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Old 18-11-2008, 11:26   #1
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what kind of cat?

Hi. I'm not entirely new here but haven't posted in a long time.

I wonder if anyone can suggest a catamaran for coastal cruising and liveaboard. We have 6 kids, half of them under 10 years (!) and have dreamed for years of selling the business and living on a boat, at least for awhile. My main concerns are safety and privacy for teenage girls. My husband is all about comfort. We aren't sailing purists and have no desire for extreme asceticism. We just want to live together on a boat, be more self-reliant and sail around together for awhile - maybe longer. We currently live in a big house but laugh about the fact that no matter how much space we have, all the kids end up in the same room with us. We're a very close family. That being said, I have no desire to be couped up in a miniscule space all the time with 6 children! (With Capt Bob, my father-in-law, there will be 9 of us aboard full-time. And a dog.)

Not to say that it will be, but - if money weren't an issue, what do you veteran liveaboards think? My husband has some ideas...something about a 65' Yapluka....We definitely know we want a cat. I'm all ears!

Thanks for your suggestions!
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Old 18-11-2008, 15:38   #2
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Old 18-11-2008, 17:12   #3
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Thanks! We don't need all the latest and greatest, just sufficient space and storage - especially for food....eating out with 9 people gets costly quickly!
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Old 18-11-2008, 19:26   #4
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I have lived comfortably on board Exit Only (Privilege 39) with four people long term during our circumnavigation. Based on my experience, I would recommend that you get a HUMONGOUS cat if you are going to have 9 people permanently on board. You need separation of accomodations and privacy, and with that many people it needs to be big.
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Old 19-11-2008, 07:28   #5
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Dave,

My husband now has a new friend! I keep trying to convince him we can do this on a 50' boat. He says no. We're planning to begin road trips to boat shows this year. We've sailed together as a family on several boats, both monohull and cats. Since none of them were fitted for living aboard it's really hard to say, but 47' was too cramped for more than a vacation. I still think we can get some custom stuff done to open up floor space and comfortably live on 50-55', but...Any suggestions on which shows to go to for HUMONGOUS cats? Thanks!

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Maybe you should think custom? This way you can have plans altered some & make things the way you see it. Imagine is cold molded, and was designed for 2 people with occassional guest. We are the second owners. We love our layout, because we are only 2 with occassional guest. This give me a real workshop, and more storage than we can ever use. Look into plans, and builders. There are experienced, and inexpensive builder all over the world. If I was ever going to have another cat built I would go to Asia, and over see the work.......BEST WISHES in wading through the process.....i2f
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Aloha Catherine,
Welcome aboard and happy hunting. Sorry I can't help in your decision making. I'm a monohull, smaller the better kind of guy.
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