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Monohull vs cat on extended passage?
Old prejudices die hard... Early cats did have a propensity for flipping and a lot of the bad press comes from racers who spend all thier time on the edge (and frequently over it). Todays catamarans are benefiting from advances in technology just like fiberglass mono''s did, remember the old wood hull die hards and osmosis. A shallow keel or centerboard/daggerboard cat will slide down the face of a wave that in all probability would roll a mono thru 360. With sail plans that are purposely under canvassed, a lower center of effort with a longer boom, shorter mast, and fuller bow sections that reduce the chance of burying the bows, a modern cat is very stable and safe. Lloyds of London publishes capsize rates for thier insured boats and there are significantly less amoung cats then monos. Granted there are less cats but proportionally the difference is still significant. It''s like all sailing, know your boat, watch the weather and currents, reef early and often, and don''t spill your gin & tonic...