A little intro: I'm 45 years old, I have extensive technical expertise and a budget
of roughly 900,000 USD for a brand new cat.
Here's the problem. I wish to live at sea. I have the experience, the training
, but I don't know much about the boat
building industry, which puts me at risk to get fleeced.
Here's what i do NOT
need but everyone is trying to sell me:
- Luxury accommodations, laminated oak panels
and marble countertops.
capability with 4 cabins (I plan to sail solo or with another skipper)
- Basically the cats or boats I trained on
Here's what I actually need:
- A lot of power
galore, inverters, all accessible and easy to access as I have the knowledge to fix them).
- Autonomous water
- Plenty of space, meaning removing all the cabins and replacing them with storage
- Some type of climate control for my computers
and on board scientific equipment
Now, you'd think with almost a million bucks, it would be easy. WRONG.
I contacted a lot of builders, including Bali, who recommended me to Nautitech (because the 44 has a 'smart room').
Everyone i contact tells me "They can't remove the beds, because the factory won't allow for that". Yet youtube is filled with videos of people building custom cats, and the largest manufacturers can't .. take out a few beds and replace them with food
storages? Or accommodate an extra antenna
for my HAM/SDR antenna
array? In the age of starlink? REALLY?
I feel like I'm going in circles, that basically the boutiques hear 'million dollar' and are trying to fleece me.
So I come to you, humble, and ask for help.
Who can you recommend to build something like this? Why is it so hard to get batteries
and PV when there are singaporean companies building solar
cats for less than half a mill? But more importantly, who is the builder
, out there, who will help me make my work
come true by letting me have a cat that has ONE cabin
, and the rest as space for automous living over many years?
I know it's unusual. I know most people want to sip pina coladas on their deck
. But surely what i want to do is possible, right?
Thank you so much.