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When my wife surprised me for my 35th birthday in May, 2013, with a handwritten "ticket" for a sailing cruise, I was thrilled!
But in response, I told her: "We have to find a catamaran!"
She asked: "What's the difference?"
"Catamarans are a completely different sailing experience," I replied. "They're a lifestyle."
I'll try to explain.
I've been a catamaran fanatic since I was a teenager. I grew up sailing on a lake in Texas aboard my father's San Juan 24 (a traditional, monohull sailboat) on the weekends. These happy times created a love of sailing that I've had ever since.
But before I turned 12, dad sold the sailboat and packed us all into the family station wagon and moved to Florida, leaving the lake behind for the big, beautiful Gulf of Mexico. A few years later, while accompanying my parents to a big boat show, I discovered the large, luxurious, cruising catamaran.
I was amazed that any sailboat could be so spacious, both above and below decks.
Unfortunately we didn't get to go out for a test sail on any of the catamarans that day at the boat show, but I was hooked.
The big cats promised adventure at sea, unmatched comfort, and supreme relaxtion in tranquil tourquoise waters. And the dream of owning one of my own someday was born.
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