Re: How do you feel about catamarans?
Jon- agree with your critique of many recent monos and the French multis I see in the Bahamas/Caribbean/ eastern US. Still I believe a multi can be executed in a safe fashion. Personally I am use to the idea my hard Bimini and possibly the lights of my hard dodger may blow out in an extreme pooping but know the basic structure of the boat is sound and will survive a blow with a JSD.
A prior thread discussed the loss of steerage in a new multi taken aback by a boarding head sea resulting in abandonment.
I'm curious to know from you and others what specific models of multis are considered safe offshore boats? The features referred to previously do seem to do incorporated in early designs such as the Prout ( pre date Broadblue) 39s. Are there current designs that also meet the test? I had opportunity to crawl around the recent Chris White boat. It seems a fine craft and also a safe vessel.