Originally Posted by gershel
And a monohulls most stable position is on the bottom.
Neither statement makes any sense!
GET A LIFE
With all due respect, lighten up.
I think two things bear out my comment which was, in part, in jest.
Anyone who has had the misfortune to flip a beach cat without masthead flotation will agree.
Also the fact that many ocean-going multis provide escape hatches in the bottom of the hull(s) backs it up.
On the "flip" side (sorry), at least a multi is more likely to stay afloat in that condition, where most monohulls would rapidly sink if similarily swamped.
I'm not anti-multihull. We are fortunate to have friends that are serious, long time multi sailors and the most exhilarating sail I've had was on their Farrier 25C tri, reaching 17-18 knots in 12 knots of breeze. Great fun. But their stress level rises with the wind force curve when things pick up and they work hard to keep the speed down to avoid a major mishap.
It's also worth noting that when these same people decided to buy a boat to winter in the Caribbean, they chose a monohull.
One last thing: on a recent 50 mile passage from Guadaloupe to Antigua, close reaching in 20 -22 knots the Bene 36.7 we were on gave up at most 1 mile to a brand-new 40 foot cruising cat on a parallel course. The speed advantage was not hugely apparent. The space aboard was impressive, and it would be the best beach/party platform.