It means that Gord May, who can research
a topic faster than most of us, has welcomed you to participation in the forum.
You're considering two transitions, from monohull
to cat and sail to power. The cat will have much more interior
space than a monohull
of similar length, and a lighter rig for similar space. It will be more stable until you actually capsize
, at which point it will be more stable copper side up than it was gelcoat
up. That's very unlikely, but does happen. Power will mean less work
underway, but new systems to master. A powered catamaran
would mean both the positives and the negatives of having two points of thrust.
So, do you have any plans to try out a few before making this big purchase
? Maybe go to the extreme, and charter
a powered cat? You've got four basic configuations under consideration, and have your experience in one of them. Exploration appeals to me after thinking about it. Have a wonderful time with it.