Originally Posted by MARC D
At the beginning, we were looking at catamarans for the space and light but after visiting some, we were very disappointed with the quality in general and system installation
, specially the ease of maintenance
This year we went to Annapolis
for the second time and what I have seen of the new catas just confirm that...
So we wandered thru used boat
and fell in love with a Hallberg-Rassy 43. What a difference in quality compared to middle-priced catas!!!
I have heard that there is a lot of boats for sale
in FL and we will probably travel there in Jan or Feb to end our shopping (unless we already own one).
I will drop you a line if I need your FL buddy!
Good luck in your refit and hope to see you on the water!
Sounds like you have done your homework already. Hallberg Rassey is a great boat. I don't think you would go wrong with that choice. If I had had a larger budget
when I bought mine the H-R would have been on the list. My only concern with the H-R is most come with teak
decks. I've had teak
decks and love them and hate them. Will stick to glass for now.
I'm sure you will get a lot of opinions about the relative merits of one hull
vs two. I would agree that, as you find, you would have to spend a lot more for a cat than a monohull
to get equivalent quality. Some other negatives for me are
- limits on docking
, hauling, spots where you fit
- trickier handling in tight spaces, especially with a strong breeze blowing
- they do sail flat (ie don't heel) but I prefer the smoother motion of a monohull
to the jerky motion of a cat, especially upwind.
There are a lot of boats in FL for sale
but also a lot in the NE. They are just spread out a little more, from NYC
to Long Island
to CT to RI to ME. FL 90% of the boats are in Miami/Lauderdale (close enough that they can count and one location) and Tampa/Clearwater.
Let us know how the search goes.