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Old 02-05-2012, 12:40   #1
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trimeran or catameran???

Trimeran or catameran??? I'm curious of which to get, I am almost certain I want to get a multihull yacht. But am not sure of what to get? So pros and cons please.
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Old 03-05-2012, 18:13   #2
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Re: trimeran or catameran???

Read "Case for the Cruising Trimaran" by Jim Brown.
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Re: trimeran or catameran???

Difficult to recomend without further info.

Area of cruising, numbers of persons, likely eq. i.e. need to carry scuba compressor/tanks. Washing machine etc.

Chris Whites Multihull book should be compulsory reading.
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Re: trimeran or catameran???

Tell us a little bit more of what you want to do when sailing and where you want to sail.

Speed you need = Trimaran

Livibility = Catamaran
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Trimeran or catameran??? I'm curious of which to get, I am almost certain I want to get a multihull yacht. But am not sure of what to get? So pros and cons please.
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Ability to carry 8 people on occasion. But 2-4 normally. Area of cruising is around the pacific ocean, but probably longer then that. Able to handle lots of gear, storms and living aboard for long periods of time. Possibility of single handing. No scuba. Long periods of Tim outside. Indoor and outdoor helms. I'll probably be doing some swimming.
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Would need to be a large trimaran. Because of long distances in Pacific need to carry a fair but of weight in provisions (food/fuel/water).

My recomendation would be catamaran min 42ft to 47ft.

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Liveaboard and lots of gear would put you more on the catamaran side.

Since I never heard you say speed, then I would take Trimaran off your list.
Most Trimaran talks revolve around speed.
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Re: trimeran or catameran???

No one has asked the most important question.

How much money do you have?

There was an older Horstman tri around 45' just sold in San Diego for around 30K. Was supposed to have been a nice boat, but who knows. Point is would have done everything you want excellently design wise for about 1/10 the cost of a typical cat.
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I don't have the money yet but I'm saving up. I plan to have anywhere from $125,000-175,000$ cash(I do not like loans). But until then I'm trying to learn as much as I can so I make an intelligent choice when it comes shopping time. I'm not biased toward toward cats or tris, but from what I know, I definitely want a multi. Speed is a plus, but ABSOLUTELY!!! NOT A PRIORITY. I'm not a racer (nor do I claim to be) I'm a wannabe cruiser.
On another note, I have no problem with doing SOME repairs when I buy. But NOT a total overhaul. I look at doing some repairs as a chance for customization.
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I don't have the money yet but I'm saving up. I plan to have anywhere from $125,000-175,000$ cash(I do not like loans). But until then I'm trying to learn as much as I can so I make an intelligent choice when it comes shopping time. I'm not biased toward toward cats or tris, but from what I know, I definitely want a multi. Speed is a plus, but ABSOLUTELY!!! NOT A PRIORITY. I'm not a racer (nor do I claim to be) I'm a wannabe cruiser.
On another note, I have no problem with doing SOME repairs when I buy. But NOT a total overhaul. I look at doing some repairs as a chance for customization.
I don't think there will be many cats in your budget that will fit your "SOME repairs" and your Pacific cruising idea.

Suggest many moons going back in the threads and gaining info.

Best of luck.
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