Originally Posted by vtomanov
you may have better experience then me then.. I have just charter
cats.. never owned one...
my experience is based on a wind
45 ( 54 gusts ) going from the south towards Tinos island ( Tinos town) in Greece
against the wind
- actually did not managed to get into the harbor on full throttle the cat stays on same place and was really awful I had to turn back and go with the wind and hide in Syros/Ermopoly
and once again from Skiathos to Tassos with wind about 30kts and relatively big waves with wind from the back when on the top of the wave the cat is valiantly try to turn side ways and it is difficult top keep it on direction almost every other wave... but managed to get to the destination
in the end I'm just a half-boat sailor
most of the time.. I may not just be good enough to handle properly the cat - e.g. the problem may be with me and not with the cat, but I will not want a cat anymore to be honest...
It is possible that you can't motor
a _charter_ cat into anything above 25kn and there is a simple reason for that. I have seen more than one charter
cat with throttle limits set to allow only 2200 or 2500 rpm
in neutral, much less when going into a headwind.
But thats not a problem of the cat, it's just a charter company trying to reduce engine
wear at the cost of safety
But now its no longer 25-30kn but 45-54kn. Different story...
So you stood in front of Tinos harbour and could not get in against the wind blowing from NE. Being close to land seas were flat.
And the you turn around, sail the boat SW with the wind through steep following seas towards a lee shore ...
Why did you expect that you could maneuver inside Ermoupoli harbour which is pretty exposed towards NE?
BTW: Sailing dead downwind on a cat is the best & smoothest point of sail. Easy motion, like running on tracks and easily handled by the autopilot
. In 30kn its also fast...
If the seas arrive at an angle there is somtimes a jerky motion but that is just two hulls living in different wave cycles. Nothing violent or dangerous, just a somewhat strange motion. The course will correct itself a moment later as the wave passes if you don't fight it.
@OP: Both are good boats, of course not the best boats available but really good value for money
. Choose the one you like more, they are pretty different in terms of style (the 380 design is older and it shows in the round salon