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Re: Catamaran experience
The banging on the bridge. It drove us crazy the last time we were on a Cat. Did it/does it drive you crazy or did you get used to it?
All cats will bridgedeck slam under certain conditions. The higher the bridge, the less they'll slam. I've always been in multihulls, so I think it's normal.
What real world speeds did you experience and at what kind of winds? When you planned passages, what was your estimated VMG/SOG that you would use for planning?
This is going to vary greatly, depending on the brand of cat you get. Performance cats will probably average 8kt and point higher, midrange cats 7 and foot more, tubs will be more in the 5-6 range and barely sail above the beam.
How did she handle heavy weather? Is her lack of pointing a big problem and prevent you from bowing into waves, especially breakers?
Again, this varies greatly depending on which catamaran you get, and mostly depends on how good you are at sailing. I've observed quite a few people who don't get everything they can out of their catamarans. Daggerboard/performance cats point right up with monohulls. Trimarans also point pretty high. I don't know what 'bowing into waves' means.
How did you handle the loading of the vessel? I have not lived on a cat, but have always been amazed at the large amount of space. Is that a farce though? Do you have to worry about over-loading it?
DO.NOT.OVERLOAD.YOUR.CATAMARAN. It will compromise handling and safety, and your performance will suffer greatly. The grand space will tempt you, but don't pile it on.
How did you handle the dockage? I have always cautioned others about multihulls and getting dockage.
I've never had trouble with dockage, and it's been quite seldom (like once) I've paid more. I think that depends greatly on where one is. If you don't know about it, how can you 'caution others?'
DId you have a problem with bridge clearances and find your ports were spaced far apart due to you inability to transit the ICW?
My stick is exactly 61' off the water, including the antenna, and I have no problems. Again, you are asking a question that will vary greatly not only with brand, but especially size, of boat.
If you do a bit of Googling you will find that every question you've asked has been asked, far more than once. Take some time and search around.
You also want to charter as many different brands of catamaran as possible, which will answer your questions far better than an Internet forum will.
Good luck with your search.
Last edited by Multihullgirl; 02-09-2014 at 08:43 PM.