Originally Posted by Jaymannyc
Ok... cat out of the bag. I am a happy owner (well soon to be) of an Antares 44i. Flaws to my choice?
You yourself are the only one that will ultimately decide on the flaws, if any, to your choice. What suits you doesn't suit others.
We have had our catamaran
for 5-1/2 years now. I prepared my own 'short list' of various cats with the pros & cons of each (I used an Excel worksheet for this), and then compared them and made my decision. Before I came up with the short list, though, I personally visited & walked about on most of the major players in the cat market. From doing so, I determined I absolutely would NOT consider a cat with the galley down. And after 5-1/2 years, two trans-Atlantic crossings, and several seasons of cruising and 'happy hours' on the boat, that was 100% the right decision (for me personally). I don't want to be down in a hull
in the kitchen when it's rough or when I'm having a party. My galley has a big sliding window and is adjacent to the cockpit, and I love it not only for parties but also when having dinner to be able to pass things in and out as well as being able to still participate in the conversation while I'm preparing food
We also were sailboat racers prior to our world cruising mode. As such, we wanted a performance cat vs. a floating condo. We only raced it in one regatta
(Antigua Sailing Week, which we won), but nevertheless we like to sail fast. So we chose a boat with daggerboards and a high bridge deck
With regard to the dual helms vs. single
, we chose the aft dual helms. You have a better view of your sails as well as better view when navigating through crab pots, up to docks, etc. Once you're underway, you will discover that you will use your autopilot
the majority of the time. So you're not out 'in the elements' too often. We steer more than most of our friends (just because we like to!), but still use the autopilot
most of the time. There have been times when we've had no choice but to steer (extreme storm conditions), but I certainly never felt uncomfortable or unsafe at my aft helm
All that said, we have friends with an Antares and they love it. What they were seeking in a boat was totally different from what we wanted. We each found what we wanted and each believe the boat we chose was the right boat for us. I've got many other multihull
friends, each with a different type of boat. While I like all of their boats, I don't like any of them as much as mine (well, except for the Gunboat 62, but I wouldn't want it because then I'd have to have crew aboard!).