Originally Posted by Ocean Girl
I sailed a bigger nauticat (36 or 38) from Guatemala
to Isla Mujeras. They do feel I bit top heavy, so you reef early. But they are solid vessels, dont get tossed around. The boat itself was really well put together, and yes very nice to have an almost 360 view of the ocean, I even think it had a big clear sunroof( deadlight) in the pilothouse. Systems were well thought out and easy to get to from what I remember.
Hope that helps
While I don't have S.A.D. (as far as I know! I'm cranky year-around...), I do have a large and well-lit pilothouse in a boat that resembles a steel
, stretched version of the Nauticat 33, with a less varnish-intensive interior
And I would agree with your basic premise. A pilothouse allows four-season sailing and gets you out of the wind
while still permitting control of the boat.
The Nauticat 33 itself looks great, and has a very good reputation. but as has been pointed out, they want a bit of wind
to get going. That said, I am a firm believer that practice and finesse can get any boat going optimally, even a tubby motorsailer
, and that it is quite possible to make it a "sailer-motor", if you catch my drift, by refining one's sailing and refusing to motor
unless sail-only SOG falls beneath 4 knots or some arbitrary and walking-pace-like number.
Frankly, that's the trade-off. Time for comfort!
On the other hand, Nauticats, being appealling to retirees unreconciled to trawler
purchases, command a premium (like C&Cs, still) beyond what may be their intrinsic worth. You may wish to cast a farther net for a pilothouse sloop
that will meet your needs and yet be a boat your family
can grow into. The price
of a Nauticat could buy a lot more boat...along with a larger pilothouse. Mine has a dayberth and two pilot berths, meaning it's the most popular spot aboard!