Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Is a Monohull (AMEL) the right choice?
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this is my first comment. I don't own an Amel - yet. I know Eric and his Kimberlite and that was my first inkling that Amel was the boat I might cruise in. Then i sailed on a new 55' Amel. Nice.
So I joined this list while consider selling my Tartan 4100 and buying an Amel.
I have crewed three times on 40-45' catamarans. the benefits and problems of cats have been well-detailed here and elsewhere. They are fantastic at anchor in the Bahamas. They are not fantastic sailing in a full gale from Bermuda to Antigua.
But one thing that I had not considered until I spent a few good weeks on cats - a 45' cat has the equivalent waterline of a 90' monohull. think about painting the bottom or scrubbing the water line by yourself and let it sink in to your mind. think about caring for the toe rail, cove stripe, etc. 90' feet is a lot. 90' is not retirement cruising.
there is more than double the deck space on a 45' cat over a 55' monohull. deck space is nice, but I found the wide cat deck spaces to be a situation of Diminishing Returns; I did not enjoy the boat 200% more, but I did have 250% more deck to clean, wax, maintain, etc. Same for the wide open space in the salon and the cockpit. I really could not use the space there, but I had to wipe the floor down often, especially when offshore - slippery and dangerous in a big swell. it was much more wiping than on my Tartan monohull. the open floor space did not increase my enjoyment enough to justify increasing my maintenance cleaning effort so much.
for maintenance equivalence you might consider comparing a 55' mono to a 25' multihull and then weigh the advantages of safety, comfort, speed, anchoring. It was enough to put my wife and I off catamarans. but mostly my wife and I missed the fantastic sounds and sensations that a monohull creates when it is sailing. pure joy.
best wishes to all you cruisers,
Tartan 4100 in Milford Connecticut.