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    Posted: 10 Apr 15 at 8:54am
I'm looking for my first cat
I no novice raced Lasers, 200's, Int 14's, B14's

Looking for a multi hull challenge and not sure where to start

I want something that has the option to sail 2 up if I fancied

Any advice and information would help
I need to know what's a realistic choice for a first cat

So far I've looked at

Sprint/ Dart 15 down side no kite but can be sailed 2 up or single handed

Old style nacra 17 can it be sailed 2 up ? Positive it has a kite ! Would these be trying to run before I can wak ?

Stealth F16. Don't know a lot about them. Can they be sailed one up ? Again is this bitting off more than I can chew ?

Any other options that I have missed please help

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Depends where you plan to sail and whether you are looking for fleet or handicap racing, or just blasting about

Dart/Sprint 15 is best chance for fleet racing singlehanded and will take a light crew. Also not having a kite means it's better round the cans. Very easy to sail (but hard to sail well - that's my excuse anyway!) they are an ideal first cat.

If you are not interested in racing, also look at the Dart 16 as they are bulletproof and can singlehand or take 3-4 easily, and are pretty cheap nowadays. 

Dart 18 can be singlehanded, but is then a bit of a handful in a blow. Better if mostly 2 up.

Look at the Shadow as well, as it's dedicated for singlehanded unlike F16. I think the F16 would require a higher skill level. 

Don't know about the Nacra 17, not sailed one. Look at the weight though, as pulling up the slipway singlehanded can be a significant factor!

Ultimate has to be an A-class, but not as your first cat!
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Or this: http://www.warsashacademy.co.uk/news-events/news-articles/2014/september/cutting-edge-hydrofoil-catamaran-unveiled-at-southampton-boat-show.aspx

It's claimed to be easy to sail - and to have been sailed successfully by 2 kids with no exceptional skill or experience. Not cheap though!
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Ideally I'm looking for thrills and spills
With plenty bang for my buck

My new local club isn't that big and I recon if I built my own boat out of paper I'd still given them a good run for there money

So it doesn't have to compete well on handicap or even large open meeting just crash and burn sailing really

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stealth f16 is answer to all you ask 
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Good luck finding one for sale though. I've had half an eye on the F16 market and I reckon only one Stealth came on the market in the last two years....

Edit: make that two. Turns out there is one on apolloduck now but a fair trek from Scotland!


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Post Options Post Options   Quote catmandoo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 May 15 at 3:53pm
when buying boats for scotland , you have to be prepared for trek , my stealth came from builder in wales , furthest for a previous cat belglum, part of the fun .

forton services carpark ive bought boats meeting folks half way too :)



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