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It would help if you said what kind of sailing you intend to be doing. IF you're just coastal cruising and island hopping, a catamaran might very well be a better choice.
Also, what is your budget??
Some Pros and Cons of a Catamaran:
- More living space than a comparable LOA monohull
- More privacy for living aboard
- Easier to live aboard since the boat stays level—doesn't heel
- Often easier to maneuver than monohulls—especially those with twin engines
- Shallower draft, means you can explore more areas—also good for hiding from hurricanes
- Some catamarans have poor sailing characteristics
- Catamarans are weight sensitive
- Catamarans require different sailing techniques than monohulls.
- Harder to find dock or slip space
- Some have more equipment (two engines) and more maintenance costs
I hope this helps...
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Last edited by sailingdog; 07-18-2008 at 10:10 PM.