When you make a boat purchase, too much information is barely enough, so a new review of the Catana in Australian Multihull World gave me much delight. However besides reading pleasure, I the Miss had a couple of enlightening moments from the author Kevin Green.
Firstly, the Miss found out that on the Catana 42 there is a drinks cabinet which includes a square recess for a Bundy bottle. Where?… I didn’t see any drinks cabinet!
Second Kevin Green revelation was when we upgraded our electronics package to the Garmin, I didn’t realise those neat little Quatix watches you can purchase for around $500 will not only activate Man Overboard Alerts but will turn the boat back to the person in the water. Yeh Baby Count Me In!
Third caught my eye, something Mike Man of International Waters has been saying for a while now. That the centralised controls on the saloon bulkhead are too far away and we need to upgrade to jumbo size. This is on the list of new items being organised for the boat as we speak. Other nice items heading the way of the Miss Catana include an AIS transmitter / receiver, radar transponder, hand held VHS and GPS, chart plotter, and much more.
My final thought was agreeing with the overall view, that the Catana does indeed have some quirky compromises for speed on the water and privacy aboard, yet after hearing directly from a Catana 42 owner (hull 22) that his average speed is 9 knots I thought this beautiful boat will indeed be worthy.
PS Both the Captain and I like rum, mostly Captain Morgan which is in a round base bottle. I will just have to use this square space for a Gin bottle of some kind.