I am in the same boat (sorry about that), I have been looking for a bout six months, researching cats under US$125,000 for liveaboard
, potentially single
handed cruising and ideally, eventually, circumnavigation
. Some of the things I have been looking at specifically are:
Beam: 15’ is cheaper to haul out
and keep in a slip than larger ones. I don’t know where the line is drawn, I don’t think there is a hard and fast number for this, so I have been aiming for 15’-16’.
Ability to be sailed single
Good for blue water
I think I’d prefer a trampoline than a solid deck
, I have heard that there is a possibility of “slapping” in rougher seas making for a difficult time sleeping even at anchor
Sugar scoops are preferable as I will be doing some diving
Main sail lazy jack system.
If it already has solar/wind power that’s great.
I have spent the last 51 years running around as fast as I can. Speed of the boat is helpful, but not too important me.
These are some of the results of my research in no particular order.
: Good boats, the only ones in my price range are in really bad condition and I’m not willing to put in that much effort.
36 MkII LRC: Built for shorthanded long range cruising. Beam is wider than I’d like (18’ 3”). Solid boat and manufacturer. (See https://www.boats.com/reviews/perry-...review-pdq-36/
Prout (Event, Snowgoose, Manta): The Snowgoose was my number one for a long time. It has a long history of blue water
sailing single and shorthanded, narrow beam, the only down side in my opinion is the solid foredeck and the lack of sugarscoops. (See https://www.katamarans.com/prout-snowgoose-37/
Athena 38: Love everything about the boat, but the beam is very wide (20’ 8”). It is still edging in on being my number one choice at the moment. The layout is beautiful with lots of light.
105Mc: I see loads of them for sale
. There is long range cruiser model, but I can’t find it at the moment, although I may be confusing it with the PDQ
LRC. It is a good boat and affordable.
That’s not nearly an exhaustive list, just where my head
is at while pondering the same issue as yourself. I will be looking to buy in around two – two and a half years.
Good luck, keep us informed.
Informative advice is always good, but good advice isn’t always informative.
Originally Posted by dowlo
I'm new here and looking for a new adventure to get some joy for life back and I figured buying a catamaran and sailing in to the sunset would do that for me.
I have $AUD 150,000 so I was wondering what you would recommend. Initially I would plan to learn by sailing around Australia and then I'd want to make my way to Indonesia when the world allows it. After that who knows. I have been told that for blue water sailing 37ft is recommended?
I am new to this world and any advice or tips is greatly appreciated.