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To add to the excellent points above, I''ve sailed cats in the caribbean on charters, but only sail monohulls here at home in the SF bay. My wife, of course, loves the cats--says she likes the extra room and lack of heeling. Something to consider, though, is the lack of heeling--often touted as one of the advantages of a cruising cat--can mask a potential flaw. When a monohull heels, it''s dumping energy out of the rig into the water. A cat can''t do that very well. Imagine you''re going to weather and a big gust hits. In a monohull, the boat will heel, and likely try to head up--shedding the load from the rig. The cat will not heel, nor will it tend to head up automatically. In fact, in this situation in a cat the best thing to do is to fall off and let the cat accellerate, heading up when the gust clears.
One of the local tourist cats <A href=''http://www.adventurecat.com'' target=''_new''>www.adventurecat.com</A> has lost its rig twice in the past year and a half, and speculation now is that this has been caused by her wide beam stopping her from being able to heel at all in a gust, and being too big to quickly turn downwind to run away. See <A href=''http://www.latitude38.com/LectronicLat/2004/0604/Jun18/June18.html'' target=''new''>www.latitude38.com</A> for a report on this and some discussion.
I guess the moral of the story is, whatever you ultimately buy, make sure you''re well-trained on handling it in heavy weather, especially if you''re planning on making extended passages.