'amarinesurveyor' is accurate in what he says. Remember that most cats can be beached at high tide to give good access to all underwater areas. Routine maintenance
is not a problem, just watch the stated draft
of your choice.
The good old Prout's use a hinged sail drive leg which gives you a permanently mounted engine
as usual in the centre of your cat, and a drive leg that is raised when not in use. Prop fouling seal changing etc are possible off of the deck
It also means that you are not dragging the gear
in the water which seems to be worth at least half a knot! x 24 hours x 24 days = 288nm extra. FREE.
See also the Autoprop thread. They help to reduce drag and are a definite noise
and fuel saver. I experienced an odd problem that I haven't got to the bottom of yet but experienced others swear by them.
If your are looking to keep costs down the snowgoose 37's are cheap
, very sound and very safe for a solo. 20 + years old and you'll need a good surveyor
for peace of mind. For two up look at the Event 34's with 2 big beds, airy conservatory for living quarters. Then compare new boats on price! Most secound handers come with lots of kit that you'll have to add to a new boat, just allow for updating half of it.
Just please don't bid on the one I want!
I've found it really usefull to view older boats to see what mods have been done and which might be worth having.
Long journeys - keep the weight down, keep spares to a minimum. Your motor
is a back-up device, don't go where you can't sail away from!
See you out there -