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Fishing Catamaran

I posted this on Yacht Forums but I may be a little small for those guys.

I want to go fishing, I donít want to burn fuel from hostile countries and I want to be able to live on the boat.

The venue will be the Sea of Cortez mostly and points south eventually. The fishing will be marlin, sailfish, tuna, dorado, yellowtail, etc. I need a fishing friendly platform.

The idea of using fuel derived from sponsors of terrorism is off the table. I want to use sail power. Iíve seen a couple catamarans that may fit the bill but Iíve only fished sailboats on the east coast. These were monohull, class boats, sailed mostly at club races. In fact, we came in second one Saturday and I managed to pull in two bluefish as a bonus! Fishing technique is a little different from a sailboat and it helps to have plenty of line capacity but Iím sure this can be pulled off successfully with a little practice.

From a quick look at some of the cats out there, Iím thinking something in the 40í to 50í range makes the most sense. Features that look right to me are back stays forward of the transom area, an unobstructed, comfortable area to fish from the back, the tender moved out of the way to the bow, and the traveler located overhead. I donít want a full time crew around. I want to be able to run the boat with a couple pals or my family. Some of the boats built by Voyage, Privilege, Leopard, etc look like they may work out nicely (especially the Leopards). I havenít had a chance to look at everything out there so Iím sure there are more to consider. The best thing is I can charter cats in all shapes and sizes and try them out before I make a commitment.

All the boats Iíve seen have full batten main sails. I think Iíd like to have a reefing or furling main that rolls up into the boom so I can ditch the sails quickly and maneuver with power once a big fish is on the line. Roller reefing jibs appear to be fairly common. For smaller fish like dorado, it would be nice to just dump the sails and drift once hooked up.

I think those trampolines on the fore deck are a waste of space. Why arenít these set up for a tender?

How ugly would it get if I tried to aggressively back down on a fish in a cat? Would it just dig a hole and take on water or would it behave more graciously? It looks like fighting a big fish from one transom step or the other would be almost ideal. I was thinking it would be pretty easy to add a railing so a big fish didnít pull an angler in. I havenít found a location for a fighting chair yet but itís something Iíd eventually have to consider.
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