I was at the Mariners’ Museum in Williamsburg, VA recently and came across this interesting thought, originally written about a lovely vessel from Chris Smith and the Sens boat company — the forerunner of Chris Craft:
“An auxiliary cruising boat is without question the most compact and ingenious arrangement for living ever devised by the restless mind of man – a home that is stable without being stationary, shaped less like a box than like a fish or a bird or a girl, and in which the homeowner can remove his daily affairs as far from shore as he has the nerve to take them. Here the sprawling panoply of The Home is compressed in orderly miniature and liquid delirium, suspended between the bottom of the sea and the top of the sky.
E.B. White, “The Sea and the Wind that Blows”
What Mr. White said, is even more applicable today when talking about the new generation of catamaran motor yachts (or most of the cruising sailboats).
The new generation of sail and power boats
The new generation of sail and power boats have more volume for a given length. They’re safer with better performance. New injection molding techniques make them lighter and stronger — this combined, in sailboats, with adequate sail area, translates into faster, more comfortable passages.
Modern sail handling equipment like electric winches, and controls led back to the helm, make it easy to short handed sail this new generation, or, if you’re new to it all, to learn to sail. This modern generation offers a new freedom, brought about by the new technology. Autopilots linked to your instruments and even to the winches so your boat can tack by itself. Blue tooth link ups so you can control your entertainment, or follow your progress–from anywhere. At lunch with your guests while your boat makes rapid progress towards your next port, or in your luxurious owners cabin, where your smart pad monitors your ring of safety warning you if you drag anchor.
Finally they’re comfortable. Modern designs offer a more comfortable motion at sea, a dryer ride, and multiple relaxing areas on deck and below. Comfort combined with ease of operation and good performance makes for safe passages and opportunities to voyage further with peace of mind.
On catamaran motor yachts, in addition
The individual, narrower hulls make for more efficient passages. With less drag, you get more speed at lower RPM’s for a longer range at a given speed. These widely spaced hulls make less fuss and offer a much more comfortable ride–sea-kindly we used to call it. The platform offers the roominess of a much larger boat (8-10′ larger–a 44′ motor cat has the room of a 54′ monohull motor yacht), this includes more relaxing areas on the bridge, in the cockpit and forward.
So, check out the new generation of cruising boats. We have selected some of the best in the world for you to experience.
Throw off the lines that bind you to the routine in life.
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