Originally Posted by 44'cruisingcat
Why is that? I know some cities are kind of famous for being weird, like LA, and others like San Francisco
are well known for, er, other things, but surely there is some common sense somewhere on the west coast
It's damn cold here in the summer on the SF Bay
. The racing
scene here is big. The general trend here is towards class racing
like J-105's, J-24's, Moore 24's, Express 27's etc etc. Catamarans here are perceived here as slow, cumbersome and hard to find a slip for. Also, there is relatively nobody for a catamaran
against....except for a handful of Corsair's and other relatively small multihull
day sailor type racing cats.
If the Bay were warmer and California
north of Point Conception had lots of tropical beaches and protected harbors then it would be a different scene for catamarans. Those on the East Coast
are much luckier that you have the Gulfstream to keep things warm. What do we have here in the summer?...cold upwelling that comes directly from Alaska
that causes a hellacious fog
when the moisture laden pacific north westerlies hit the cold water
. And then there is a central valley that heats up generating tremendous winds on the Bay by sucking in the cold air.
BTW, I love watching the tourists from the East who walk out of their hotels in August in shorts and a T-shirt thinking that they are going to be warm all day.
I plan on having my cat here on the SF Bay
, whenever I purchase
it, for a year or so but eventually I will be turning left at the light bucket and heading south for who knows how long....because it is warmer. My catamaran
will not be here for very long because of those reasons.
I can't make any excuses for Southern California
since it is warmer there and I don't live there....they are a different state anyway...lol
I hope that summarizes why there are relatively few cats on the northern west coast.