Hello all -
I am in the process of trying to select a cruising catamaran for extended (indefinite) cruising.
While I don't have a per se plan for circumnavigation, it's not out of the question, so I need a very seaworthy boat.
I will be cruising with my wife, my daughter (who will be around 10 years old when we set out) and possibly my son, who is a good bit older, so he may already be off at college or whatnot when we set out. So, I need a fairly spacious boat.
Those are the needs: safety, build quality, and space.
I would *like* a boat that handles easily, beaches well, and has a relatively shallow draft for exploring thin water coves/anchorages.
I can't just jump out there and say that money is no object; I can, however say that money is a much smaller consideration than safety and space.
I am, as of now, leaning heavily towards a Dean 441. I was wondering if anyone here has personal knowledge of this model or of Dean cats in general.
Also, I am more than willing to learn; if anyone has a better suggestion than Dean, I would be very glad to hear it.Thanks in advance.