Cruisersfarm, the fact that you do not own a production cat suggests to me that you are well aware that many production boat builders will specify design elements that favour fashion over function. For example, sharp-edged interior
cabinets, doors and tables are certainly fashionable, but they are also less functional (and in fact more hazardous) in a seaway.
There are, of course, high performance cats in limited production that have reverse, or wave-piercing bows that extend out further beyond the bridgdeck than the majority of production catamarans of the same overall length. They will also, of course, have less interior
accomodation for the same LOA
, but that is besides the point in a performance oriented cat. The problem exists in production cats which have reverse bows in conjunction with comparable accomodation and bridgdeck length as boats of the same LOA
, but which have bows with greater reserve bouyancy.
Getting back to the topic of this thread, IMO it makes no sense to compare the aesthetic elements of a classic monohull
with a modern catamaran
. Sweeping shear lines, low freeboard, huge overhangs and spoon or clipper bows would look ridiculous on a cat!
Catamarans are now developing their own aesthetic and I for one find designs such as the Fusion 40 very sexy! Some other cats are less curvaceous but no less attractive. Last February I was anchored in Anguilla
beside the newly renovated Gunboat 'Tribe' and, while angular, it remains a very 'hot' looking boat.