Q. What did you do with all your "stuff"?
Q. Why did you choose a Maine Cat instead of one of the other catamarans out there?
After 8+ years on the boat, we are still very happy with her. There is not another boat that we have seen that even comes close. We recently replaced the mainsail cover with one made by Doyle Offshore, and we replaced the trim (UV protection) on the sails so we now have a pretty green/turquoise cover that makes us easier to spot in a crowded harbor.
Q. With that big open cockpit don't you find it cold and aren't you worried about a lack of privacy?
Privacy on any boat is a bit of a luxury. We recognized early on that we might like a bit of privacy, so we ordered "privacy screens" that attach to the inside of the Strataglass curtains around the cockpit. These privacy screens are made from gray Textilene and they have the added benefit of serving as sunshades in the morning and afternoons when the sun can make the cockpit hot. We recently replaced the front 1/2 of the Stratglass curtains with hard safety glass windows for exta comfort.
Q. Does your family think you are crazy?
Our family has been quite supportive - helping out with transportation when we visit and understanding that the first thing we want to do is take over the laundry room. They recognize and promote that this is our choice and as long as we are happy, they are too. It also helps that we can serve as a floating hotel room in some pretty cool locations when they want to visit.
Q. How many bathrooms do you have?
Q. How much water and fuel do you carry?
We also have a Spectra Catalina 300 watermaker with MPC5000 remote control panel. The watermaker lets us make great quality water in some unexpected places and runs at 7 - 13 gph. We find we normally run the watermaker every 3 - 4 days for about 3 - 6 hours. We rarely take the time to completely fill the tanks unless we are about to depart on a long passage or are expecting guests.
Running @ 6 knots we typically use about .75 gallons/hr, so we can expect to have a cruising range in excess of 700 nautical miles.
Our Spec Sheet has other details of the boat that may be of interest.
Q. I would love to come visit you two, what should I bring?