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BOATOWNER’S BOAT REVIEW

Endeavourcat 30 By Melody Curtis

According to the Oxford Dictionary of Synonyms, “endeavour” (British spelling) is a verb; to aim, aspire, attempt, do your best, exert yourself, strive, try. Relaxing on the Endeavourcat 30. Each hull has boarding ladders into the water.

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came to Florida to find a winter home outside of Canada. My husband came to Florida to fulfill a life-long dream of owning a blue water sailboat. Blue water boats are capable of sailing the seven seas. That is what my husband aims to do. My idea of living on a boat is in a guarded marina with Internet, laundry and shower facilities. My husband’s idea of living on a boat is gunkholing in an isolated area. Gunkholing involves tying your boat to something floating in the water or simply dropping your anchor. From my perspective, this is a little too open to the elements. Being at the mercy of a raging storm from Mother Nature is not exactly an aspiration of mine. Staying in Canada for the winter takes a great deal of exertion so we decided to scour the online postings for a boat to buy. We did our best to look for a winter home away from the cold north. A boat that we could move with the weather to various locations in the south. We both love to scuba dive and have tried island waters off the shores of Columbia, Honduras and Cuba and in the Gulf of Thailand. My husband wanted a sailboat, and I wanted interior space and a stable ride. So we left in a snowstorm and drove down south to see if we could find a boat that would meet both our requirements. The third boat we viewed in St. Petersburg was exactly what we were looking for. It met both our needs. We made an offer and held our breath. A

few days later, we became the second owners of a 1992 Endeavourcat 30. Even the name was perfect—Chevere. The name is Spanish for “cool” or “awesome,” and she was an awesomely cool cat. Considering a LOA of 30 feet, this Endeavourcat has the interior space of a 40-foot monohull. There are two double berth staterooms, a head with a large walk-in shower, a spacious galley and a large U-shaped dining area. Headroom is an incredible six feet, four inches. The large cockpit area can be fully enclosed including a privacy blind for the windshield. The side and back panels can also be interchanged with bug-screening panels. I immediately named the area my sunroom, much to my husband’s chagrin. It is called a cockpit for a reason. I’m told that the sail control lines are led aft on the housetop, including a boom break for gybes. The cockpit is very large and apparently too wide for a monohull that would heel. However, the stability of this multihull catamaran makes the wide cockpit work. This boat was designed and built by Endeavour Catamaran Corp. as a comfortable coastal cruiser and liveaboard boat. The previous owner and his family had used the boat for annual holidays, and they maintained it with loving care.

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