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Old 12-04-2007, 16:28   #1
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Greetings from Channel Islands

Just a quick intro of my boat, family and self to the group. We currently have a Catana 39S catamaran, this after sailing monohulls for years, most recently our Peterson 33 ( I still miss this boat, old IOR design but quick). The Catana will be the cruising boat, as soon as I can sell my architecture firm my family and I, ( wife and four kids, ages 6, 8, 11, 14 ) will take off to see the world. The reason I went with a multi-hull was to get the same space in a mono hull the boat would have to be sixty feet long. Look forward to seeing you all out on the water.

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Old 12-04-2007, 16:47   #2
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Hey, West Coast Cat, welcome aboard . . .

. . . and here I thought I was the only one out there devoted to catamarans!

You're a fortunate man, indeed, if you get what you want out of selling your firm, and can enjoy a world cruise aboard one of the great catamarans with your family. They are the perfect ages, in my view, to really appreciate the adventure.

Are you going to cruise down the coast of Mexico, then jump off for the Marquesas? Or perhaps head straight over to Hawaii, then into the South Pacific? You could even go all the way down to the Galapagos before jumping off, and I know the young ones would love the Galapagos.

I doubt our wakes will cross any time soon, but I wish you the best. If you're going to put up a website detailing your family's adventures, be sure to let us know here. It's always fun to read what others are doing.


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Old 12-04-2007, 17:12   #3
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Welcome WCC:

I plan on taking wife and two kids down the coast from SF to Mexico and then beyond. We are planning on doing this in late 2008. Good luck and keep us informed.
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Old 12-04-2007, 17:39   #4
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West Coast Cat - Welcome to the board and "howdy neighbor".
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Old 12-04-2007, 18:12   #5
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Plan to head south when I am able, hang out in the sea of cortez till spring, then continue south at whatever pace my wife and kids can handle, we will do the Galapagos, I would like to go back to coast then down to Easter Island, but may make the jump from the Galapagos. No schedule yet, I have to sell the business or find someone to take it over, I have work scheduled for the next two years, and as long as I stay I have to keep taking on new work, mortgage, slip fees, wife and kids wanting to live indoors and eat everyday, etc. - a cycle I don't know how to break, plan "B" is to sell my house ( which my wife does not want to do ). Plan "C" is the Lotto.
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Old 12-04-2007, 23:40   #6
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West Coast Cat,
hi, welcome, couple of quick questions. What year is your boat, and what does a vessel like that run, ballpark? I'm currently looking and have been debating on mono vs. multi, as I plan to live aboard, and cruise the caribbean, and maybe the Pacific as well. I've been looking at a bunch of boats, then started considering multis. They do seem to offer a lot more room but also seem a lot more expensive. If I won the lottery, I'ld probably jump on a Lagoon 42 tomorrow, but since that's unlikely, what kind of multi could one get for around 125K?? Anything decent?

Anyone else can chip in here as well. Thanks for the info.

ps, where do you keep the boat? I'm at Ventura harbor pretty frequently..
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Old 13-04-2007, 10:29   #7
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Greetings also from the Channel Islands

4 kids aboard, I think going for the space was a good idea!

Happy cruising
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Aloha West Coast,
Welcome aboard!! Hope you enjoy the forum as much as I do.
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Welcome also WCC,
Great plans and look forward to hearing more as you get them underway.

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