If you are a frequenter of yachting shows, you have already realized that catamaran manufacturers want to make you believe that they have created the perfect catamaran. It was they, it was their shipyard that built the masterpiece. Their usual statement is: "a lot of space and safety for mom and baby and super technical performance for the head of the family." This is not always true. Of course, choosing a catamaran is a purely personal matter, nevertheless, by listening to some advice, you can avoid serious mistakes when buying a catamaran.
10 commandments for buying a catamaran
Commandment # 1
When buying a catamaran, focus on your real needs, not future dreams. Yachting - a romantic hobby that attracts dreamers and romantics. But don't forget about the chasm that exists between dreams and reality. Although no one has the right to encroach on your dreams, and you should try to realize them, but still, when buying a catamaran, be realistic. You buy it for more than one year.
Commandment # 2
Do not forget that comfort while at anchor will compromise speed and comfort while sailing. At yacht shows, catamarans are in sheltered docks, flowers and candles are everywhere. Nice and romantic. But, decide what is more important to you: beauty or technical characteristics. It is rarely possible to combine the two perfectly. The recipe for a successful catamaran: narrow floats, high ground clearance and light weight.
Commandment # 3
Do not buy a catamaran without experiencing it during bad weather at sea. A test drive for 2 hours in a bay closed from strong winds in wonderful sunny weather will not give you a real idea of the capabilities of your catamaran.
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Commandment # 4
If you are planning to sail around the world, choose a catamaran with a lifting keel. Such a catamaran will be much faster and you will be able to pass even in shallow waters.
Commandment # 5
When buying a catamaran, you need to anticipate how you will load it. Do not forget that catamarans must not be overloaded! This is, first of all, a safety issue.
Commandment # 6
If you don't sail more than 4 times a year, consider chartering your yacht. This will cover the cost of maintaining your yacht.
Commandment # 7
If you are going to build a custom-made catamaran according to your own project, consider all possible problems and costs.
Commandment # 8
If you do not have the funds to buy a new boat, it is better to give up the idea of buying a used yacht. Its modernization and tidying up can end up costing more than a new boat.
Commandment # 9
Buy an easy-to-fly catamaran. Focus on the catamaran, which you can drive alone.
Commandment # 10
The faster your boat is, the safer you are. Speed is one of the most important safety factors! Don't neglect this!
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