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Old 30-08-2020, 08:28   #1
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FP Saba 50 v Sanya 57

In the process of selecting a liveaboard catamaran for family of one adult and two children ( age 12 and 9 ).

I keep coming back to these two catamarans, partly due to the upper lounge deck and exterior helm station.

Aside form the master birth, the Sanya has a little extra room in the saloon, larger sofa, but slightly smaller cockpit.

I would welcome peoples comments, experience with these two catamarans.

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Old 30-08-2020, 19:33   #2
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Re: FP Saba 50 v Sanya 57

This looks like 3 people ?
Many would say get the smallest boat that you think is just big enough
Plenty have been around the world on a 40 ft Cat
50 -> 57 ft Cat might be kinda big for a single handed sailor
I say test charter these boats to get a better idea of what you can handle

Ah, you do not say that you want to travel, maybe it is to live at dock or anchor ?
In that case, get the biggest
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This looks like 3 people ?
3 people.

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Ah, you do not say that you want to travel, maybe it is to live at dock or anchor ?
In that case, get the biggest
To travel.

The boat will be our home for the foreseeable future.
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Old 31-08-2020, 02:57   #4
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Re: FP Saba 50 v Sanya 57

As what was said, you best charter. Start with a 40 footer then next try the 50 footer. But IMO a 50 cat is a monster. If you really wish to have that much room, and you basically are a single hander, then consider switching to power - to a trawler, a true displacement model.
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Re: FP Saba 50 v Sanya 57

Having been on both of these boats and knowing your only a family of 3 Id highly recommend just staying in the FP family and getting a Helia 44. Way big enough and more manageable. We chartered one for a week in the Abacos and loved it. Get an owners version and youll be all set!
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Re: FP Saba 50 v Sanya 57

As ol970, check out the Helia 44. The owners version with three cabins is very nice. A friend has the owners version of the Lipari 41 and it is very nice as well.

We did a charter at CYOA out of St. Thomas of a 4-cabin Helia 44 with 10 people. Lots of room!

The Saba 50s are VERY nice with lots of room to entertain. We have been on one with 20+ people for cocktails and there was no crowding.

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