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Monohull vs cat on extended passage?
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.