Re: How do you feel about catamarans?
It really is disappointing that so many take such a question as a cause or mission to bash a type of boat, especially so in that few have any real experience. Over the past 6 years I sailed my Moody 46 mono some 28,000nm and then my Lagoon 440 some 15,000nm to date.
All sailboats as we know come with pros and cons, and all have advantages in some conditions over another. It all depends on where you are sailing and perhaps budget. You will meet very few full-time cruisers that would go back to a mono but much of that is the comfort for full-time living and ease of movement on deck. One is not safer than another in real terms, although cats are statistically a bit safer. It's more about being a good sailor.
The whole pointing issue is overdone as well since if the cat is sailed well one can go down 10 degrees and still match or exceed the VMG of the higher pointing mono, assuming you are comparing a cruising cat to a cruising mono.
I like them both, I have chose to go cat for now but would not have an issue going back to a good mono, especially in say the Med where marina costs are so high. Also on long passage with short period seas like the Pacific I prefer the motion on a cruising mono over the jerky motion of the cat but upon reaching our destination - the cat for sure
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