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Re: 16'-18' Catamaran help
If you are on a budget, any 16 or 18, depending on your crew weight.
(Smallest one that COMFORTABLY fits you, crew and a few pounds of gear.)
In CA, the best deal will most likely be a Hobie.
If you have cash: TAIPAN. I have never seen anything that even comes close.
Used ones are rare to nonexistent in the states, new ones might be a pricy import.
But still, google them.
On the size:
Auntie Google will also give you the minimum and maximum crew weight for each model. Minimum is important, because you need approximately this weight to right the cat after a capsize.
There are thing-a-magics with pulleys and bags you fill with water to substitute crew weight, but still, consider how you would right it alone.
Maximum weight you can exceed quite a it, the thing will just sail like a stone. Which is still way faster than any keel boat, and totally ok for an afternoon sail with normally-non-sailing guests.
Originally Posted by rlltrash
I am looking for a used 16’ – 18’ catamaran. Here in southern California there are lots of them for sale, but which should I get?
1. The boat will be used mostly in sheltered coastal (Pacific) waters. However, when the weather is good, I will sometimes take it out into the ocean (which means some waves & swells.)
2. The most important criterion is good single-handed sailing characteristics. It will be sailed solo about 80% of the time. (Because the water is deep, daggerboards are not a problem, especially if they improve upwind pointing.)
3. Lastly (only IF the first two requirements are well met) is the boat big/buoyant enough to carry a second crewman (or two children) on occasion?
Recently I have seen the following catamarans for sale: A Class, Hobie 16/17/18/18 Magnum, NACRA 5.0/5.2/5.5/5.7, Prindle 15/16/ 18/18-2, Trac 16, Sol Cat 18, SuperCat 17. I have not seen any G-Cats or Mysteres. Are they worth looking for?
Which of these (or any other Cats) will work the best for the purposes noted above?