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post #177 of Old 03-15-2014
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Re: How do you feel about catamarans?

Think take homes are
Multi hulls
Like monos clear distinction between coastal and offshore boats
offshore boats should be compartmentized, have escape hatches, have raft mounted so assessable if inverted ( seen them installed under extreme aft of bridgedeck)
Faster in decent wind but if up wind vmg may be nearly equivalent.
More expensive to purchase and maintain
Unlike monos need to be >~45' to be reasonably safe offshore.
Have different motion then monos both underway and at anchor- tolerance and preference varies between people.
Less draft limitations but more slip limitations.
Tris generally faster up wind and point better than cats. Generally less usable room . Generally more feed back as to when to reef and balance than cats.
Multis in general require more active involvement in weather. Once of sufficient size in non purpose built racers reasonable safe if appropriate tactics employed.
All multis roughly twice the risk of lightening strike but lightening strike is rare.
Even more sensitive to weight and specifics of loading than monos as regards impact on performance.
Standard charter multis under canvassed.

Having said all that if money not an obstacle there is much to say in favor of a well designed multi. Advances in design make them increasingly attractive. we aren't talking about foiling racers but rather for a liveaboard in warm clines they make make great sense. At the other end of the spectrum the various folding tris offer phenomenal performance a mono could never hope to achieve and are within the reach of an average young couple who would be looking for a boat.

s/v Hippocampus
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