Some of the most enjoyable boating is done when you can see the bottom.
Isn’t it nice to just enjoy your light and agile shallow draft catamaran while the rocks and sand visibly race by below the surface? You have to wonder then if your boat is as light as it can practically be. Is all that ‘essential’ stuff insisted upon for every possible contingency really necessary?
It could weigh your boat down unnecessarily.
I think ‘agility’ should be a marine performance term, with agile, nimble, sprightly, lively; all being desirable descriptors.
Agility may get you off a lee shore, or help you manoeuvre smartly in tight circumstances.
Agility may be hindered by an excess of weight but, you know what they say…
“You can’t have too much anchor chain!”
“You can’t have too much auxiliary power!”
“You can’t have too much watermaker capacity!”
“You can’t have too much fuel capacity!”
“You can’t be too fashion conscious!”
“You can’t have too much hot water!”
‘You can’t have too many batteries!”
“You can’t have too many solar panels!”
“You can’t have too much gen set capacity!”
“You can’t have too much entertainment equipment!”
“You can’t have too many navigation aid devices!”
“You can’t have too many hulls!.”
“You can’t have too many engine room accessories!”
“You can’t have too many engine gauges!”
“You can’t have too many wheels!”
“You can’t have too much accessory design advice!”
“You can’t be too careful when confronted with clever equipment marketing!”
The equipment salesmen hardly have to work anymore. Though their sales pitches may be tempered by at least some vestigial ethical sensibility, they will be conservative in contrast to internet opinion.
This latter source of endorsement is overwhelmingly motivated by (perhaps innocent) bragging. This is a natural and acceptable aspect of the yachting mentality but a very subjective and unreliable source for advice. The fellow who has just been sold an excess of something that he realizes too late he will be obliged to transport around everywhere he goes, is hardly likely to say, “That was dumb.” The first thing he’ll do is try to sell someone else on the idea, get safety in numbers.
Tubby offers provisioning advice on the internet.
Remember, “You can’t have too much fun with her!”
And don’t forget,
“You can’t have too many ducks!”