Originally Posted by MMNETSEA
Welcome to Cruiser Log
Interested in your choice of a Catamaran to be your new home - how did you decide on size ?
Thank you guys for the welcome. Initially I went into the choice of sailing yachts with an open mind but after some walking on and off yachts, speaking to others and using the net (google is a wonderful thing) I decided on a Catamaran.
I like the idea of the extra stability, open areas above and the fact that I can get galley up. I did consider older model Motorsailers as they were more affordable but they didnt seem to have what I was looking for. I went back to the catamarans. As for size,I will be sailing singlehanded (unless my current circumstances change)and was advised on more than one occasion by Cat owners that the ideal size would be between 35' and 42'.
As for makes, models etc I am driven by price,realising you will often get what you pay for, so will probably have to look at an older catamaran. I dont want the fastest boat on the ocean but do want reliability and a boat that can handle things and ride well if Im caught out wide and the weather gets nasty.
I have considered Prouts,Leopards, Fountaine Pajots and Lagoons. I will be leaving Australia soon to work in the Pacific Islands so will continue my search there.
It is going to be a lifestyle change for me and one that will take me into retirement when the time comes. I have no fixed time frame in mind and will let the wind, tides and health dictate.
I look to learn from others more experienced and Im sure I will get a lot out of these forums.
Thank you again for your welcome.
Smooth Sailing and fair winds