I've been searching for a boat to build for a little while and only recently started to give catamarans serious thought. I have the Design Book on order, but I'm chomping at the bit for more info. Would someone be able to answer some of my newbie questions?
1. I know that [i]any[/i] boat [i]could[/i] be used to cross oceans, but how well suited is the Tiki 30 to doing so?
2. How well suited is it for 2 people to live on?
3. In cooler climates does the wide-open cabin make sailing (or living on) too uncomfortable? (By "cooler", I mean summer in places like Maine, the PNW, New Zealand or Europe. Or winter in the sub-tropics or Mediterranean climates. Where night-time lows and/or cold fronts and storms can really lower the temps.)
Would I be crazy for even considering a T30 for doing the things mentioned above? Should I skip right to the T38? I just think a T38 may be a bit too rich for my budget. Not to mention more than double the build time.
I kinda wish there was something in-between... a T34 sounds about perfect. (I'm not a fan of the T31 because of the center cockpits in each hull. It seems they would really eat away at the belowdecks living space, no? The schooner rig looks beautiful, but the added cost... uf!)