Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Cape Fear, NC, USA
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Look at the Gemini cats, 14' beam lets you into many/most marina slips, 18"-24" draft with boards up means you can always find an anchorage that is nice and pretty and safe and you can let her dry out with the tide for anchorage or maintenance purposes. Diesel with an outdrive foot means you have no underwater running gear to worry about and complicate things.
Read the James Wharram literature for a very good overview of cats and cat design.
I have chartered 40'+ cats in the Bahamas and with 20'+ beam and 4'+ draft they are very comfortable floating condos. Not very nimble, very hard to 'slip into a marina', and you are competing with the monohulls for what is becoming VERY limited medium draft anchorage real-estate while cruising. Shallow draft anchorages, when you have a boat that gives you that option, will more than DOUBLE the places you can drop the hook. Also when cruising the nicest quietest little nooks and crannies are mostly shallow. Being able to let the boat dry out with the tide can allow you to find a very safe anchorage, hurricane hole, and to save BIG $$$ on haulout charges.
We are loving our schooner but the next boat or the second boat if we start up a charter fleet will be 24" to 30" draft. Cats are very comfortable places to hang out on. Much Much more comfortable than any monohull of the same length, unless it is a sailing scow/barge.
Last edited by sailandoar; 04-13-2006 at 11:43 AM.