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post #61 of Old 02-25-2005
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Cruising Catamarans Offshore

Eric The Red sailed his 18'' junk rigged homebuilt mono hull across the Atlantic several times. What does that mean? Using examples of boats crossing oceans is a bogus way to prove anything.

Do calculations on windage and see what speeds will kite your multihull and what those same winds do to a monohull. Think about waves that have whitecaps big enough to throw any 50'' boat on it''s beam ends like a pingpong ball. Which boat type will survive being continually pounded with whitecap lips 6'' thick or being tossed on beam ends without capsize or damage. I''ve seen waves like that from the deck of freighters off the east coast USA and they DO exist in ocean sailing. The question is can you stay out of this weather?
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