That of course is a valid point of view, but on the other hand most cat owners have only experienced their own cat. We on the other hand see almost every cat on the market, close up, in a wide variety of weather and sea conditions, almost daily.
I've been on boats almost all my life and I certainly don't have to be aboard a boat 500 yards from me to see it is making more leeway than headway, or assume that it is must be very uncomfortable ride when a 40 odd foot Lagoon is showing both her keels as she pounds directly to weather, under power, in measly 5 to 7 foot seas and 20 knots of wind!
Or sitting in an anchorage where we are rolling deeply, but slowly, and the cat 50 feet away has a very sharp, jerky motion that I, once again, assume must be terribly uncomfortable. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that the majority of the cat designers/manufacturers have never actually anchored or moored a cat with a bridle, because the only attachment points available for the bridle on a great number of these cats, are the bow cleats on the outside of the hulls forward (for tying to the dock, I assume), making the bridle run around the front of the bows to the anchor or mooring buoy, chafing the sh*t out of the lines and wearing on the paint! That leads me to wonder what other idiotic things these designers have incorporated into these boats!
So, believe whomever you wish and dismiss others like me with snarky comments like "They know exactly what they are talking about - first hand." or "your strongly held opinions" and completely ignore the fact that mine are mostly not opinions at all, but first hand, close up observations, from over six years of seeing a great many different boats, in a great variety of conditions, out here in the eastern Caribbean.
Capta, I don't know where to start on this. Most cat owners have only been on their own boat, and you have mucho experience with catamarans because you live in charter territory and see many of them each day?
Am I an expert on monos because I see them every day (well, actually I have more experience mono than multi, but the point is still valid)? I see a lot of racing boats also; am I an expert on them? Same with power boats?
Neither of your statements are factual. Most people I know with catamarans have much experience on different ones. This is the same with most people I know with monohulls too. From the this posting and your earlier one, it is obvious you do not know much about this boat type, or are wallowing in confirmational bias.
There is not a sub-50' catamaran that crossed the Atlantic at 14kts in the ARC, let alone multiple ones. It just doesn't exist, unless there was a full-out small racer that I'm not aware of. You can look that up instead of "heard tell".
The bridle thing is laughable - particularly since you assigned this problem as an inherent deficiency in all catamarans, and even implicated the designers and builders. Perhaps you did see a particular boat with this arrangement - I do not know of a single model that has it, and have never seen it done this way (and I guarantee that I have more personal experience with more catamaran brands and models than you do). Perhaps you saw a charter boat where the charterers didn't understand how to connect a bridle, or the regular cleats for this purpose were unusable or broken due to other charter mishaps?
And because you know this bridle thing is a design fault in all catamarans, you question the entire build and design of all catamarans.
Shall I tell you what I've seen done by charterers in monohulls? Even owners of monohulls? It would curdle your mind to know the bad designs inherent in all monohulls based on my observations of the above.
What boat goes directly into weather under power in 5-7" short seas and 20kts without bouncing around and showing its bottom? Maybe a big heavy slow mono, but most all boats will be wet and bouncy in this. How does this even play into an argument?
I have 15 years of direct experience of both owning and sailing on many different catamaran brands and models from old Prouts to all-out racing and everything in between. 10 of those years are full-time live aboard cruising in different and varied areas. I spend time almost daily having discussions with other catamaran owners, and crawl through and around different ones seeing all the systems and design/build.
Here is the bottom line: you are full of it with the above postings. There is no other way to put that, and to believe that sitting in charter country observing boats from a distance makes you an expert on them is incredible hutzpah.