For what it's worth, a few years ago I went aboard about 20 catamarans at the Annapolis Boat Show
, pretending I was a buyer for a 40ft-ish bridgedeck cabin
boat. There was a lot of rubbish and some good boats.
I was surprised to decide that the FP Belize 43
was the best of the bunch, as that was not the result I was expecting.
Then this year I went to the Sail Pacific boatshow intending to do the same thing. However there were only 3 catamarans on display. Including a FP Mahe. To be honest I thought it was very cheaply built and nowhere near as good a design (as opposed to a build) as the Belize
A far better boat was the Seawind
The other boat was (I think) a Lagoon 42?? In any event it had an owner version interior
which didn't work
very well. No doubt the interior
was better on the charter
I'm not sure what you mean by "best price" Maybe you mean cheapest. But you don't buy the cheapest car when you buy the car of your dreams. Nor the cheapest house. Nor even the cheapest stereo.
So please decide what you would like and then go for quality. If you cannot afford the quality you want at the size you want, then go for a smaller boat that has what you need (as opposed to want).
I spent 5 years cruising my 32ft Eclipse and that was plenty big enough for 2 people.
Hope this helps
Richard Woods of Woods Designs
Woods Designs Sailing Catamarans