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Re: How do you feel about catamarans?

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Originally Posted by smj View Post
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.
I suspect the slip costs depend on where you cruise and what your beam is. Snook Bight, for example, did not charge more per foot for the cat, but only had two slips. Marathon charged through the nose because they could... there were really no other options!! I have not checked with Key West yet but I suspect similar prices as Marathon.

Lots of good info on this thread. I have enjoyed reading it.

Brian

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