Originally Posted by Keegan
What kind of cat are you leaning towards buying
I really don't know yet. I am in the exploring phase. I have to charter
a number of cats first with my wife and I have to get to some boat shows. If possible I would like to see some of the factories where they are built, but that is more out of an excuse to travel than a necessity.
I can tell you which boats I really like initially but I don't know how realistic it would be to purchase
one. I really like the GunBoat 48, the FastCat
52 and the Lagoon
57 so far. Remarkably, the Lagoon
50 weighs more than the Lagoon 57! Cats in the upper 40 foot to lower 50 foot range seem to be the sweet spot between comfort and speed versus manageability...but I am not certain of this yet. As I said, I am a newbie to cruising catamarans and simply need to get some sea time on a number of cats before I can make any firm decisions. As far as design specifics go, I am not interested in a fly bridge and prefer a galley
on the bridge deck
. The boat needs to be one that could be singlehanded in an emergency
by my wife such as for a MOB
or if I should become incapacitated.
I don't want a boat with a relatively low bridge deck
height or is a dog to weather
or even off the wind
. Fast is fun, even if it is a bit more uncomfortable and one has to live with fewer amenities. I really like the light weight boats that some builders are producing now with the carbon spars and other structural members. Some of the reviews
on the gunboats are pretty impressive. I don't mind paying some more for some high technology to generate more speed and safety
. There are many more considerations of course.
It's been fun and educational spending a few hours every night doing web searches on catamaran
related articles. This website has been a fantastic resource which has led me to other places on the internet
We plan on doing our first catamaran charter
in the early summer in the pacific northwest
which is only a two hour flight from where we live. Yeah, we could get rained on but that's life. I have read a few articles now about chartering up there and it looks very appealing. The plan is to charter a Lagoon 38 or 42 or perhaps a 44 and sail the San Juan Islands
Next year I want to see the Florida
and the Annapolis
boat shows which apparently have a number of cats. I would like to do some test sails
on whatever boats interest me at the end of the shows.
Next year before hurricane
season, I am thinking of doing a BVI
charter with my brother, a friend and his family
on a larger cat. This will help me get a feel for if a couple really could manage a boat in the upper 40 to lower fifty foot size range. With a total of three adult men
on board it should not be a problem managing a larger cat. Could my wife and I do it?...I hope to get a feel for it then.