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While knockdowns are not tolerated well by multihulls, they have a much higher initial stability and that can often prevent the problems that lead to a knockdown or capsize in a monohull.

If you've ever seen a monohull keelboat sitting broadsides to some small waves, you'll sometimes see the boat starts rolling far more than you would expect, since the waves may be contributing to the rolling motion of the boat each time they hit it. The much higher initial stability numbers of most cruising multihulls means that they won't even start rolling at all.
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