Ok, put a deposit down on one but in less than a couple of months I shall be the proud owner of a 1994 Catalac
My search for a suitable liveaboard
/ cruising boat
has covered virtualy all types,
Modern monohulls - Hunter
ketches - Colvic Victor 40, etc.
monohulls - Moody 37/40
Multihulls - Catalac
9m/10m, Prout quest, Gemini
105m, Dean 365
I'd come to the conclusion that a catamaran
was the ideal package for me, combining light and airy living accomodation, stable anchoring
and ease of handling but up until a week or so ago, I'd virtualy written off the idea as they were either too old (Catalac 9m's, Prouts, etc) or too expensive, (Gemini 105, Fountaine Pajot
Then I came accross a fantastic Catalac 900 in the UK. These are basicaly the old Catalc 9m that was built upto the early 80's that were put back into production in the mid 90's. They only made about 25 in total so are pretty rare and combine the old 9m's great layout with a much updated design and spec by replacing the old leaky aluminium windows with modern tinted plastic ones, extended saloon headroom
, fully enclosed helm
, proper pressurised hot water
system and shower
, etc. All this for about half what I've sold
my flybridge for so plenty in the budget
to upgrade for proper cruising.
She's coming out for survey
in June and then a certain regular forum member
here will be helping me deliver her down to southern Spain
so I should have have her by early July, can't wait!!