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Old 13-09-2015, 10:39   #1
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I知 headed to Annapolis, Cat Shopping 2015

I am preparing to spend the next season of my life circumnavigating on a catamaran. Just booking my trip to the Annapolis Sailing Boat show is an opportunity to see as many cats within my budget (200 to 400k) in one place as possible.

I have a working wish list of options and features, suffice to say I知 seeking a safe, comfortable boat rigged for short handing.

I致e been inclined towards daggerboards over keels as I致e heard this has a substantial impact on the ability to sail windward, as well as being able to enter more shallow waters. I need to learn more about this matter as it pertains to both performance and safety in rough seas.

Protected helm I will be wanting to explore higher latitudes. I will want at a minimum a rigid windshield rather than vinyl with excellent visibility for single handed watches.

All together I知 looking for the best blend of safety, performance and comfort at a price I can afford with a vessel that has good resale in case I decide to bail out or upgrade.

Anybody who has any suggestions about how to make the most of this trip to Annapolis towards my objective of finding the best maiden for my plan I welcome your thoughts.

I'd love to meet some new friends at this show - if you're going and feel like saying hey, give a shout, let's swap sail tales
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Old 13-09-2015, 17:47   #2
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Re: I知 headed to Annapolis, Cat Shopping 2015

With your budget, requirements, and expectations, I suggest your time in Annapolis is best spent looking at used boats.


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Re: I知 headed to Annapolis, Cat Shopping 2015

A Seawind 1160-1250 would be a good potential.

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Re: I知 headed to Annapolis, Cat Shopping 2015

I too went to the boat show">Annapolis boat show to prepare for my 'next chapter', i.e. retirement.
I have similar goals and a similar budget, but wasn't considering a Cat until Annapolis.
Now, I'm intrigued by the idea. I've gone from a focus on a few very specific 40-50 foot monohulls to considering a Cat, and now have almost decided that the Cat is the way to go.
Having similar requirements and wish list, I'd like to compare notes. Which Cats are you seriously considering, and why?
What major learning points did you leave Annapolis with?

Best of luck in your search!
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