some pointers on picking out the correct catamaran, as taught to me by my spouse:
check bridge deck
clearance - that is the clearance between the water
and the bottom of the deck
at the closest location - don't learn this pointer after you buy the boat. Waves slap the underside of the deck, particularly as water
gets squeezed between the two hulls. The slapping and pounding of the water under the deck on a multihull
will make you insane. Get as much clearance as you can. Always look at a stern photo
. Run away from low bridge deck clearance, particularly if you want to live on it (midnight deck slamming at anchor
might be a pisser).
After that, do you care about the cooking
station? Think about head
room for you at the galley
. Do you want galley
up (cooler) or galley down in the hulls (hot presumably). Do you ever cook anyway?
Cats - the ports
leak - seems to be a characteristic - sucks. Privilege
owners please feel free to stand up for your boat. We have just seen a lot of old Privilege cats with leaking ports
and soggy headliners, rotten spots on wood floors and liners because of the leaking. yuck.
wet headliners and leaking are a big deal on any boat. Also look around the floor level and see if any stains indicate the boat has ever been sunk. run! if you think it has been sunk in the past, unless you really are very savvy.
Always check electrical wiring
. Some of these boats have been jerry rigged and are not safe, and often the wiring
Go to the Practical Sailor website and join - they do some reviews
of boats - although you have to pay for the review. The few bucks we spent on these reviews
was worth every dime.
Consider if you care about balsa core
versus foam core
- this is another forum hot buttom btw. If you decide you don't want balsa core, that eliminates many boats. I would love to have a Leapord cat, but all South African produced cats have balsa core. We are anti-balsa core. A lot of folks swear by balsa core.
I read a lot books
when we started our search. Amazon.com has a lot of cheap
with ratings by readers. Pick a boat category, do the search, and buy your books. Priceless advice available in some of those books.
any boat before you purchase
, unless you are really knowledgeable yourself.
I've exhausted all my useful advice. enjoy your cruise
through this forum ;=>
If you go to the thread I started when I introduced myself to the forum, you will find tons of useful advice from members that gave advice and links. All useful.