Originally Posted by bljones
You're right, CA- Westsails are a good big water heavy weather boat. If one's intent is to work down the east coast and then the Bahamas and the caribbean, as the OP has stated, then there's lots of duck-out points, so I'd put less of a premium on weather ability and more on comfort and speed.
A slow cat is going to be at least 1.5 times as fast as a West Sail, and IMO is more welcoming to newbies- less heel, easier to work on deck, etc.
I am surprised at how civil this thread has remained.
Ya, I only get worked up about anchor's and chain.
I'm just going on the things he listed, and a good weather boat that was roomy for as much as 5, coupled with his admition of new to off shore called for a big cat. he said he was weary of multi's, so a big snail seamed to me the next best thing. I agree with the less heel, easier work on deck. They do tend do be lightly built. I could probably kick my way out through the bulkhead of my friends new french catamaran, and then there is CD's take on dockage. I was just sitting on the back of a tug boat in Miami harbour a few min. ago, watching cruising sail boats come and go, and ya know what, there all pretty dang good realy. I've alway's been able to get comfy on just about anything that floats. He was actually asking what is the smallest he could get away with. He his wife, occasionaly his 2 daughters. Maybe a 35 foot center cockpit something or other. That aft cabin gives the owners the privacy from the guests and vice versa.