Originally Posted by BruceBarnes
I am planning on selling everything and doing the whole permanent cruising thing. I have a budget of 250k for the boat. Is that enough for a good all around cruising boat? I would like to start my cruise through the Bahamas and Caribbean to get my feet wet. Then I would like to cross the pond and spend a year in the Mediterranean, and who knows after that. I have mostly sailed Monohulls, except for goofing around on Hobie 16s. The idea of a cat is interesting for all the space it affords. Then again, the idea of a boat that could flip and stay flipped is not that appealing. I am fairly open to different ideas, the requirements are safe, spacious, blue water boat. Suggestions?
That is basically what we did.
The issue with cats in my opinion is the slapping on the bridge, as mentioned above their slower performance due to cruising-weight, but more importatly their inability to get a slip in the more desirable areas. Where slips are a premium, you may find it hard to find a place to put that thing. However, I would give a cat serious consideration.
What would be a good monohull is a heck of a long discussion. I would emphasize comfort at anchor... but comfort is a different thing for different people. If you want to discuss how many of you will be going (wife? Kids?) we might have some suggestions. It has to be an exciting time for you! It was/is for us!