Today has been an interesting one.
Last night I wrote to Rick, the guy who has gathered as much information on Catalacs as is possible to have, and asked him about overloading the 8m or 9m. Specifically, what weight is considered overloading......
The answer will be forthcoming.. or in due course, whichever comes first.
So........ my interesting day.
Based on information culled from researching DOZENS of marina charges in the Med......... 10 /10.5 metres is the optimum $/metre for renting
It also is the MINIMUM length/$ many marinas
will start charging
at. I dont want to pay more than $16000 a year for rent plus plus. This size allows me to keep within that charge.
- This combined with my knowledge of me,
- my comfort level,
- my inclination for compactness,
- my intended use of a vessel,
- My preference for total single handed sailing with a smaller mast,
- and finally, the ongoing replacement or repair costs.
I have decided to stay at 27 minimum to 34 foot maximum.
Further, and this is now pretty clear in my summation, Given the nature of my intended sailing, which will be, in the main, short coastal trips, and having worked on the charts
for an hour... I will never be 50 miles maximum
from shore in any direction. This is the totality of my intended use for this vessel at this time. Im not going to world cruise. Im not crossing oceans, I know EXACTLY what the parameters are.
This means that it comes down to a personal preference between Catamarans of a known safety
standard. Do I want a Catalac
? Do I want a Gemini? Do I want a Sunbeam? etc...
It would appear that all the whats and buts and should I's have now gone. Yes I like and wish for some 40+ footers, but it would mean selling another asset and you know......... Im not going to. My intentions were thought out a while back and got sidetracked here and there but now, I see it was a good concept
and Im going to move ahead and look in that size range.
It will be my first Catamaran, and if the saying is true, it wont be my last.