We are considering buying a catamaran for the most common reasons people do ...
(no heeling, room inside, view from the salon, faster if not overloaded, etc...)
We (my wife and myself) want to leave for longer periods (a few months) or even switch to liveaboards.
What boat around the $50k mark do you think would be suitable?
We know the smaller boats will not carry much weight, a boat too big will not be easy to single-hand in case of injury of me or my wife (which can happen).
We have been looking for quite a while and know there will be compromises...
Things we would like :
- easy singlehanded
- good sailing capabilities (if this means working with centreboards, no problem...)
- decent size double bed (not the saloon table)
- shower inside or room to install one
- no too heavy, meaning we don't need to motor too much in light winds...
Things we don't like :
- the need to get back outside from the salon to enter the hulls (sailing in colder regions) (we know this eats up space in the salon)
- low nacelles, short steep waves = pounding
We don't like some designs even though they might be very practical...
We can live without standing headroom in the salon if this is what it takes... (but if we can stand there too, great !)
Some boats we have been researching... Sailcraft Iroquois (too bad the hulls are narrow meaning beds are too small to be called doubles), Suncat 30 (expecting feedback from seller), Hobart 900, Sea Cat34, some Prout's Quest31/33, Cité d'Aleth (inquiry sent, no feedback yet), etc...
Any other boats we should definetely look at ?
Any of these should be considered a no-go ?
Any hints on where to search for boats ? (been extensively looking on the internet but hints are always welcome...
: if you happen to see a nice one for sale somewhere we would appreciate you tell us !!!
Thanks for any input / feedback !!!!