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Re: How do you feel about catamarans?
Paul you are right. They just don't look right to me. The only thing I do like is the space they seem to have. It's hard for me to understand why they so much faster? I'm in no hurry that know of for now.
Cruising cats aren't any faster on a whole. Look up the PHRF handicaps for them and compare them to monohulls.
Gemini 105mc catamaran has a base PHRF of about 177. This is slightly faster than a Catalina 30 and slightly slower than a C&C 30. It is slower than most 35-36' monohulls (which are still smaller than the Gemini) where a PHRF of 130-150 would be considered normal.
Racing cats are very light and have reduced wetted area and can point better than the cruising cats. They do get PHRFs that are very low, though it's my understanding that they fly downwind and still suffer on the upwind legs.
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