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post #132 of Old 03-14-2014
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Re: How do you feel about catamarans?

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Originally Posted by outbound View Post
......... I had asked earlier in this thread about storm tactics for multi hulls. Would you or others care to offer comments. I know with my high aspect keel and balanced rudder my first line of defense is fore reaching then the series drogue comes out. Hoving too just doesn't work well without a lot of tuning.I had wondered if like tactics with mono hull have changed with transition away from full keel boats has tactics changed now we see the current generation of multi flyers so different than the prout39 s of the past?
So far the only decent survival strategy for a cat caught in dangerous seas is to lie to a drogue ( sea anchor) streamed on a bridle from the bows until the seas abate. That's because the diagonal pitchpole induced inversion is the cats most significant vulnerability. Secondary are beam seas.

As cats get more performance oriented , lighter and with less buoyancy in the bow the risk goes up significantly.
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