Cavalier, you are of course absolutely correct about sailing them both. The interior
fit and finish on Solaris yachts was never poor - although in later years they did cut back from the beautiful, but heavy teak
interiors of the 42 (often referred to as the Rolls Royce of catamarans in the 70's). In the final anaysis, of course, neither the Prouts nor Solaris were exactly light weights.
Not surprisingly, for extended cruising
I too prefer the 'bigger Solaris derived from the old Cherokee' - the Sunstream 40 is the boat you are referring to and it is my current
boat. Even though it is more dated in appearance and points a bit lower than the Sunstar 36, I love the cutter
rig (as I am sure you do on your Prout), the lower freeboard, the semi-balanced rudders on partial skegs and the additional space. However, as only 14 were built by Solaris yachts, they can be difficult to find.