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Old 28-04-2010, 17:55   #1

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Article on the History of Multihull Safety

I just saw this beautiful tri for sale HEDLEY NICHOL TRIMARAN boat details - BoatPoint Australia

On searching the make I found this article listing a lot of the old multi hull disasters and why they are perhaps still looked down on by many people.

Nobody denies that a lot of hulls make for more - 05.06.68 - SI Vault

I guess construction techniques have come a long way. Seems most of the disasters happened due to them falling apart.
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Old 28-04-2010, 19:45   #2
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Not all multihulls are created equal, and some of the earliest designs were built by amateurs who cut corners during construction and who also sailed their trimarans in a severely overloaded condition.

Modern multihulls are vastly different in construction from the older designs, and quality can vary substantially from one manufacturer to the next.

I wouldn't draw any conclusions about multihulls from stories about old designs or about racing designs.

I felt comfortable and safe sailing my catamaran around the world, but there are multihulls that I would not take on the same trip. I would have to look at each design and examine the construction to see if I would sail on it offshore.
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I didn't post that article as a dig at multihulls. I just thought it was interesting. I like them and have done some ocean sailing on an old piver. My ultimate cruising boat is on of these. Not that I could ever afford it.

High Performance Multihull Sailing Yachts, Gunboat Luxury Catamarans

But I guess this particular one would probably fall apart going by its condition However it seems a lot of pivers have done well on ocean crossings. Even if Arthur Piver was ultimately killed on one.
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