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Random Thoughts on Monohulls, Catamarans, and Our Next Boat!

Last year when we were feeling glum about an oil seal on our saildrive, Matt wrote in the blog that if our "big" seals failed, we'd sell the boat, get a divorce and move to Colorado. 

     To replace the diaphragm you must remove the entire saildrive, both the upper bit      from the hull and engine and the lower bit, so it’s a major job (that must be done      on the hard) to say the least. And if you’re doing all that, you might as well do x,        y and z too. (For those who don’t know, x is move to Colorado, y is never see a          boat again and z is get a divorce) 

When we realized our big seals (I hate the word diaphragm) needed replacing it just seemed like too much trouble to get a divorce and move to Colorado, mainly because we couldn't resolve custody of the dog. 

As if sensing our suffering, a very lovely broker stopped by to drop of her card. Now this is an idea! Sell this boat and get a different boat, which would, of course, solve all our problems! What, precisely, are the problems of living on a boat, previously thought of as a dream, but quickly becoming a nightmare? Let me count the ways!

Size: Our boat is far too big for just the two of us. There's literally feet in between our salon and galley. No one ever sleeps in our guest bunks. 
Two of everything: Everytime we paint one hull, there's another hull waiting. Everytime we fix one engine, there's another engine waiting.
Saildrives: the bane of my existence x 2
Motion at sea: I rather hate sleeping on our boat on passage. It's unbearabley loud. The whole boat seems to shudder. It almost feels like it's going to come apart. It can be really truly beastly. A catamaran's movement is erratic in confused seas and you simply can't anticipate the next roll or jerky motion.

So, what boat will solve none of my problems while causing other problems I have yet to envision? I'm thinking a 35 ft Southerly
Photo from Southerly.com
They have a swing keel, which means the keel can stay down and have 7 feet of draft and great upwind performance or can be swung up into the boat and have only 2 feet of draft (great for shallow Bahamian waters!). They have an inside steering station so you can get out of the scary elements and still keep a good watch. 
Interior, from Southerly.com
But wait, theres more! These gorgeous sirens of the sea have only one engine. One engine to fiddle with! You're not going to believe it, but they have a shaft drive. No more sail drive woes!  

How about Copper Cote paint on the bottom? Yes!  Our neighbors have copper cote and haven't touched it in 14 years. Combined with a lovely, perfect, shaft drive, we could be going a decade without hauling for maintenance! (Just let me keep my fantasy, please!) 

One of everything! Only one bottom to sand and paint (every 14 years!) Only one oil change to do! 

More marina and haul out options, especially in the Meditterean.
Speaking of the Med, how about the shallow draft and narrow beam neccesity to transverse the French canals? 

Now, even though I do enjoy a good fantasy, I'm sadly aware of the despair involved with everything boat related. One of my pleasures in life is keeping an accurate, minute by minute log of our anchored neighbors comings and goings, and I'm worried my spreadsheet would suffer if we downsized and gave up our huge salon windows.

Don't get too excited for us, you won't be seeing Independence for sale anytime soon.
  1. We've put far too much work into her to get her "perfect".
  2. We don't have to change the big seals for another 8 years, and we know how to do them now!
  3. You can't buy a Southerly in the U.S. very often (especially in our size and price range) (we don't want to travel to England to buy a boat as we don't want to put Hastings through the required quarantine). 
  4. We're too lazy to sell one boat and start again with another. See #1. 
  5. We really, truly love our boat when she's at anchor and not in a boat yard. Now, what are those Amel people next door up to? 

Do you dream about changing boats or homes? What will your perfect home change for you? 

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6 comments

  1. You scared me there for a moment. Although, it would be interesting to see how you feel about living in a monohull (again) after cruising on a cat. I don’t think Hastings would be too thrilled about a change. I’m sure that Amel’s windows are too small to look back at what you’re up to!

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    1. I agree- I think Hastings loves his boat and isn't bothered by the double work or money until it interferes with dinner time!

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  2. I can't imagine feeling like I had too much room on my boat. I think that might be a nice feeling to have. Imagine all of the things I could keep on board with all of that space. Chocolate, more chocolate, books, and a freezer for chocolate ice cream. That would be a dream.

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    1. It doesn't matter how much storage you have, all chocolate is gone within the week. Also, if you had a catamaran you'd be forced into a ridiculous weight saving cult and march around throwing books, clothes, dishes overboard.

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  3. If you change your minds, let me know! ;-)

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  4. http://www.yachtworld.co.uk/boats/2009/Southerly-35RS.-3150798/United-Kingdom#.Wg9tLWinzYU

    One of the best Southerly 35RS .....easily shipped to USA

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