Interesting. My highlight standard is different from yours, Eisberg:
"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
Italics: by the above in italics, I take it to mean that in order to get a reasonable ride in the heavy displacement mono, you have to get 'fairly well down in the boat…'
Well, I'll go with Blake's assessment in its full context... I believe someone mentioned earlier, a common refrain among offshore sailors is that, in very general terms regarding heavy weather tactics, 'a good monohull will take care of you, whereas you have to take care of a multihull...', or words to that effect... Seems pretty clear to me, that for the sort of shorthanded voyaging most Mom & Pop cruisers do, he's endorsing a typically more easily-managed monohull...
ENZA was a 92-foot cat that Blake and Robin Knox-Johnston chose in setting the RTW record 20 years ago. Sailed by a highly experienced, professional crew, she was quite a bit different from the boats most of us sail with our partners, or family/friends... No doubt the motion of such a boat off the wind in a blow could be pretty comfortable, although one of the main reasons their first Jules Verne Trophee attempt had to be abandoned, was the extreme battering the "God Pod" between the hulls took from the seas, and had to be substantially re-designed and beefed-up prior to their second, successful record attempt... However, they were almost forced to abandon the second attempt as well, after Blake seriously injured his back after ENZA stuffed her bows at speed, and he was out of commission and confined to his berth for a couple of weeks...
Finally, you'll note that I said ENZA was
a 92-foot cat...:-) This was the last the world saw of her, after she capsized near Cape Finestere a few years ago while being delivered to England by a professional crew...
Conditions at the time were reported to be slight slight seas, good visibility, and winds 11 KNOTS. In an interview with the French press today, skipper Ben Jones said that they were hit by a sudden gust of wind. 'The catamaran accelerated from 15 to 30knots and we were not able to slow her down.'