Originally Posted by Brian T
Yeah that was one of the big draws for me when I found the Gemini... it has many of the advantages of a catamaran, however with 14' beam it can fit in standard slips and get hauled out anywhere
The narrow beam will also mean that it can go places that beamier cats can't - like the French canals all the way to to the Med.
And don't take some of the comments about multihulls not being Bluewater cruisers seriously. For some reasons there are certain Cat and Monhull people who have only contempt the other side's boats. Just like some dog lovers can't understand why people love cats and vice versa. Just look at any list of great blue water
cruisers and you will see Wharrams and Prouts and countless other MH's that have made innumerable circumnavigations.
I think that your adventure sounds fantastically exciting and the way that you are gong about it is great. I made the same decision when I was about 32 and I am only about to embark on it now .... 17 years later! So, I feel your joy! good luck.
I should tell you that, although headroom
was a big priority for me, it was / is secondary to the more critical matter of how easy the boat is to singlehand. I ruled out cats straight away since the idea of taking a big single
prop cat, with huge windage, into a crowded marina in a big blow is scary. So, I decided that it would be no cat for me. Just a fin keel
monohull that liked to reverse.
But then heart overtook head
and I am hoping to close the deal on a catamaran next week!
A Prout Snowgoose 35. It was love at first sight!
Even if I am a dumb so and so, I would still suggest that you give a bit of thought to what you need from a single
hander, though. Any boat can be set up to improve singlehandability and there is a recent separate thread on here about 'the best cat to singlehand' which you would probably find interesting.
Having proven that I am unable to follow my own advice, I would suggest something which maybe, just maybe, I got right. On the advice of a friend, I bought an old boat a few years and tried to learn about all the maintenance
tasks that I hope will come in handy to stretch my budget
and keep me away from a windowless office for a bit longer. I also found that it taught me alot about what I did and didn't want for my 'dream boat'.
You have a great dream and you are making it come true. Congrats, good luck and may fair winds speed you on your way.
Keep us posted on your journey.