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Monohull vs cat on extended passage?

Upon further thought, it seems to me that the answer is with the sailor. Competent seamanship will overshadow the boat. Therefore, I don''t believe it is an either/or discussion, but what are the attributes of each.
A lady that responded to my post on the SailNet email lists under catamarans, is an unequivical believer in catamarans, and particularly when in the open sea.
Let''s further the discussion with info from sailors who have been there.

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I am inclined to respectfully disagree here. From my recent experience in extreme conditions, I feel strongly that there is a point where the boat becomes the most important member of the crew.

As K. Adlard Coles'' says in Heavy Weather Sailing: "... in a survival gale of force 10 or over, perhaps gusting at hurricane strength, wind and sea become the masters."

Few will ever see those conditions, but if it happens, believe me you will be damn glad of having a safe, seaworthy boat. For me, I have the conviction of a religious convert that that means a full-keeled, narrow-beamed monohull.
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A thought on safety....
First off, i have never sailed on a cat, but sure would love to try it. Anyway, i work offshore in the gulf of mexico on the rigs. I have seen how fast a tropical low can turn to a tropical depression and then to a tropical storm and all of this happening directly overhead with no prior warning. So if this were to happen to someone say 300 N miles from land and one wanted to escape to safety.....in a mono hull @ approx 6.5 K, thats about 46 hours or approx 2 days. In a Cat at say 20 K, that would equate to about 15 hours. So, am i correct in assuming the cat is the safer vessel in that it is exposed to the elements for a much lesser period of time? Please explain to me where my theory is going wrong, as i said, i have never ben on a multi brefore.
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To be sure, that is one school of thought, and one that - not surprisingly - many cat owners subscribe to. However, the situation that I alluded to above was one in which the system was unavoidable and there was no place to put in quickly. A catamaran''s speed would not have made a difference. I would never again want to count on onrunning/outguessing a major storm system''s track.
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Monohull vs cat on extended passage?

All very good points sneuman.Just came back on a 50 foot fishing boat,25+ foot seas,chopping ice off with an axe,blinding snowstorm,at times 50knots of wind,for 10 days.Just for the halibut.Leaving for St.Lucia to spend the winter....seeya all.
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