Friday, July 11, 2008

TomCat 24: Ideal pocket cruiser for us

After 10 days aboard At Last! we are more convinced than ever that the TomCat 24 will be perfect for our boating needs and desires for the next five, perhaps even 10 years.

Four years ago, after we first spent several hours aboard the same boat we eventually bought late last year, we detailed the reasons the TomCat 24 is the ideal pocket cruiser for us at this time:

  • It looks good.
  • It's small yet spacious, and relatively inexpensive.
  • It's trailerable.
  • It won't roll, and provides a stable, smooth ride in cruising conditions.
  • It has a nice turn of speed.
  • It's unsinkable.
  • It has an enclosed head.
  • The berth lies athwartships.
  • It’s a multihull.
  • It looks good.
When we’re boating together, we enjoy inland and coastal cruising, hanging out in secluded anchorages. The Captain, when he’s on his own, gets all the offshore time he craves with his Nordhavn connections and work on Circumnavigator magazine.

Together, we have enjoyed the Channel Islands off the California coast, Inside Passage to Alaska, North Channel in the Great Lakes, Chesapeake Bay, the warm waters of Southwest Florida and the British Virgin islands, and Canal du Midi in France.

On his own, the Captain, under sail and under power, too, has crossed the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, has sailed around Cape Horn in record time with his trimaran Great American, and has several other ocean passages on his wish list.

Together, we’re looking forward to the Bay of Quinte and 1000 Islands later this year, the Rideau Canal and/or Trent-Severn Waterway as soon as we can swing the time, and a long list of other cruises as far east as Newfoundland, south to the Bahamas and/or the Sea of Cortez, and north to Alaska—the Lord of Heaven, Earth and Water willing.

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