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I sail a Catalac 8M. It's 27' LOA and 26' at the water line. More importantly, it fits into a standard size slip at 13' 8" wide. It's also the smallest cruising catamaran I could find. By cruising catamaran, I mean just that. Large water tanks, engine driven refrigeration/freezer, twin inboard diesels and great load carrying capacity because of it's hull design. My boat was sailed to the USA from England.
The Catalac is an older British designed boat, not known for performance, but almost all that were manufactured are still sailing today, which says a lot for the build quality. Catalacs are well thought of and featured in a couple of Charles Kanter's books on multihulls. A 12 meter Catalac survived the famous Queens Birthday storm in '94, a fact which helped put cruising catamarans on cruisers' 'radar' as so many monohulls were lost or dismasted in that storm. If 90 foot breaking seas in a typhoon couldn't knock one over, nothing probably would.
Newer Catamarans are larger and are sort of looking more like condos. Very nice I may add, but larger than I required (just me and the admiral).
I think if you follow the link below, my website pretty much covers all of it's virtues and I don't have to continue sounding like a commercial, or start a mono / catamaran debate.
By the way, what part of CT are you in? I'm a Connecticut native who moved to the sunshine state many years ago. One more thing.... ask any guy about his boat, and responses will be similar (grin).
Last edited by Rickm505; 11-17-2007 at 10:00 PM.