Join Date: Nov 2010
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Mono vs Cat for purposes of learning/teaching...
Firstly, I'm not trying to start the well-worn (if often jovial) debate about monohulls vs multihulls. I already have my preference there (monos) and a reasonable (in my mind) reason for it - the fact I plan to blue-water cruise with my wife in one.
With that out of the way, I am taking my time learning the ropes (literally and figuratively) alongside my second eldest son. We are looking now at purchasing a small boat to continue said learning in the upcoming "off-season" as sailing clubs are winding down for five months or so here in Oz. While I would love to get myself a small Corsair to keep to with the "mono" learning I started on, there doesn't seem to be one available for sale anywhere I've looked at the moment.
Patience being a sailing virtue, that wasn't bothering me until I was offered a Surfcat with the bits & bobs for a very reasonable sum. Before taking up the offer, I was wondering what people thought of the Surfcats for learning the ropes with a young lad. We're still going to move to a mono later when the skills are up and we can take others out with us, but I'm hoping someone can let me know if they are bad for learning in, too difficult to handle on one season's sailing experience, or other snippet of info I might be better off knowing BEFORE I buy the thing.
Thanks in advance for anything offered up.