So, the last few days had me shopping for a small affordable catamaran, and, like Dr. Thompson used to say, things turned ugly.
Part of the problem is that the words “affordable” and “catamaran” just don’t seem to fit into a sentence together. Wharrams, long the gold standard for budget cats are selling for silly prices, and elderly production catamarans are selling for far more than anyone could have imagined. A fifty-year-old Iroquois which cost $6485.50 in 1973 can be had for the bargain sum of $37,300. today. Is that nuts or what?
While we’re bemoaning the horrific costs we should point out that a lot of Iroquois cats were sold as hulls and decks which makes for a wild card in terms of outfitting quality. Throw in the amount of possible mayhem from previous owners and it’s a recipe for any amount of mayhem come refit time.
An equivalent monohull of similar size and pricing new would go for maybe a couple of thousand dollars today. Which I suppose underlines why I don’t write much about multihulls as VolksCruisers.
That said if anyone knows of an Iroquois or Heavenly Twins going for a non-insane price I’d be very interested in hearing about it.