Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Portugal, West Coast
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Cruising Catamarans Offshore
I confess my total ignorance about catamarans but...
Last summer I was cruising the West Coast of Spain, the weather was kind of ugly, for summertime, nothing special, 25 to 35 knots of wind and 3 or 4 meters waves. I entered the sheltered waters of a "Ria" to spend the night and finished grounded. My family (two of them badly seasick all day) wanted very badly a marina, to stay for some time, till the sea calmed dawn.
At dinner time, we have seen a cat sailing out of the marina. It was a nice cat, not one of those fat ugly things, but a 40ft (or more) sleek thing, with a full crew. I have made some comments, something like :"see, those guys don''t get seasick nor scared...They are going at night and you don''t want to go in the daylight".
Bad move...They capsized during the night...They were all rescued, but the boat was lost.
It took me almost one week to take my family out of that marina....
Garyp, have you considered the Southerly boats? They have a very good reserve stability, something that is not usual in that kind of boats, and can sit on a beach.