"I had to wait 9 years for an end tie for a 42' Lagoon. "
I guess thing have changed for the better here in San Diego
I have two marinas
offering me (bidding against each other) better and better deals on a 55' end tie. I can get one in my wife's favorite marina for just $320/month more than we currently pay for our 40' slip in Sunroad.
The marina where the boat is currently moored will also let us stay in the slip at a "decent" price.
"Also don't fall for unsubstantiated stories about all the famous legends who touched the boat."
Both people are current
captains who are involved in full time operations of catamarans and both spent hundreds of hours sailing the boat. They have also spent many hours on the boat with me discussing many of the concerns that others have addressed here. Both individuals have done multiple ocean crossings in catamarans so I do listen to what they tell me.
"Dont fall in love too early. It will cloud your judgement."
I do have a tendency to leap in with both feet when I feel the love.
Two days after I met my wife (little did I know she had just turned 18) sitting by a fountain I asked her to marry me - that was in October 1974 and things worked out OK.
We have been looking at and considering this boat deal for over 6-months. We are probably over thinking the whole thing but it is really scary going from a paid for 40-foot boat that we have owned and loved for 20-years to a 51' foot boat that has all the positive and negative aspects discussed here.
Oh - what to do - there is no rational way to decide.
"As a former Gorge sailboarder (Swell City was was my hang out)"
Doug's in the old days when hardly anyone went there and it was a nasty hike across the tracks and down the hill. I spent most of the summers in '82 - 86' camped at Memaloose and living out of the back of my SAAB. When we couldn't stay in the Gorge we would drive from Seattle
to Dougs or Cilio, sail our brains out, and then drive home - all in the same day! 3.7 Pryde on a 8'3" pintail.