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Re: How do you feel about catamarans?
Cruisingdad. Great post and it seems you have a pretty realistic idea on cats and their positives and negatives.
You probably have about the same chance of flipping a cruising cat as you would sinking a monohull. The flipped catamaran always gets a lot of press compared to the sunk mono as there is usually something to photograph.
Definitely a different motion between monos and cats. Some people prefer the motion of the cat, others don't. One of the main reasons we bought our first cat was I wasn't able to handle the slow roll of a mono in an exposed anchorage.
I wouldn't think there is a big speed difference between one of the modern cats built for charter and a monohull built for cruising.
In our 23 years of cat ownership we have never paid more than a mono for a slip.
Costs are definitely higher for a cat foot to foot but there is also a lot more boat.
Visibility is a big one. The fly bridge cats probably have great visibility until they put up the screecher or jib, then.......this to me is something to really check out before buying.