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Old 06-10-2010
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Question Heavy weather sailing in a catamaran

I have about 6000nm blue water experience in a traditional long keeled (36') monohull and about 2500nm coastal hopping and blue water sailing in a (43') catamaran. We experienced Force 10 in the mono but I have never experienced anything over 30kn in a cat. While I am aware of the need to reef earlier and risk of pitchpoling when surfing large waves, there seems to be little information out there on how to sail a cat in heavy weather, or indeed if a cat would be a suitable vessel for cruising over to the Eastern Pacific from Australia then on around the planet. I do hope the experienced sailors on this forum can help One reason I am seriously considering a cat is the fact it enables us to poke in up inlets/between reefs and generally explore more of the "bits around the edge".
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