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drcabral
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Which is the BEST catamaran for 1st bareboat?
      #1752615 - 12/01/17 11:36 AM (162.119.240.103)

I'm new to bare boating and will be taking the family (3 girls ages 6,8 and 9 and wife) down to the BVI for a week in June or July. I'm researching catamarans <45f feet and love boats with aft seating such as the Bali 4.0, Leopard 44 2012 and Lagoon 440 2006. But I'm thinking the charter company and age of boat may be more important so I can minimize risk of things going wrong with the boat and to make sure my wife has her condo on water. Thus, I'm leaning toward the Mooring 3900 or 4000 if I can get over the sticker price.

Is this the right thought process? Anyone have experience with these boats?

PS
I know this is the 'ol which is the best charter company/catamaran question and I can already feel the eye roles from some as there is no one correct answer. I've looked at a lot of the posts regarding this topic. Any assistance you can provide this wet newbie and his family would deeply appreciated.


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StormJib
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Re: Which is the BEST catamaran for 1st bareboat? [Re: drcabral]
      #1752617 - 12/01/17 12:10 PM (199.168.151.155)

Always get the newest, largest, boat you are willing to afford. With the young kids and really with anyone the comfortable areas out of the sun should always be a priority. I have never met a mom with young ones who did not want a microwave on the boat. The small kids they will not care. All they want to be is close to you or at least your wife.

If your group is new to this? The smaller the distance from the bow stem to the water will make the mooring ball process easier.


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706jim
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Re: Which is the BEST catamaran for 1st bareboat? [Re: StormJib]
      #1752641 - 12/01/17 02:30 PM (206.186.68.123)

A seconder for the newest boat. Our five year old rental smelled from the minute we stepped foot inside.
And for a first rental?
I'd get a powercat.
No sails or rigging to worry about and tons more space up in the bridge where everyone will want to go to while cruising.
(Guess you didn't want to hear that)


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agrimsrud
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Re: Which is the BEST catamaran for 1st bareboat? [Re: 706jim]
      #1752642 - 12/01/17 02:41 PM (198.206.244.4)

I think you're going to get a pile of different opinions on company and boat. But probably some consensus regarding age of boat.

Moorings is always viewed as the "safe" choice. But imho, there are other choices that are just as solid and likely better value. If it was my money and I was looking for a cat of the size you are seeking that was near new I would take a close look at TMM and CYOA. Both have new or near new boats in the size/age you are looking and both have a very good reputation here on this board. I'm biased towards CYOA for many reasons one of which is location which translates into cheaper flight to STT, avoiding the ferry hassle, and being on your boat half hour after landing.

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mcevog
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Re: Which is the BEST catamaran for 1st bareboat? [Re: agrimsrud]
      #1752644 - 12/01/17 02:44 PM (138.20.184.141)

I would add to the comment "newest, biggest boat you can afford" the additional consideration "and that you have experience handling". The bigger you go, the more experienced hands you will need to rely on to help you handle the boat... bear that in mind as you select your "condo"!

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tradewinds
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Re: Which is the BEST catamaran for 1st bareboat? [Re: mcevog]
      #1752648 - 12/01/17 03:34 PM (99.82.249.196)

CYOA has some nice new owner's version boats with ice and water makers.

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MattN
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Re: Which is the BEST catamaran for 1st bareboat? [Re: 706jim]
      #1752650 - 12/01/17 03:41 PM (204.76.134.30)

Does your wife sail? Or will there be others besides your family? If not, consider the layout of the helm and access to winches, etc. Most of the boats are designed for shorthanded sailing, but take a good look at everything and factor that in. I've sailed a Leopard 46 with two couples and it was relatively easy, but then sailed another boat with just my wife and that was exponentially harder....

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MattN
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Re: Which is the BEST catamaran for 1st bareboat? [Re: MattN]
      #1752651 - 12/01/17 03:43 PM (204.76.134.30)

The Leopard 4000 owner's version may be a nice boat for you to consider.

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Twanger
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Re: Which is the BEST catamaran for 1st bareboat? [Re: MattN]
      #1752655 - 12/01/17 04:40 PM (50.193.144.241)

Something around 40-feet would be good for a family of 5 with small(ish) kids.

Some of the bigger boats become harder to handle for a couple, depending on size and strength of your two-person adult crew.


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snowdog
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Re: Which is the BEST catamaran for 1st bareboat? [Re: Twanger]
      #1752666 - 12/01/17 06:31 PM (174.20.206.124)

Hard to give a great answer without knowing your sailing experience level. If you have any concern about the sailing aspect, consider a powercat.

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