Sorry for the late entry into this, hope my info helps <someone>.
I began looking at tri/cat a few years ago, but my wife was happy with our 40' mono ketch
. I persisted, so when a 45' Horstman came up for sale
she agreed despite our misgivings about its condition. (She had only been on two tri's, a Searunner
37 and Horstman 45, and thought the Searunners too submarine-claustrophobic; the Horstman was her choice to avoid being "crammed into a weekend camper".)
My bargain boat doubled in price
and we spent weeks in a yard in San Diego
, but we finally sailed it to La Paz** where our other boat is so we could move our lives over. Most of the trip was in NW 10-15, up to 20, w/ W or NW swells on our stbd quarter, and I had the boat reefed w/ club jib
to keep speed under 9 kts (first time on a tri*, unsure boat, not gonna go nuts). The speed impressed her.
She was also amazed at how comfortable the ride was. Previous similar tirps in our ketch
always meant bruises, difficult cooking
, and tiring turns at the wheel
if the steering
vane wasn't working. We hand-steered the entire 900+ miles, had a novice
and slept well to boot.
Yes, the motion is a bit quicker/snappier, but the size of the motions is much smaller. Condiments and glasses left on the table never moved, and working on deck
was easier - even skipped the harness/jackline bit a number of times
The only downsides so far is that pointing to windward is not any better than the ketch (experience issue?) and docking in a crosswind can be hairy; the cats have it all there with an engine
at each corner. Haven't anchored in bad enough conditions yet to know what the windage will be like, but she does sail back and forth a lot. I'll have to experiment
with bridles a bit to tame that.
* I would like to have taken rides on a few, shown her other models, but sh#t happens. We jumped on this one a bit too fast, but it's working out OK.
** Someone mentioned forcing schedules -- we sneaked down the coast in August with one eye on the cyclone pattern off mainland Mexico
, betting it was too soon for them to turn north yet.