicer than having gourmet lunch while sailing or sleeping in anchorage on summer night
6. view from panoramic windows in hulls and common area. one does not need to stand up.
Space was not decisive, although we do not mind.
Seasickness can be worse or better on a cat depending of what type of movements contributes more to your seasickness, the bigger but softer movements of a monohull
or the jerkier but smaller movements of a cat. There are people more sensible to one or another and I am happy your wife goes better with the cat movements.
of the Barramundi on the interview says that he will consider a trimaran
for the next boat (or a monohull) because he says (or hopes) the movements are more similar to the ones of a monohull
and that is better to him regarding seasickness.
Regarding the sun I guess it depends on where you sail but if on the med or Caribbean
those large windows of a cat, that provide a view, will also let in a lot of heat. That is not by accident
that on the Barramundi interviews almost all windows are covered from the outside with some sort of covers to not let the sun in.
Most cats I see on the med have the windows covered not to let the sun in.
Vertical windows is a bit better but will only diminish the problem. Me and my wife though for a while in having a deck saloon
boat but we give up on the idea due to where we wanted to sail. It is not by accident
that in Europe
almost all brands that make decksallons are from the North of Europe
where getting all the sun one can get makes all the sense.
I agree about the shade and the place to have solar panels
. The shade on monohulls has to be provided by biminis an an arch has to be incorporated for solar panels
while all space needed comes "standard" on most cats.
I like to be outside almost all the time, since i don't sail in cold climates or in the winter but when it is raining or cold being able to steer the boat from the interior
is a nice thing but if that is provided by cats it can also be obtained with decksaloons, pilot house boats or even with boats like RM or Allures among others.
Not criticizing your choice, that I am sure it is the right one for you, just showing that you can have the same things on a mono...except space, unless you have a bigger mono. It is just a personal choice really.