I was delivering a Lagoon
55 Catamaran (I think that was the size/name) in '92/'93 (has it been that long that i cant remember precise details - ugggh).
We were hit by a Tehuantepecer off of the Gulfo of Tehuantepec, on our way to Panama
via Coasta Rica, in '93. It was a famously bad year for this type weather.
We were having some hydraulic issues with the duel steering
stations, that we eventually addressed in Puerto Corinto. Nicuragua andd solved
in Puntaarenas, Costa Rica
, but at the time were causing grief.
We got absouletly pasted and it was somewhat funny
, with decades of retrospection, on how we dealt with it amd how we allowed ourselves to get into it.
So I guess the main question, based on the post previous, is realice relorts of storm strategy for multi hulls.
I cant give you strategy only anecdotes.
The weather came up quickly and as we were near the continental shelf, so did the sea state.
We tossed out a parachute anchor
in f9 conditons, gusting to f10.
1. We tied tubing to the forward cleats
on the bow via a seperate small stuff line through the same tubing as the bridle
for the parachute
2. It was this line that chaffed and had to be replaced over a 36 hour period - one time
3. We contiuend the line from the forward deck cleats
to snatch blocks on the shrouds to the main winchs.
4. Felt uncomfortable but safe - but this was a short duration high intensity storm and near coastal
5. When we got in to Puntarenas we saw some seriously battered boats - our success may be wholly related to proximity to weather centre versus any skill
...didnt have same weather access as today.
Just my limited multi bad weather experience