I currently own a Beneteau
. My wife and three kids
(8, 6 and 3) just completed our first trip from Tampa to Conception Island (just past Geoergetown Bahamas) and back via the Old Bahama channel - all in about 1300nm. Of those miles we purely sailed about 50 miles, the rest was half motorsailing and half just motoring.
We love the cruising lifestyle, the people you meet, the depth
of friendships that spring up amazingly quick and the places you see. The worst part of cruising for us has been the travel days. We pick weather
windows where the sea state is going to be as comfortable as possible, this usually means light winds and motoring. On a travel day the only thing we want is to get there as fast as possible so we can chill at the beach, visit some buddies and cook some great food
Boiling this down we have three main issues on travel days:
1) We can't sail a monohull
to its potential because we don't like heeling past 25 degrees which when you add 5 to 10 degrees of wave roll limits our speed to about 5-6 knots, 4 knots at night. This is both a comfort and a safety
thing with our crew composition.
2) When motoring because there is no wind
the boat rolls way too much from swell. The main just doesn't dampen the motion enough at apparent wind
of 8 or less.
3) When our destination
is directly upwind because we need to hide from a front or storm, we usually just pound through under power because we don't want to deal with the heel associated with sailing there. On the Beneteau
this limits us to an average speed of about 4 knots, getting up to 6 before a wave slows us back to 2.
4) When passage
planning we use a speed of 5 or 6 knots to determine duration and set departure time.
We are planning to switch boats to either a trawler
or a catamaran
to alleviate these issues:
- Both of these should complete passages faster, have better living quarters when at anchor
and have the built in redundancy with two engines.
- Operating cost will be higher on a monthly basis for a trawler
but big ticket items like rigging
and sail repairs
likely will even this out a bit.
- The catamaran
will (?) be easier to sell later down the road unless we score a major deal on the purchase
of our trawler and can afford to "give it away".
My questions for the forum are this:
1) What is the real world sailing performance of a 42 foot catamaran like Fontaine Pajot Venezia 42?
2) Is my assumption that a catamaran will hold its value better and be easier to sell than a trawler correct?
3) How wet is sailing a catamaran when weather
gets a little nasty compared to a monohull?