Originally Posted by p435
I would not consider a motor-sailor.
Reason: Distances are large and using the engines become expansive, a motor-sailor is not a good sail boat.
I live on one and would go again for a cat. 5 years after the decision for a cat we still consider it as a good one.
Reasons: There is space for you and if family and friends will come, there is also lots of space. Boat does not roll like a single hull and this makes it more comfortable when at anchor.
I would definitely consider a large motorsailer or even a straight out "real" trawler
Catamarans can be incredibly expensive as are sails, wire, masts etc and to successfully carry a big cruising load (months worth of food
, tonnes of water
and fuel, large tenders, big outboards, diving gear
, big solar
, spares etc etc ) yet still actually produce 7+ knot
averages require a LARGE version of, more expense.
(I have owned and built catamarans)
Motorsailers and real trawlers and their displacement
hulls can suck up a lot of weight.
Usually far lower buy in price
buys a lot to a lifetime in fuel and maintenance
Observations over decades of cruising is that sailing vessels spend a lot of time motoring anyway and in the last 5 years with boomers selling up and buying
into new condomarans, I can honestly say a sail on them is a rare sight, even when running downhill.