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One problem with rotating masts is the masthead tricolor. Since the mast rotates, you can't use a normal tricolor... the most common setup to deal with this is two different tricolor lights, one set up for the mast on a port tack, and one set for the mast on a starboard tack.
Rotating masts are more maintenance, since they have moving parts.
I think a fixed mast would be easier to repair, lower maintenance and more durable.
Generally, the rotating masts will be more efficient than a fixed mast.
If you use a bridle or anchor via one of the hulls, you can get minimize the sailing at anchor. Generally, it is less of a problem than it is with monohulls.
Heaving to depends on the wind, wave and boat specifically, so I can't really say.
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