Having spent most of my adult childhood messing about in the mountains of western Wyoming; skiing, biking, hiking, climbing, music festivating, etc… It came as a bit of a surprise to all my friends, family, and even myself, when I decided to go all in, and purchase a sailboat to go cruise tropical Mexico and leave 40 years worth of hardcore winters behind. Sailing had never even entered into my thoughts, besides some late night pipe dreams with some slightly experienced friends, until I was in my mid thirties, when I met my, now, ex-wife. Over the course of our first few years together, we chartered boats a handful of times in the Caribbean and the Great Lakes. I had never experienced such a cool and amazing way to visit such beautiful places before. With so many miles traveled in my past aboard a bicycle, laden with everything I needed to live, it wasn’t long before I was fully afflicted with desire to live aboard a sailboat and travel the world. But, with my wife having no desire to sail for more than two weeks at a time, the beginning of the end for us was starting to be written on the wall.
I continued to absorb everything “sailing” that I could. Spending hours and hours online from our mountain home in Victor, Idaho, I learned everything I could possibly learn without actually being on a boat. Enjoying high tech, comfort, and speed, naturally I gravitated towards multihulls. I sailed a bit with a friend who owned an F27 trimaran, both in Mexico, and in the Pacific North West. I spent a week aboard a MaineCat 41, sailing from Charlestown, SC to Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
By this time I was absolutely hooked. I have a very addictive personality, and there was no way, I was not going to get me some “more”! But, with two small children brought into this world, and a divorce in the works, I didn’t feel like I could buy “the” boat to just sail away on… I wanted a trailerable multihull that I could sail, both on our nearby mountain lakes, and also spend some time on in warm, tropical Mexico.
Having an appreciation for things that fall outside the typical mold, I discovered Cat 2 Fold. A 36’ x 24’ wide sailing catamaran, that folds, on the water, to 8.5’ wide, making her legally trailerable, with no permits needed, anywhere in the world! And this girl, was the only one ever built! So, in 2011, without a ton of experience, but a very good mechanical brain, I pulled the trigger, and decided to buy one of the coolest boats ever conceived! Not to say I didn’t have my doubts, I had plenty! But after questioning my sanity for nearly a year, I decided to take the plunge.