We are new to catamarans and are looking at purchasing
a Tasman Elite 12 - there are two for sale
- one has an extended duckboard and the other is the standard cat.
I like the design of them, space-wise and they seem to be the only decent cats in our price
range of under 200AUD. Obviously, if we could afford it we would go for one of the better Cats like Lagoons or Lightwave but sadly, they are out of our price
But - our concern is the height of the bridge deck
. We have asked several people who claim to be in the know - some say they are quite slow boats, some say they are designed the way they are and sail really well with no more slapping than other cats and some say that they slap a lot because of the bridge deck
height. So we are none the wiser.
What is the ideal bridgedeck height? Has anyone got experience on a Tasman Elite 12 that can advise us and what are the thoughts on the extended duckboard? Would it make the cat heavier at the back and is that a bad thing - would it be susceptible to a wave crashing on to it and pushing the boat under?
Our idea is coastal cruising so we don't intend crossing oceans but we would possibly like to circumnavigate Australia
in a few years time.
And while I am asking all these questions - what are peoples views on hulls that are composite or GRP - such as the Grainger 40 - strip plank western red cedar with epxy and fibreglass composite? We are in a tropical climate so does that make a difference?
Anyone who has knowledge or advice - would love to hear it.