Kelly, I am strictly a coastal sailor also. I politely say to you and your hubby that you need to get some experience before laying your hard earned nest egg into a boat. Boats are one of the hardest things on this planet to sale
. Yes they can be sold
if all the stars align in the right quadrant. What you buy a boat for and what it sales for can be very different things. I guess I am just saying be very careful with money
... easy to blow and hard to come by. The joke everyone knows on this forum is this: BOAT= an acronym that means ‘Bring On Another Thousand’. Kelly, you will soon understand that it is painfully... the truth. Boats are ridiculously expensive. How handy are you and the hubby with doing many repairs
, maintenance, and installations? If not... what a steep learning
curve you have. Anything can be done if you have the will, time, and money
Cats, and I am am a multihull
sailor, are very wide. Which creates docking
expenditures. You are now working with two wetted hulls with all that entails. Two engines, props, sail drives (usually), below the waterline maintenance and anti fouling
. You have to be aware ... VERY... of bridge deck clearances. You have no idea what it is like to slam that bridge deck into the waves every 30 seconds or less. It is misery I can’t even explain. Once you’ve experienced you will never want that shizzle again.
Cats and trimarans do not have lead keels for counterbalance of rigging
aloft. They use the beam of the boat for counterbalance. Which means they can be blown over in certain sea/ wind
states. Monos just heel over. It means that you have less time to react to microbursts and unsettled weather
. You must be more conservative and be mindful at all times of cat’s Achille’s hill... capsize
. Everything in the sailing world is compromise.
The more stuff you bring into a multihull
the worse it will perform. Weight is very important.
The beauty of Multis is their spaciousness and shallow draft
. With my centerboard
up and rudder
canted up I can draw less than two foot. For exploring and getting to where mono’s can only get to with their dingy... it is the heaven.
I would like you to think about cheaper cats that many coastal sailors love and it won’t cost you an arm and both legs. Look at used Gemini
. They are perfect for the coastal, Bahama, and Keyes.
I have one other suggestion. My approach ... because I know my age and finances would allow me to do it more comfortably... think about trailering a boat. Why? Because you can trailer
that boat to any place you want at 65 mph ... even against current
and prevailing wind
. Drop her in and explore for a day, week, or months. Haul her out and store her. I keep my boat down in San Carlos Mexico
on a trailer
. You don’t have a boat sitting in brine growing beards that have to be shaved every month or so. Don’t have to antifoul every season or every couple of years. Pull your boat out and rinse. Or because she is shallow draft
... scrub her on the beach at low tide while you down your Cold Corona. If I want to sail Sea of Cortez
for a couple of months I’ll do it. Weather is now June and getting too hot for an old guy. Spend a day getting boat ready for transportation mode. Drive for 3-4 days over to the Chesapeake Bay
and splunk around their for a month. Take her through the canals up to Lake Ontario
and play around till late August. Drive truck and trailer that was stored in Maryland
up to closest haul out
to the boat. Drive boat back to California
and sail the delta
region on the north eastern edge of San Francisco
I just sailed three -four premiere sailing areas in one year. Due to transportation advantages that a monohull/ multihull, not on a trailer, will never have. My boat is spartan compared to the fat cats or sleek monos. But they will never be able to cover the ground I do.
I have a lavac toilet
, propane stove
, sink with pump water
, Engel 12 volt fridge that I use as a freezer
and a 30 gallon Yeti that I use as a cold box. I have a 10 hp outboard
Listen... I’m not saying my set up is for everyone. Some people need a separate refridge in the cockpit
just to keep their Chardonnay cool. There are people with very large bank acct who sail million dollar cats on YouTube with their model trophy wife, and then there are ordinary folk who get by somehow. There are many ways to skin a cat. Smile