Originally Posted by Ethereal
Typo or predictive spelling ! Sorry...
Monohull > catamaran = predictive spelling?!
And since when do all cats have 2 engines?
I'm a monuhull kinda gal. I've been on only a few cats, and I didn't like them much to be honest.
When it comes to the sailing, they have their pros and cons, just like monohulls. As liveaboards, I think the modern cats (Lagoons etc.) look way too "Ikea" and plastic inside - nothing that makes me feel at home, so to speak.
But -- that is just my personal (lack of) taste. And: the same is true for a lot of modern monohulls as well. You just notice it way more (or, I do anyway) when on a cat, due to the size of the salon
In my personal opinion, there are some beautiful monohulls out there. I've never, ever seen a beautiful cat. Just less ugly ones
But .. as much as I prefer monohulls, I am currently looking at some older, small Prouts. Nothing much to look at -as in, I love the lines of my current
boat, and there's nothing
beautiful about a Prout- but with only a few more feet in hull
length I would have so much more living space ...
The Ohlson is a pretty fast & good boat to sail, and she'll definitely do better sailing upwind. But looking at comfort and living space, even a little old Prout (32' ish) beats my current
boat. No doubt.
And since cruising is pretty much sailing from anchorage to anchorage, those two aspects become more important then sailing upwind. Even the real miles (like a month long ocean crossing) are downwind, so I see no reason not to compromise on upwind sailing abilities.
The different makes & models of cats all have their pros and cons, just like the different monohulls. And whatever boat you buy, it'll always be a compromise. Especially for living aboard
comments which boil down to "all cats suck" or "all monohulls suck" is pretty much saying they lack the ability to look at all the different makes & models and their pros and cons. And exactly what is a pro or con doesn't just depend on the boat, but also on how the boat will be used, and by whom.
I grew up on both sail and powered boats. I've always had sailboats - from small little racers to larger cruisers. I love my little Ohlson, much prefer monohulls, but for the cruising years I am considering a small cat. After that, back to a monohull for local sailing and when I'm too old & tired to sail, I'll buy myself a big, ugly powered boat and enjoy the space and comfort that has to offer.
My perfect boat is the one I can afford (that rules out about 99,9% of boats, haha), and offers me the best compromise on my current needs. And as my life changes, so will my needs ... and with that, the boats I'll be living on. It's that simple.