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Old 15-05-2012, 09:53   #1
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Family of 5 - what make/model catamaran works well?

Hi to all cruising families...
We are an Australian family seriously looking for a production cat in the Caribbean to set sail in 2013 for a gap year. We are trying to avoid an ex-charter and prefer an owner's version however it would be nice to have a cabin for each of the 3 kids aged 7, 11, and 13.
It seems some cats have a small bench seat in the owner's hull that could work as a berth for a young child? The fallback position is to have the younger two share a cabin, which could be very challenging knowing our kids. Please can you share your thoughts on this... and offer any creative solutions!
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Re: Family of 5 - what make/model catamaran works well?

Seems to me your size family would be perfect for either an ex-charter boat or any four cabin cat. Every kid wants his/her own space at times, why go with a 3 cabin owner's version? They always cost more and you need the 4th cabin.
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Re: Family of 5 - what make/model catamaran works well?

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It seems some cats have a small bench seat in the owner's hull that could work as a berth for a young child?
We were thinking of something similar, but no benches that we've seen offer enough space for a 7 yo, plus all their things, plus all their toys, etc.

Some cats have space in the forward lockers in the hull(s) that has been converted into a crew cabin. So if you wanted to stick with an owner's version, you could look for an owner's version with a crew cabin. Just make sure that that cabin can be accessed from the hull and not only from the hatch on deck.
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Re: Family of 5 - what make/model catamaran works well?

Each night ONE child GETS to sleep OUTSIDE...How you choose is the question?
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Each night ONE child GETS to sleep OUTSIDE...How you choose is the question?
And if there is a squall that night, takes care of the shower issue.
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Old 16-05-2012, 04:16   #6
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Re: Family of 5 - what make/model catamaran works well?

Haha! Yes, we will be employing all these strategies, including at times a very long line to the dinghy!
What design configurations work best?
And, what make/model cat do you recommend we look at?
It seems to me most families out there cruising are sailing on cats?
What monos are a workable option?
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Re: Family of 5 - what make/model catamaran works well?

Your info at the moment does not really contain enough data to give a good recomendation.

Catamarans are available with two of the following three options

Cheap
high performance
cruising load + toys capable

I agree with previous comments that going with a state room option and converting a boot cupboard for the youngest is not the best solution. It will also mean that you would soon have to buy a new boat. I strongly recommend going with a four cabin and two toilet boat.

I like the looks and liveaboard capability of the Privilege range, and a 45 in this is a great boat.

A St Francis 44 will provide what you need, and the Knysa is also worth looking at.
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Re: Family of 5 - what make/model catamaran works well?

Thanks for that...
I have also been looking at FP's and Lagoons. The Bahia 46 Owner's Version has a couch that could possibly be used as another berth. The reason I'm interested in a 3 cabin owner's version is for resale value back in Australia. We could put up with some discomfort for a year, otherwise a 4 cabin ex-charter will be the most practical option.
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Re: Family of 5 - what make/model catamaran works well?

From my research, the Lepoard 47 is 1st choice and the Lagoon 421 is second... still wrestling with the ex-charter vs Owner never chartered decision... lots of bucks difference...

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Each night ONE child GETS to sleep OUTSIDE...How you choose is the question?
Silly question. Everyone knows you pick the child you like the least (jk)

Serious, I would have picked the outside had I been the child. In fact, I was that child when we would go to Rock Hall, MD in the summer for the weekend. We would actually fight to get the "bench". I was the oldest, so I always had "dibs"!
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Re: Family of 5 - what make/model catamaran works well?

You want at least two heads and four cabins and headroom, so the smallest to go would be a some 35 feet models that offer this but better look for something in the 40+ range because when cruising you spent 80% of the time lying and you want to have some space to spread out
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