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Re: How do you feel about catamarans?

Wow. Lots of uninformed catamaran bashing. What's the real problem here guys? If you don't want a catamaran, for God's sake don't buy one. But don't come onto a sailing forum spouting 'expert' wisdom when you haven't spent any time at all on a catamaran.

I'm a sailor. I'll always be a sailor. I like all sail boats and I own a catamaran. This doesn't mean I pop into sailing discussions and tell anyone who'll listen that monohulls are a death trap. On the contrary, I continue to sail on all kinds of sail boats because I love to sail.

As to the criticism on catamarans pointing worse than a monohull. I'll concede the point. However, I'd like all of you to start a boat log and log time of boat ownership versus time on your boat away from the dock or your mooring. If you are honest ... that log will eventually show that 1% of your boat ownership is spent sailing and 99% is not. So which is more comfortable over the time of ownership? And lastly, let me ask a question. Are all you guys single? I have met damn few women who look forward to spending the weekend walking on walls of a monohull at a 30 degree angle. The ladies want to relax and enjoy themselves. The only thing that beats a catamaran for boat comfort, is a bigger catamaran.

Finally, my qualifications are 10 years of catamaran ownership. In that time, I've been caught in a hurricane, I've been struck by lightning, I've been caught out in tropical squalls numerous times. I never flipped over, no one on my boat ever sustained an injury unless you count hang overs. And yes.... it's true. I've never ... ever spilled a beer while sailing. My best friends are monohull sailors and without exception can't wait to get on board my boat when we sail together and drop anchor.

And this is more words in this post than I've typed on Sailnet in 6 months.

Ease up guys.... we aren't the enemy.
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Re: How do you feel about catamarans?

who is here bashing whom?
some prefer cats and others dog.. äähm - monos...
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Re: How do you feel about catamarans?

Tropic Cat, the question asked by "Solon" wanted to know about catamarans. "Solon" is doing home work, just as all of have done. That's why the best boat in the world is the one you own and sail. The boat you pick fills all your needs. Some boats are just to party on while others are to race. So like the rest of us " You pay's your money and take's your chance's". (sic) Your post sounded like a hungry man's sales pitch.
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Re: How do you feel about catamarans?

I like the fact that they draw very little water and .........well, can't think of anything else:-)
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Re: How do you feel about catamarans?

Have limited experience but will note the following
virtually all ocean going multis have escape hatches. You flip over just go out the escap hatch to get to open air.
In a sea way monos tend to have low frequency oscillations whereas multis tend to have high frequency ones. Spent a few days on a Newport- Bermuda multi race with a racing tri. Was nearly live lumber as I couldn't time the movement of the boat and it was hard just getting around. Came home black and blue on outsides of arms and legs from bumping into things.They say some get sick from high freq and some from low. If you are a high freq. person stay away from multis. The light performance multis are hard to sleep in for me. Can't wedge right in and stay put.
For me the Neel boats are very appealing. The cruising cats with helms on top of the houses seem to be a horror show as a sea boat. The new Chris White with the funny rig seems to make a lot of sense as well.
Won't be a multi in the future for me. Can't afford the maintenance and operating costs (in and out, storage, dockage, two engines etc.). Real happy with what I got and will put up with having 6 1/2' under me.
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Re: How do you feel about catamarans?

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....Your post sounded like a hungry man's sales pitch.
Does it? Do you have a reading disability? No where in my post do I advocate anything. It's posts like your which caused my rant to begin with.
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Have limited experience but will note the following
virtually all ocean going multis have escape hatches. You flip over just go out the escap hatch to get to open air.
In a sea way monos tend to have low frequency oscillations whereas multis tend to have high frequency ones. Spent a few days on a Newport- Bermuda multi race with a racing tri. ...
Let me stop you here.... What did you write in this post that explains why you're qualified to tell everyone that all catamarans flip over? Or that sailing on a trimaran qualifies you as a 'qualified' expert on a cruising catamaran?

And there is my problem with these posts. Unqualified / uninformed catamaran bashing. Someone heard a story or read a story and presto, apparently an instant arm chair expert has been born.

I could go on and on, but why bother arguing with such an esteemed group of experts.
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Re: How do you feel about catamarans?

It seems to me that in six pages of this thread, there have been only two replies from people who own or have owned multihulls… I'm not seeing any balance here, and I would hope the OP goes somewhere else and gets better-quality opinions.
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Re: How do you feel about catamarans?

It seems to me that there are zero replies from cat owners that aren't defensive. Unwarranted defensive. I tried to scan the replies for this bashing and see little to none. Way more cat ranting.

Maybe that good feedback for the OP. Get a cat and you'll hang with a bunch of hair trigger ranters.
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