We have a confession to make. For the past 12 months we have been secretely looking for a successor to Take It Easy. As we settled into our life afloat and confirmed in our mind this is the lifestyle we want to enjoy for many years to come, we started dreaming again! We envisaged what life would be like on a larger cat. And now we think we might have found what we are looking for. It is scary but very exciting!
So as you can imagine, although we have been quiet on the blog front and haven’t done much sailing after our haul out, we have been looking at boats! This time of year is when vessels come on the market. It is the beginning of summer. People are back from winter cruising in the tropics or arriving in Australia from overseas, and put their boat out for sale.
It is however much harder than we thought to find the right catamaran because to warrant making the move, we want it all: good sailing performance, an interior to our liking and all our requirements met. We are very particular with what we are after.
Why an upgrade?
When you live aboard, your boat is your home. You want it to be very comfortable, welcoming and well equipped so you are autonomous at sea. People say to live on board a catamaran permanently you want a minimum of 44 ft length. After spending 1.5 year afloat, we agree. The move to a larger boat is about getting extra space, more creature comfort and more payload – the capacity to carry weight without compromising performance.
We could just make do with what we have, because after all, Take It Easy is a nice cat that sails well, looks good and does not limit us. But we have decided to enjoy life to the full and upgrade. And it is not like we have kids to leave our money to! So we might as well spend it on ourselves!
We have made an offer on a beautiful cat and once we finalise the negotiations on price, we will have it surveyed. Stay tuned for more details and wish us luck!