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St. Francis Cat?


I'm relatively new to the used boat market and have begun my search for a cat somewhere in the 40-50' range. I intend to cruise the Caribbean primarily and eventually make a crossing to the Med. If anyone has information/opinion on a St. Francis Mark II 44, I would like to hear it.

I'm fairly new to sailing, and would like to find a cat that can easily be handled by 2 or perhaps singlehanded.

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A multi-hull eh ? Hmm....

(Boca Bay - Guadeloupe) Researchers at the University of Florida released the results of a ground-breaking study today. They believe they have definitively answered the question "Is it better to sail a monohull or a multihull ?"

The academics - a group comprising 3 sports medicine experts, a bio-chemist, 2 nutritionists and a kinesiologist - studied a group of 631 people who spent large parts of their lives on sailboats. Of this group 312 sailed monohull boats, and the remaining 319 people were owners or crewmembers on various catamarans and trimarans.

The study subjects were weighed and screened for psychological suitability. In addition, those who self-identified as members of the multihull group were assessed to ensure they possessed sufficient reasoning and spatial theorem processing capability to understand what they were doing.

Diet and types/frequencies of physical exercise were tightly managed by research support workers, for a period of three years, while the sailors went about their normal sailing activities. Regular exertions required to sail and live aboard the various craft were not restricted, and participants were encouraged to conduct themselves as if they were not under observation.

After the three year test period was completed, the following raw data was obtained:

For the group of 312 Monohull sailors: average body-weight had declined slightly, limbs were trimmer and more lithe and supple, teeth were better, smiles were brighter and a General IQ test revealed an average increase in score of 13 points. Individual data was above the average save for one subject who badly skewed the results. Her weight gain had been in excess of 140 lbs and her levels of mental acuity had declined to the rough equivalency of a thirteen year old Arkansan native. Upon further investigation, it was discovered that this individual had in fact become enamored of a certain multi-hull skipper, and had been covertly joining him for extended periods.

For the group of 319 Multihull sailors: 48 were not measureable, as their bipolar craft had suffered severe cases of bickering and fighting on the part of the opposing hulls, and in each case, the hulls both got into extreme tiffs and headed off in separate directions. Sporadic reports of dazed Americans sitting astride slender hulls of questionable buoyancy continue to arrive from all parts of the globe.

A further 11 participants had perished horribly, as their flimsy rafts were flipped and pitchpoled in heavy weather, trapping their semi-sensate crew just inches from pure, clean air.

The remainder, a total of 260 people were found to be either extremely corpulent, or radically malnourished. Analysis reveals that the obese had stockpiled as much food as their limited buyoancy would allow, and then, after taking on water in addition to stores, had refused to leave the dock when they saw how low in the water their craft were sitting.

Rather, they prefered to sit in the slip, sipping endless high-calorie Pina Coladas and barbecuing high-fat pieces of questionable flesh, prior to slathering it with processed condiments and wrapping it in between "guaranteed soft and tender" pieces of white bread to be stuffed into their gaping craws.

Their proximity to the nearest Winn Dixie ensured a constant supply of bad meat, chemical drink mix and odoriferous sunbolck.

Malnourishment had set in for the balance - brave, yet far more foolhardy folk who had actually departed from the jetty. Unable to carry sufficient provision without saying 'auf weidersehn' to the waterline, they had basically starved at sea while making vain attempts to release their boats from irons, and then compounding the problem by attempting to sail close on the wind in a desperate race for provender.

The US Department In Charge of Stating the Obvious has announced a new campaign targeting sailors and their associated cohorts. Tentatively titled "Friends Don't Let Friends Sail Multi's" they will be blanketing the airwaves and printed pages with gripping, terrifying images of the results of "Multihull Madness", in an attempt to stamp out this dangerous pastime.

Indications are that the campaign will be particularly concentrated in areas such as Florida and Texas, where a large number of people with new money and old bodies tend to congregate.

The Governments of China and India however, have enthusiastically welcomed the publication of the research findings. "This could serve as a key component of our unending battle against the spectre of overpopulation" said a highly-placed member of the Chinese cabinet.

"Just think, the state could provide each of our less productive citizens with a genuine, Lagoon 36 knock-off and achieve great populairty and a thinning of the undesirables in one stroke"

Indian officials were more recalcitrant, refusing to speak on the record, however it is likely that they believe the Indian Ocean could be a definite asset were they to institute a program similar to China's.

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unfortunately, I'm not familiar with that particular catamaran. Sorry.



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The St. Francis is an exelent cat as far as cats go. Good build quality good performance and accomodations. I personlly love all boats and am not prejudice of any kind. I love all of them even little remote control ones. I even love power boats at times (usualy when I'm at the helm) and I definetly love cats. There are few boats in this world that can be as much fun as a Hobi 16. If you ever have been on a Catana 50 in large seas with 35 Knots off the quarter it's something you won't ever forget. The prolblem with cats is their just to dammed expensive. I also love mono's there is nothing like feeling you get at the helm of a seaworthy mono in a blow with quartering seas. Gives me goosbumps just thinking about it. Good luck buying a boat. Hope you get the right one and actuality sail the thing.
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Looks like you guys have run off the multi guys?

St. Francis is a very good boat. I'd also like to point out that it's a lot of boat for a first time catamaran owner.

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