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What Are We Looking For In A Catamaran?

written by Terysa May 6, 2020

While we have reviewed 19 catamarans over the past year, we have never specifically discussed the features that are most important to us in a catamaran- our ‘wish list’ if you will. While we’ve made reference to the features that we’d like to see in our new catamaran, this is the first time we’ve actually sat down and listed them with an in depth discussion. 
We follow the same categories as our reviews: Safety, Build Quality, Liveability, Performance and Price. 
We hope you enjoy this podcast!
Cheers, 
Nick & Terysa

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7 comments

Gawain Shaw May 6, 2020 at 4:47 pm

Great pod cast, thank you very much, inspirational! I signed up a week ago to your blog, pod casts and YouTube channel, and will be sending you an email later today introducing myself properly and sharing future plans.

Abraço, Gawain, Maceió, AL, Brazil

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Terysa May 7, 2020 at 7:04 am

Thanks mate! Hope all is well with you in Brazil 😊

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JT Lissner May 6, 2020 at 6:01 pm

The fairly famous channels forward mounted life raft on their Outremer tore its strapping at its trampoline location from large waves slapping it and the harsh motion while crossing. Looked hammered and they were very fortunate to sight it and bring it back to the cockpit and not to have it completely release and go under the vessel while under way. Transom mount, definitely not hanging through the tramp.

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Chris Horseman May 6, 2020 at 11:23 pm

Hi Nick and Teresa. A few years ago during a round the island race I passed a flipped 35ft Catamaran. It was an old model with light hulls and it was racing but it proved to me it could happen. I’ve also seen moored cats flipped by a hurricane and if you took one side on into huge surf it might flip as it hit the beach. However I’m not aware of any modern (post 2005) cruising catamaran “flipping” whilst sailing whether by capsize or pitchpoling down a wave. You mention catamarans flipping in relation to life rafts several times do you know of any examples?

I’m dying to find out what you eventually get. After watching your and other reviews and extensive research I’ve just bought a 2019 Saona 47 and it does have a silly life raft position under the stairs to the helm so I will be looking at better mounting options but I’d gear it around where people could evacuate to and launch it from in the event of an engine or galley fire rather than a capsize or a hole in the boat.

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Chris Horseman May 7, 2020 at 3:20 am

Addenda to last. For the sake of accuracy I checked and the capsized Cat in 2011 RTI was 34ft Gemini 105mc with a 14ft beam. 1980s design with solid fore deck but made until at least 2010. Some would consider this a modern cruising cat but most modern cruisers would have a much larger beam to length ratio than 0.4. However I have also found an example of an Atlantic 57 that capsized and although in unusual circumstances I’d have to accept that the possibility should be born in mind wrt life raft placement. In any case the Saona position under the helm stairs wouldn’t be ideal.

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Pru Krause June 18, 2020 at 12:29 pm

Hi Nick and Terysa,
I have only just found your site/youtube channel/podcasts, but I’m thoroughly enjoying everything! Just love your sense of humour guys! Have watched your Catamaran reviews and just listened to this podcast. Totally agree with all that you said – your wish list sounds much like ours. (Not that we have any grand experience with sailing boats just a 2-3 year goal/dream) Good quality, not too big (we are three hubby, wife and daughter) no fly bridge, good 360 view from helm, easy access/visible! life raft, performance yes but still room, galley up or down whatever – who needs a couch downstairs anyway! and Terysa, I hear you! ventilation! ventilation! ventilation! Less aircon the better. We lean towards the Seawind 1260 (or even 1160) think maybe you do too but I guess we will have to wait and see. Really interested to see what you do end up with. Either way learning so much from you guys and enjoying your journey. I will have to do some binge watching to catch up on your earlier videos. Thanks heaps.
Hanna, Thorsten and Pru (me)
Melbourne, Australia.

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Kris July 12, 2020 at 10:55 pm

Great podcast guys! On my way to the east coast of the US to look at a few cats. We’ll start liveaboard sailing around October this year. We’ll really only be sailing the Caribbean but will probably bring the boat back to the US during hurricane season so we can have access to her if there is no COVID vaccine before then. So we are leaning towards those nice fat slow hulls LOL since we’ll do limited offshore. Great items to consider for purchasing a boat!

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