Also a Catalac 12M survived the Queen's Birthday Storm, at ground zero.
It was very impressive as every monohull caught in that same storm rolled, and was dismasted with serious injuries and deaths.
That is patently false, and it does little to further the discussion to spread such blatant disinformation...
I just happen to have a copy Kim Taylor's 1994 PACIFIC STORM SURVEY, published in NZ in 1996. A very in-depth analysis subtitled "The Boats that Survived and the Lessons Learned"
, featuring firsthand post mortems of approximately 20 yachts caught by the Queen's Birthday Storm. More than half of those monohulls reported nothing more serious or catastrophic beyond a knockdown close to 90 degrees...
You aren't aware of the Queens birthday storm? The only event in our FRP boating history that caught catamarans and monohulls in the same storm category 5 storm. The result was the event that launched catamaran sales in the 1990s. The rest is history...
2 of the 3 cats in the '94 Storm were abandoned - a much higher percentage than the monohulls that declared Maydays or were abandoned - yet THAT is the "event that launched catamaran sales in the '90s" ???
Seriously? Those early catamaran devotees must have had a curious way of analyzing the numbers, alright... :-)
Multihulls certainly have a great deal to recommend for the type of sailing and cruising many people do today, but if you're talking about sailing offshore, and going the sort of places that interest me, I'll stick with the opinion of the late Sir Peter Blake... He knew a thing or two about sailing both monos and cats in open water, after all:
For a family cruise, I asked him, what would be his ideal boat?
"It may be different from other people's, but it is a fairly heavy displacement monohull, certainly not one that sits on top of the water and not a multihull. I would not have a multihull as my ideal cruising boat because they do need a fair bit more attention than a monohull. Under extreme conditions if I am on a boat like ENZA, fantastic, it gives you a much better ride than a monohull, but with the family in a 35-40 footer, I'll take the reasonably heavy displacement mono with not too much glass in the cabin sides. People can get fairly well down in the boat, closer to where it pivots. There is a lot less motion and you can get quite a reasonable ride."
- Kim Taylor, 1994 PACIFIC STORM SURVEY, page 53