So here I am thinking about building my own catamaran
I ruled out the second hand market for me. Catamaran
of my size are few and I found those I looked at old and worn out.
You end up fixing / replacing other people's problems. At the end you spend hundreds of hours, lots of money
and still own an old boat
. Real bargains are rare as everywhere.
Use: Some local cruising in the North / Baltic
sea. Then take off for "extended holidays" of 1 or maybe 2 years in the Carribean
with wife and two small kids
(5 & 6 years on departure). No intention to go much further. I'd like to keep the boat
after the trip for holiday cruising and if time / money
allows another trip (??).
One double, plus a double or two singles for the kids
, a bridgedeck saloon
(not for the tropics but here!), a separate heads compartment, acceptable galley
. Additional berths would only be used for storage
, no intention to take guests for more than one or two days. No need for luxuries, we can hapily live an "ehanced camping lifestyle".
The cat needs to be large enough to do the job, carrying the provisions for 2+2 for 4 weeks. Acceptable performance to windward. Shoal draft
. Be single
Simple construction with simple materials. Flat panels
where it fits for speedy build, curves where windage or good looks require them. Two small outboards for tight quarters.
Small enough to be and remain affordable - both in terms of money and maintenance
time. I prefer sailing to maintenance
or wage slavery work
. So smaller and simpler is better. My inteded size is 28-30 ft, or 8.5-9 meters.
Basically I came to two designs:
Woods Sagitta http://www.sailingcatamarans.com/sagitta.htm
Kohler KD860 http://www.ikarus342000.com/P86page.htm
But now I am stuck...
Which one would you prefer?