Now this is an interesting reflection of this discussion about monos and multis. Though I'm not a fan of their video series, Paul and Sheryl Shard of Distant Shores have over 100K miles sailing and living aboard since the '80s. Their first boat was a Classic 37 that took a complete refit...
Then came a Southerly 42...
Then a Southerly 49...
Then a new Southerly/Discovery* 48 (which has the Hunter arch by the way - nice)...
*Now, for the tie-in. Discovery bought Southerly - so another mono builder bites the dust. But Discovery also has the Bluewater Catamaran brand.
And when you think about the sailing abilities of and approaches to these two boat types - it actually makes a lot of sense for Discovery to have these two lines of boats.
Here is this couple covering an Atlantic crossing on a Bluewater 50...
The first 8 seconds gives you a very good idea of how stable these cats are in big seas. But let's evaluate its seaworthiness based on past discussions of what it takes to survive out there...
1:42 - Oh boy, Capta will love the fact that this particular "roomaran" has the hot tub! No circular staircase though.
2:18 - Not just in-hull portlights - but freakin' picture windows! Death.
2:26+ - ZERO proper seaberths - death.
2:33 - HEATED TOWEL RACKS IN THE HEAD? WTH?!?!?!
2:38 - Angry sea ready and waiting to bust out those in-hull lights and kill everyone inside. Death.
2:50 - Dual headsails - good. In-mast main - death.
2:57 - Swept-back spreaders and no backstay - death and dismasting.
5:18+ - Interior tour of the last thing you'll ever see before dying. NO PROPER SEABERTHS!
8:42+ - Exterior tour of what will be underwater when she fails to right herself and breaks the deal!
9:15 - Hot tub baby!
9:50+ - Selling their stuff.
And here is the footage of the boat failing and everyone dying...
It's hard to watch...
1:48 - You can see where the boat was already falling apart. A bad omen.
3:53 - You can see the diamond stays and swept-back spreaders - with no backstay. Did they rip off Hunter? This mast will NEVER make it across the Atlantic - or at least the main will be in tatters.
5:39 - Where are the fiddles on those countertops? And why are you people strapped into the galley?
7:03 - They haul in a nice catch for dinner. A dirty filter.
8:24 - More boring cooking - no Flying Chefs.
9:00 - The boat begins to sink and everyone tries to figure out how to staunch the flow of water. Panic sets in...and the lady eats another cinnamon roll.
9:50 - They ignore the emergency have steak and wine as they await their fate. No one is even holding onto the wine bottle to keep it from falling over!?!?!
10:12 - Drunk on wine as the boat sinks, they put the assym up - hoping to make Tortola before they slip beneath the waves.
Oh good lord there looks to be 3 of these videos. Let's just jump the end to see they went down...
1:50 - He gives an overview of the boat (a 50'er designed for couples).
3:16 - Cake. With seagull crap on it. And stuff all over the counters - unsecured - AT SEA!?!?!
4:05 - Very dangerous galley protocol. The pan isn't even in the tongs!
4:15 - Good lord they cooked the poodle. It must getting bad.
7:39 - Still waiting for the F12 storm. You know it's coming.
7:55 - Dude talks about out of 8 crossings, this is the lightest wind ever...proving that catamarans are safer.
8:40 - A look at the nav station as alarms are sounding all over the place with that water streaming in from the cheap escape hatch.
9:26 - The galley at night. He's barely able to stand up from the horrible motion of the catamaran.
10:00 - He brags about the battery bank and everything being able to be run off AC inverters. And 3 fridge-freezers. What couple needs that at sea when your fighting for your lives?
10:20 - He points out the obvious ridiculousness of standard, comfortably living room chairs on a proper ocean going vessel.
11:57 - Finally the F12 comes. Oh never mind.
12:50 - The seas come up at least. And that lady is still nonchalantly cooking like she's on a cat or something!
13:32 - Finally the boobies come out!
Wait - LANDFALL!?!?! It's only been 21 days and no one is dead!! They're just fatter and more well-rested!?!?! How can that be?!?!? Have they never heard of SN?
What a let down.
PS - You can compare this crossing with their other videos on their Southerly's. I'll take the Bluewater, thanks.