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After reading a post about a good sailer being on the fine ege of boat control in a big storm. I am definitely going to do more research and consider different boats. Even a Hobie 18 would be a little more controllable in a storm by adding two feet there would be a little more stability.

Is much better info than a tv show about people who make one bad desion than builds into something a situation where they almost died.
I have some thinking todo
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When I was a kid ( early 70's ) I sailed a hobie 18 and worked for Sol Cat building 14's,16's and 18's; at that time none, including the hobie had floatation foam .

The Sol Cat 18 was almost identical to a Nacra, which if I was thinking of a adventure like this one, would be the cat of choice for me, a Nacra 18
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You're really a lot better off doing something like this in a boat better suited for it. A beach cat was never designed to sail in bad weather reasonably... most beach cats are very much overpowered for the amount of hull and they tend to be pretty unstable once the wind picks up. They generally aren't designed with any way to reef the sails either.

BTW, if you think I'm being too negative, please remember that I sail a trimaran as my primary boat... and am a big supporter of CRUISING sized multihulls.
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