Hey, we all know that you are no fool. But as to a cruising cat for under $35,000.... The problem is that, unlike monohulls, the supply of used cats (especially in the under $100,000.00 range) is widely outstripped by the demand. There has been a huge move towards cats for, no doubt, the same reasons that have attracted you. But since cats were not very popular (particularly in North America) until the last 10-15 years, there is virtually no
supply of older, cheaper boats. Yes, you can find all sorts of ocean capable monos for that, or even less. But catamarans?
You might find an old Iroquois (great boat, but very limited in interior
space and some question about stability for offshore
use). You might even find a particularly baffed old Prout or Catalac
(and even then, it will be a smaller one). But all of these boats are actually still pretty 'desireable' precisely because of the supply/demand curve, and because they were pretty decent at what they did.
Maybe there is a questionable home-built out there somewhere, but one has to be very
careful in the case of a catamaran
to ensure that it was constructed properly. The forces exerted by the rig on the bridgedeck (to say nothing of the torsional rigidity required to cope in a seaway with two hulls spaced well apart) leaves no room for error, or amateurish construction. Please understand, I am not saying that amateurs cannot
build a terrific boat, only that you are not likely to find a good one for under $35,000.00.
I am also unsure why you are jumping from 'under $35,000.00' all the way to $85,000.00 to $90,000.00. No doubt you can get a much better selection in the higher range and therewith, likely a bit better 'bang for the buck'. But you are also apt to be able to find a much larger range of Prouts and Catalacs somewhere in the middle; below that, they are likely to be in need of more than merely 'TLC'. Lets face it, what at first can seem like a bargain, can rapidly deteriorate into a money
- pit that will have a limited re-sale value.
Anyway, I hope you prove me wrong and find a great older boat that somebody wants to give away. It just strikes me that you are likely in for a long wait (or a lot of headaches).