My Captain, he is a dear and I do adore, but this trip was on troubled waters as we looked at monohull yachts early on when investigating to buy a boat.
This lack of unity is a rare creature in our family but at one point in this journey I suggested to the Captain he take his Second Wife on his “real sailing yacht” and I would keep my feet planted firmly on the ground.
Multihulls vs Monohulls – the Hot Ticket Debate
Below are the pros and cons we discussed to bring us to the point of narrowing our search and eventually buying a catamaran. Yes for those of you yet to know me a little better I actually wrote a list and over a bottle of red wine we nutted out the best way forward.
The fact that it ended up being a mulithull was based on the compromises each of us was willing to make.
The Case for a Monohull as Presented by the Captain
Ground rules for the monohull – a boat designed for cruising and with all the features that assist, power winches, furling sails, new technology and size ranging from 40 to 50 ft. All the storage needed for water, fuel and equipment for long term cruising.
The sailing – I don’t want to sail my lounge room
They point up into the wind
Large load capacity – you can keep filling them up
Budget – you get an amazing amount of bang for your buck
The Case for a Multihull as Presented by the First Wife
Ground rules for the multihull – a boat designed for cruising with all the features that assist, power winches, new technology and the size must be above 40 ft.
Stability – heeling is not pleasant and spoils the journey
Speed = safer
Two is better than one – two engines, two steering wheels for example
You live on top of the water not under
More room to entertain and live
Your ability to anchor closer into shore
Dagger board boat
Find a sailors cat
Budget I will get a second job