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Re: How do you feel about catamarans?
We find the best juggle of compromises for our cruising style. It's all about compromise but it's good to know what you are compromising and why. Shallow draft is a big plus in the Pacific that alone can make a cat a superior choice for some people. It sucks sailing past a remote atoll with a peaceful lagoon with an entrance with less than 6' 6" at high tide when your boat draws 7'. Inside are the masts of Multihulls (and Centerboarders)
But in the Pacific within 35 degrees lat and avoiding cyclones it is aptly named. South of 40 degrees there's a system of lows endlessly circling delivering gales and storms on a regular basis, two weeks ago we had a sudden front with little warning with 80 knots wind. A 40 foot cat blew over at anchor in calm water.
That seems to be setting a trend, it happened not only to cats on moorings in cyclones but also recently to a cruising couple in a perfect anchorage in Greece, suddenly inverted by a downburst with the owners aboard, it nearly drowned the woman who was trapped in the hull, the husband was too shocked to be able to do anything to assist her. Her rescuer who came out from the shore was recently awarded a bravery medal in Buckingham palace! An identical cat in the same anchorage wasn’t flipped. Just a lottery..
Vimes said he wanted to go round the Horn ! A ballasted monohull sailboat is a much safer option in those latitudes.