Hello everyone, I've been looking around on this and many other forums
for a couple of months.
My wife and I have been thinking of selling our house and buying
to live on and sail the Caribbean
or further. While we are land locked in TN, the availability of Catamarans are pretty much non existing here. So we have thought about taking mini vacations to go look at some in various coastal states.
The problem is, we are new to sailing and are looking for a handful of brands that would meet some (not all) criteria so we are not wasting time looking at boats that won't fit our needs.
Here is what I'm asking. Can you suggest brands that would have any or all of the following and I'm more than happy to search and find them (if you have links that's great but I'm not asking for you to do any leg work).
I have been looking at (online not in person yet) the following, but would like opinions feedback about personal experience with any listed or others you can thing of that would be similar
Lipscomb Simpson 33
Custom Simmons 35'
Looking to meet some of the following:
-easy to sail / handle for 2 people
-very safe and reliable
- I'm 6'1", have enough headroom
where I can stand comfortably. Tilted head
on occasion not an issue. If I have to bend over because head
room is 5'4" that's a different story.
- Built well structurally. I know in automobiles we have: the cheap
gets you a car (kia), intermediate most popular and generally lasts a while with regular upkeep (ford, chevy) last long time with minimal upkeep (toyota), and expensive luxury all bells and whistles (lexus, mercedes). Looking for something along the lines of lasting ford, chevy, toyota like. I will attempt to do any and all repairs
within my means, or learn, or eventually hire someone
- suitable for offshore
cruising (non lake cruising, non coastal only). Able to go to bahamas
and almost anywhere after there. Has good length to beam ratio (thinking safety
in mind... less than $150k. I know cruising is expensive, but if we can find something suitable for less money
that is great.
If you are able to provide any info for these or other brands, pros / cons, personal experience that is great.
Thanks in advance.