Are you the sort of person who asks boatbuilders for performance polar diagrams? Do you measure a catamaran’s power-to-weight ratio? Do you spend hours poring over multihull-related owner’s blogs or forums? Do you know the difference between various foam cores, glass materials and resins? Are you attracted to electric engines and lithium-ion batteries, or intrigued by rotating wing masts, foils or curved daggerboards? If you answered yes to most of the above, you are what we yacht brokers jokingly call a “spreadsheet guy.”
As a lifelong sailor and racer, I honestly prefer working with spread-sheeters over impulse buyers. Spreadsheet guys wisely focus on both the visible and the invisible when buying a boat, because they recognize the purchase of a large catamaran is not, as one of my customers smartly says, “like buying a stick of bubble gum.” It is a big decision and all due diligence is in order.