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Re: How do you feel about catamarans?
Here is the definitive difference between a monohul and a catamaran that everyone has been waiting for.
Monhulls give you the joy of sailing. If you are in love with that joy, a catamaran just won't do it for you.
Catamarans are voyagers. The "joy" and the "feel" of sailing is gone, but so is the hassle of living on an angle for days on end. Check out that St Francis 50 video in the Southern Ocean going 20 knots while the wife is just kicked back reading a novel. Stuff is laying about as if they were in harbor. Catamarans tend to be less drafty, so a wider variety of anchorages are available.
As far as safety goes, it is true that once you flip a catamaran it is pretty much game over. But, many of them don't sink. And, they are the ideal vessel in which to ride out the worst storm ever via a jordan series drogue. They offer stability that a monohul doesn't have. The monohull might still take some knockdowns and get dismasted where the catamaran will just ride smoothly waiting out the storm.