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I would highly recommend Mike McMullen's book, Multihull Seamanship, which is available at Alibris.com even though it has been out of print for quite some time.
I'd also point out that the Polynesian islanders explored and settled an area of the Southern Pacific ocean larger than most continents using small multihulled sailing craft. Many of the Wharram designs are evolved from the craft used by the Polynesians.
One of the tactics that many multihulls, especially those with retractable boards, use is lying ahull. This isn't generally a good or acceptable practice for monohulls, but a multihull with the boards up will generally move with the water and not capsize or trip. Another common storm tactic with a multihull is lying to a jordan series drogue.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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