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post #23 of Old 01-12-2005
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Cruising Catamarans Offshore

Check out the Catalac8m. I lived aboard for over a year and cruised to the Bahamas. Nice cruiser 27 ft by 13''10" beam with about 28" draft and 7,000 lbs displacement. It has one outboard that steers with the rudders. I averaged 5 knots for 10,000 miles both sail and motor out cruising. Not a fast boat but a great cruiser with lots of room and built really strong. I once lost a throttle cable when I was nosing into a slip and could not put it in reverse and hit the dock HARD. The result? Two V shaped holes in the dock where the bows hit! No damage to the boat but a minor scratch. Mine cost 27K and I put about 7K more in upgrades to get her out cruising. Had a blast. I know several others who have been living aboard and cruising on these boats for years. The 9m is bigger with a different layout. AND there has not be one documented case of a capsize. I sold her and got back most of my money too. (I built my own cat with the money so I''m a catamaran guy)

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