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Catamaran heaving to questions...

Hi all,

Just finished reading 'Storm Tactics' and it was a good read. The 'catch' is, it doesn't really talk about catamarans all that much. It mentions that some people like to sea anchor bow to the wind via a chute but that isn't heaving to. It mentions sizing for average 35-40 footers being 28 foot - which seems gargantuan since it mentions 18 feet for 56-80 foot monohull. They also say 'will generally lie well' at this part; which I am not sure means lie well hove to or lie well bow pointed into the wind.

So, some questions...

1) Do cats heave to well?
2) Does the second hull aid in making the slick larger or more stable?
3) Does the lack of a deep keel hinder the creation of a slick
4) How do you rig a para anchor for a cat - it would seem to need to be off the anchor fittings at the bow but that is in the center of the front section; would make lines going across the windward hull potentially a problem no?
5) What do you lead your penant rope back to - a winch directly or a round it to a cleat and into the winch (this was not clear in the book); would a cleat not be a huge source of chafe?
6) How big a para anchor would one be looking at for 45-49 foot cats?
7) Would the heave to motion be more uncomfortable in a cat compared to a mono?

Sorry for the newb questions but thats what I am hehe.

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