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How do you feel about catamarans?

What does everyone think about catamaran sailboats? I have not seen any post about them. Are they harder to sail? Are they safer in off shores sailing?
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Re: How do you feel about catamarans?

That'll be my next boat.
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Re: How do you feel about catamarans?

Smack this is the one that made me start thinking about them......1992 Crowther Modified Spindrift Cat Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com Does anyone know of a site that tells the pro's and con's about catamaran?

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Re: How do you feel about catamarans?

Look up Bumfuzzle and multi versus mono. He wrote a great article comparing the two.

As for this boat - it looks like a nightmare. But it's pretty cheap. If you don't give a damn and just want to sail one - maybe it's okay. Definitely not my kind of ride though. The scotch glasses are dirty.
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Re: How do you feel about catamarans?

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Does anyone know of a site that tells the pro's and con's about catamaran?
I am writing the ASA 214 exam next week, so I have been collecting web sites

Catamaran Vs Monohull

Multihulls vs. Monohulls | Advantages | Catamarans & Trimarans | West Coast Multihulls

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If others have more - bring them on.

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Re: How do you feel about catamarans?

Once they are full of cruising gear they dont point up wind . They are great when you get any where as far as space is concerned, they need huge anchoring gear as they try and sail the anchor out and very noisy with waves in between the hulls and when at sea in the rough most of them flex so much that you almost get catapulted through the roof and all the doors fly open.They make great floating caravans personally I wouldnt have one but lots of people love theirs.My father recently did a 2000 mile delivery on one into the wind he reckoned a good mono would have got to port a day earlier.
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I'm no expert on catamarans and have sailed only a few. One thing I noticed early on and then actually started looking for was the location of the stays. Most of the port and starboard stays are further aft of the beam than on a monohull. This compensates for the absence of a back stay. The problem is you can't move the boom out too far when going downwind.

Other than that minor complaint, they are fast. On a delivery a couple of years ago, we had a 31' catamaran up to 13 knots in the gulf stream off the coast of Florida. Then the owner decided to reduce sail. It was night and pitch black. My recommendation was to leave things as they were rather than turn broadside to some steep swells as we turned into the wind. And that brings up the other topic of safety. In a monohull, I would not be as concerned, but a catamaran can get flipped with a rogue wave.

Nevertheless, they sure are fun to sail and all the space makes for a lot of room to stretch out when at anchor.
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Re: How do you feel about catamarans?

I pitty Solon for his weak Google Fu.

Couldn't find a lot posted? Please.
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Re: How do you feel about catamarans?

I think the main problem with catamarans is that they are, almost without exception, ugly.
My wife would probably love one, she doesn't like heeling. The space would be nice. Their ability to go to wind and their ability to tack would concern me. Perhaps if we were to go for an extended cruising lifestyle they would make sense, but for the sailing I do, I like my mono.
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Re: How do you feel about catamarans?

Please don't pity me lol. I'm new to sailing and the computer. Why don't you cheer up a little. I'm just trying learn a few things. Why do people even leave a unfriendly remark anyway? Life is GREAT so try to enjoy it, and try being nice you feel better and look better.....
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