Doesn't sail enough
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Eastern Med
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Re: How do you feel about catamarans?
Sailed a small (23') French cat the other day, for the first time. I understand the attraction: it was fast, pointed at least reasonably well (35 or better AWA, no instruments so I couldn't tell exactly but we were sheeted in tight). Cockpit was massive, easily as much room as a 40' boat. If anything too wide - the traveler was nutty, like 7' or more, I had to get up to release the other line to move the car.
Took a little getting used to the lack of momentum through tacks, I definitely failed a few.
Tried my darndest to get a hull up, no dice (not enough wind). Not sure that would have been a good idea.
I missed the "feel" of a mono reacting to every change in the wind. But I understand the appeal.