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post #13 of Old 01-07-2005
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Cruising Catamarans Offshore

I want to give an anecdote that is probably irrelevant.

I recently arrived in Grand Cayman after sailing there from Aruba. I saw many wrecked boats but the one that impressed me most was a totally destroyed 38ft cat. This was a common, very popular production cat. Both bows had broken off and the hull was wide open on both sides with large strips of the hull torn away. What got my attention was how thin the hulls were. I looked at the paper thin hull and imagined the stresses the seas exert on them. I could not imagine how such a vessel could stay together for long - and indeed it didn''t...

To be honest many monohulls were also damaged, but not one monohull looked as thoroughly trashed as that cat, except one classic wooden boat that was smashed to splinters at its dock.

What does this mean? Absolutely nothing. Just impressed me, that''s all

M. Murphy
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