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A multihull sailor has to take care not to get overpowered. This is one major reason multihulls reef for PEAK wind speeds rather than the average wind speeds. When a gust hits a monohull, it can often bleed ofb much of the excess force by heeling--something a multihull can't do. Some multihulls will have distinct warning signs of when they are getting ovepowered, others will not.
Many catamarans, especially those designed for the charter trade, are poor sailing craft and not much faster than monohulls. Others, like the Chris White-designed Atlantic series or the Melvin & Morelli designed Gunboat line, are very good and typically sail in the teens or higher.
I'd point out that these boats are not exceeding hull speed, but that their design requires a coefficient much higher than the 1.34 typically used for displacement monohulls.
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a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
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