"I was just wondering, Im mean like you have had yachts before, and small speedboats and then some large motor crusiers in Florida, and then that airboat which was fun.......... so now your back into sailing, why a Catamaran?Ē
And so my sister managed to ask the one question that I had never really given a lot of thought too. I know I want one, but why?
I like sailing. My ex wife did not. She didnt mind boats as long as it had hundreds of people, bars, a choice of restaurants, huge bathrooms and room service
. I dont think we were on the same page.
I learned to sail in the UK. On the sea in the Ribble Estuary. I had 2 sail boats on Lake Coniston and enjoyed the scenery and Englishness. I really enjoyed the snugness of the cabin
(Seawych 19 and Eventide 24) but found I had to do it alone as the lack of a bath and room service
and a restaurant inhibited her desire to be there.
In the States, I had a Jon boat for river fishing
, then in Florida
graduated up from small flats boats to a 40 ft offshore
cruiser used for fishing
and long weekends. Even in the days of cheap
gasoline, it was not cheap
to run. But oh so much fun.
I did not have a yacht (sailboat) for the longest time there because the inshore waters were very shallow. I did however use a friends pontoon and liked the stability of it.
Two years prior to leaving the U.S. I did get to try out one or two friends Catamarans. I even went to Punta Gorda and tested a few. (I lived near).
I like sailing. There is something about putting up the cloth, watching it fill, adjusting the helm
and switching off the engine
. A bit of fiddling and fine tuning, a look over the stern to see the water
slide away and the journey has begun.
I think people who like sailing, like sailing. Mono or multi isnít a problem. However, there comes all the other bits that combine to make a choice. Space, length, width, comfort, usage for and loveability.
If Im going to live in a vessel for extended periods:
I donít like everything crammed away and have to dig it out to use it.
I donít want my sleeping quarters part of the saloon(on) or galley
I donít want my personal space invaded by others when they visit.
If I have guests, I want them to have their own area where I donít have to go into or disturb them. I want to be able to walk around separate from a closed door to their world.
I want to handle the boat by myself easily.
I donít want a huge mast
, and I want to step it myself.
It takes a largish monohull
to fulfil just this part of my criteria. I fell in LOVE with the catamaran
the first time I saw it. I liked the stability of the vessel at anchor
and underway. I loved the SPACE in the cockpit
and the W I D T H, so that guests are not all sat on either side facing each other over a narrow beam. In a 33-37 foot catamaranÖ I get to have a vessel that allows everyone to breathe. Its civilized, and for me living aloneÖ I can change the scenery by walking into two hulls. Its not just one room with partitions.
I donít want to spend a lot of money
on a boat. The reality is that you can get far more value in a mono than a Catamaran.
However, realistically, as my overall length limit is 37 foot, it drops my expenditure down just in that alone. $100K should get a decent Catamaran, and as Im already happy with the lines, abilities and useability of Catalac
, I can halve that price
immediately and spend the rest on cruising equipment/upgrades. I am not going to purchase
anything for 9 months and 4 days anyway.
In the interim, I am learning
a lot about the characteristics of the individual designs, and reading EVERYTHING about them, along with trips to Bristol and South coast marinas
looking at Cats for sale
and testing them (if something grabs me enough to purchase
I think, a person either likes a Catamaran or doesnít. I happen to like them.