Originally Posted by camaraderie
Phyllis...you just suggested on another thread that someboody buy a catamaran for a fast passage around Cape Horn and the entire southern ocean. Here you claim that the BEST catamaran you've ever seen is completley unsuitable----so which is it...suitable for around the world or too cheap to even consider?
Sorry. I lost track of the original poster's comment (didn't see anything about Cape Horn).
Many production, and semi-custom cats, are fully capable of world cruising. No question. And I don't need to tell anyone that the Outremer 45 can make a fast passage.
In this context, when I speak of seaworthiness, I'm not thinking that the Outremer 45, or similar sleeker models are going to fall apart or capsize. I'm referring to the condo-like interior and exterior layouts - just like I said.
Take a good look at the "entry doors" of some of the best sellers. So what happens if one of those huge plexiglass sliding doors comes flying off its flimsy tracks in a storm? You get wet, very wet. You don't sink. Not with two hulls.
Even with a huge cockpit full of water, you're not gonna sink. But who wants to retire aboard a cruiser like that? No me. I wouldn't have a door like that on my house, let alone a "world cruiser".
They're made to sell to the Island hopping, party-hardy crowd. I understand that. I'm one myself. What makes them attractive are the washer/dryers, the home-style refrigerators, the huge 1970's era circular sofas (with bright red fabric), and the other Hugh-Hefnerish accoutrements. Perfect for a vacation.
As the market grows, the 40-45' models will become more refined. It's just a matter of time. When I reach retirement age, they'll be one wating for me. It will have a fridge that opens from the top, and watertight doors. It will have stainless steel opening ports and no plexiglass. It won't look anything like a flying saucer sitting on two canoes.