Going to the Dark Side, or leaving it?
When we got around to announcing the type of boat that we were looking for, I was convinced that the biggest surprise to most people would be that we had plans to switch from a cat to a monohull. While plenty of folks switch from monohulls to cats, people just don’t go the other way, do they? Well, to tell the truth, if we had a larger, bluewater cat*, we’d happily tackle our proposed journey in it. The fact is that we don’t though, nor can we afford one. Which brings us to our present situation, looking for a suitable one-hulled vehicle to travel on.
*I know any boat could be sailed across the oceans, Seth and Jamie on Slapdash proved that when they circumnavigated on their Gemini 105.
One of our friends recently commented that we can’t go back to a monohull. I had to point out that we aren’t actually going back as we’ve never owned one! Have we sailed on monohulls? Sure, here and there. We took our first sailing lessons on monohulls, we have sailed on our friends’ boats, and I took my Captain’s license training and exams on one. In other words, we think we know what to expect. Time will tell, right?
Just for fun, here is today’s Windguru forecast for the Beagle Channel in Patagonia: