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Re: How do you feel about catamarans?

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The company for whom I do most of my instruction is a cat dealer as well and they want me to get the instructor certification.
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Re: How do you feel about catamarans?

I wouldn't try to compare the pointing ability and performance of an Outisland 41 to a J40 as it would be crazy, two completely different boats. Just as trying to compare a Lagoon to an Outremer. Not all cats are designed for the same purpose. Probably 80%-90% of the cats marketed today are produced to fit as many people on a 10 day charter as possible, so no they don't perform well.
As far as safety, the insurance industry finds cat's and mono's to be almost an equal risk for the boats themselves. But they have found injury to crew to be an 8-9 times greater risk on a mono. Maybe the motion, heeling or the inability to navigate the decks as easily on a mono.
I probably prefer the motion of the mono for upwind work but all other points of sail would to me be more comfortable on a cat, especially downwind in a swell. No rolling or broaching to worry about, put her on autopilot and she steers like she's tracking on rails.
We've owned a couple of monos and quite a few cats. There's no doubt I will stick to cats as long as I can afford them but I still like monos. In fact our first catamaran was so bad it almost chased me back to a mono!
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Re: How do you feel about catamarans?

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i feel a lot more closer related to the vikingrs than to the polynesians...

Yet the Polynesians covered more open water than the Norsemen, fine sailors though they were, ever dreamed of. As Hervey Garrett Smith says, "Different ships, different long splices." It's all sailing, right?

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ps: i like your astronomy picture of the day...
Thanks, I wish it were mine; it's a NASA site, with a new article & picture every day. The archive has some great stuff. Occasionally they have videos of things like launches, planetary flybys, and astronomical phenomena. Great for lousy-weather days. Can you say "time sink"?

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Re: How do you feel about catamarans?

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I pitty Solon for his weak Google Fu.

Couldn't find a lot posted? Please.
Why the sarcastic response?

First, I apologize. Some post simple questions simply to generate noise. If you are simply curious, I was wrong. However, philisophically, there is a LOT of postings on this subject; I always search before I ask.

But the reason for my irritation is that this sort of question ALWAYS leads to a flurry of sailors that know NOTHING about catamarans giving silly, uninformed opinions. It's just tiresom. Some of the posts were from expereinced folks--I'm not talking about you.

The best answer, particularly if you have limited sailing experiece, is to sail many boats. Likes and dislikes are very personal. I enjoy many boats, both mono and multi.
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Re: How do you feel about catamarans?

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Why the sarcastic response?

First, I apologize. Some post simple questions simply to generate noise. If you are simply curious, I was wrong. However, philisophically, there is a LOT of postings on this subject; I always search before I ask.

But the reason for my irritation is that this sort of question ALWAYS leads to a flurry of sailors that know NOTHING about catamarans giving silly, uninformed opinions. It's just tiresom. Some of the posts were from expereinced folks--I'm not talking about you.

The best answer, particularly if you have limited sailing experiece, is to sail many boats. Likes and dislikes are very personal. I enjoy many boats, both mono and multi.
For the OP:
Since the forum search feature has less than stellar performance, to search the sailnet forums for info on a particular subject, use this format in your search engine:

"catamaran" site:http://www.sailnet.com/forums/

Put your search terms inside the quotes. The more you put in, the fewer results you get, but they are more focused on what you want. For instance, searching for "catamaran sailboats" yields 4 hits; "catamaran" yields several pages of results.

N.B. There is no {space} between "site:" & the address you want to search.

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Re: How do you feel about catamarans?

PDQ, is that a standing invitation to go for a ride on your boat if we're ever in town?
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Re: How do you feel about catamarans?

My only real complaint about Catamarans.. is you can't have a decent discussion on catboats without them chiming in thinking the discussion is about them
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Re: How do you feel about catamarans?

However.. Monohulls can't do this

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Re: How do you feel about catamarans?

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However.. Monohulls can't do this
sure they can, but monohull sailors do it with their sails up...
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Re: How do you feel about catamarans?

Good thread on a mono in similar circumstances. Nice video as well.
How not to make a tricky harbor approach...
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