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Electric Propulsion

Started by Stephen Phillips. Last reply by Stephen Phillips Mar 24, 2010. 5 Replies

Looking for a multihull

Started by Marlene A. Sassaman. Last reply by Andrew N. Vasilenko Feb 27, 2010. 3 Replies

The Cuba Run 2010... as seen on Sailing Anarchy

Started by JAWS aka John A Webster. Last reply by Marlene A. Sassaman Feb 25, 2010. 1 Reply

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Comment by Marlene A. Sassaman on October 21, 2009 at 9:10pm
Send me plane tickets. . .
Comment by Ocean Jedi on June 19, 2009 at 1:10pm
For an upscale catamaran at a reasonable price, take a look at ballotta's website.
Comment by Daniel on May 2, 2009 at 12:09am
I am on a journey to own a cat and live aboard...thanks for this area where I can learn from those who have been there and done that....First, taking further sailing instruction and small diesel maintenance, then we'll see....
Comment by Capt. Bob on January 3, 2009 at 6:59pm
My wife and I live in Fort Pierce, Fl. We sail a 27 Stiletto. Looking to move up to a larger cat and live aboard. We sail often having Sun Dog behind the house.
Comment by keith on January 3, 2009 at 11:22am
I bought my admiral 38 in the BVI's in 2005 and is currently berthed at Brunswich Landing Marine, Ga. I'm In the middle of refitting her out for my retirement, I also may be looking and moving up to a lagoon.
Comment by Stuart Bell on December 3, 2008 at 4:14pm
We sailed our 43' Voyage from Cape Town through the Caribbean and around the US - visiting Cuba twice (legally), visiting Houston a few times, Cape Cod once and so on. With 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, a washer/drtyer and most every other comfort she seemed like home to me. Unfortunately I didn't have the only vote.

We now own a home on land (dirtdweller), and Gemini 3400 - not as much luxury as the voyage but a capable boat for the Keys, Bahamas and the islands to Trinidad.

Compared to a monohull - it is hard. We left Cape Town in 35+ knots and saw 20 to 30' seas during the trip - nearly never missed a meal - and ate off of hand painted ceramic dishes. For well under $400k, I could have purchased a capable monohull in the 40 to 50' range and sailed the same route - the boat and crew would have done just fine.

But the space, privacy, storage, deep freezer and separate refrigerator, and washing machine make the catamaran my vote.

I must be honest - loading the boat up as we did (2.5 months of frozen food), we seldom made over 6 knots - expected 5 knots and while the trip from Brazil to Barbadow averaged 210 miles/day, it was uncomfortable in that much wind and spray.

You don't get something for nothing - but there are many more choices in a catamaran.

I bought my present boat in restorable condition for $40k - never missed a scheduled day on the water while doing the restoration - and now have about $58k into her.
Comment by Scott W on October 27, 2008 at 3:05pm
Dean
We should probably make this a discussion topic, I've owned both Mono's and Multi's and at present own a 2007 Fountaine Pajot Mahe 36. I will never go back to a monohull having had the time to cruise on "Oceanview". I think the main reason that you see a lot of mono's is that they have been around a lot longer than the multi's and they cost less to purchase and maintain (remember you have 2 engines instead of one, but that also means you have redundancy encase you loss one of the engines). They sail faster (if you don't load them down) but don't point to windward as high as a mono. You also don't feel the boat the same way you do a mono so you need to use the instruments more, and reef sooner rather than later. Once you get comfortable with sailing a multi you will be a convert.
Comment by Dean W. Martin on October 16, 2008 at 10:56pm
my wife and I dream of having a sailboat in the Carribbean in the near future to use as a cruiser during shoulder seasons up here in ID. Maybe 6-8 weeks at a time. We are torn between the livability of the multihull and the traditional sailing experience of the monohull. Most of the cruisers we saw this spring in the Windwards were monohull boats, charters were multihulls. Do any of you have a reason? What do you see as the pros and cons of having a multihull as a home on the sea versus a monohull. we have chartered both and enjoyed the room of the catamaran immensely but there must be some reason for the preponderance of monhullls owned by cruisers. dwm
Comment by Richard Mansfield on October 3, 2008 at 7:12am
good morin. I joined seaknot a couple of days ago. And this morin I found multihulls. I have a 35 foot Island Packet Cat. Nice Boat I was a monohull guy for years. after i got the GARI the first thing I said to myself was wow I will be going 9 knots all the time. I found out that, that was not true. 30 knots of wind and she will move at 9. My crusing speed is about 6 knots. 20 knots of wind. I do enjoy the shollow draft. I took her to the Bahamas 2 years ago and learnt off shore sailing again. This year we are heading to the keys Is any one heading that way from the bay? I hope to leave around the 29 th. of Oct. from Solomons MD> I hope to here from another multie. safty in numbers Rich
Comment by Tom on August 27, 2008 at 10:15am
Hello multihull Group. We (the bank, the Admiral (wife) and I) own a 1988 Gemini Cat. #219. berthed in st augustine FL
 

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