My wife and I caught the cruising bug a couple of years ago with the standard plan of taking our young kids
off for a couple of years. Having little experience a Cat seemed to suit our needs and just seemed, at the time, safer so bought a 35ft Prout as a project
. That project
grew and grew so to get some actual sailing experience we bought a cheap
26ft Westerly and realised hey, maybe monohulls aren’t so terrifying after all! We also really like the more “connected” feel of the mono layout.
Now, this is definitely not another cat vs mono bashing thread, and if we could afford a 45 ft modern cat it’d be no contest, but in our price
and size range we have come to realise that the big belly of a 40 odd ft mono seems to feel much more open than the many but smaller areas on a 35/37 ft cat.
So, to my point. We are now approaching crunch time as we are leaving next spring and have come across a Wauquiez 43 ketch
at a good price
and well equipped. We love the space, feel and storage
but have never sailed a ketch
before,and she is just so BIG and frankly, intimidating. The cat feels more versatile and much easier to handle but we have fallen a little in love with the feel of the mono.
So opinions please, is this just too much boat
for a couple of relative newbies to handle? Thanks