In my opinion while both of these are quality built boats they suffer from a problem common to many catamarns. They are too HEAVY. It depends on what your priorities are. Are you are more concerned with having 2 or 3 heads and 3 or 4 queensize beths, a huge bridedeck cabin
, and taking it all along with you? Or do you value performance? These cats while very comfy will barely if at all be able to outsail a modern performance monohull
. I am not knocking these boats, they make great cruisers but just don't expect sparkling performance from them especially in light air. If this is not a major concern then these boats or any of the other charter
industry derivative cats would be a good choice. If you are coming from a monohull
it will be like Dorothy stepping into Oz. Coming from the trimaran
end of the spectrum the performance of these "charter cats" does not impress me but I do envy the space and creature comforts.
If you value performance check out the Atlantic series by Chris White, the Outreamer line built in France
, or designs by the Australians like Tony Grainger, Ken Schionning, and Lock Crowther.
Reguardless of which way you go a few things you should look for are a high bridgedeck clearance (at least 24 iches) and clean lines in the tunnel. The hulls on some cats flare out just above the waterline in the tunnel. Aside from increasing interior
space all it does is hurt performance and make the boat
noisier underway and at anchor
due to wave action.