I would consider a mono powerboat, or mono sail if I had to down-size. Better than nothing.
But if I had to downsize I might get a pocket trawler
around 30-34 feet for vacations and keep a small cat or performance planing sailboat for fun daysailing. The pocket trawler
idea appeals because it could be towed hundreds of miles per day at 65mph down the interstates, and launched anywhere there's a ramp
. I don't have that kind of range on my sailboat, in the limited time available for vacations.
But getting back to the original question -- all trade-offs considered (and there are some) I will always look at a mono as a step down compared to a trimaran
or cat. If I buy another mono it will be because I'm sacrificing sailing performance and level-sailing comfort for interior
space and/or cost.
This is my third tri. Before I bought this one I considered a 36 foot mono "performance cruiser". It had all the go-fast stuff, CF mast
, sprit, go-fast sails
etc. I went for a test sail and we started out in about 10 knots and the boat sailed nicely at about 6k and I was thinking this is OK but then the wind
went up to about 15k and I thought now it should get interesting but it didn't. The boat just leaned more. It didn't go any faster! On my 33ft. tri (prior boat I owned at the time) it would not have leaned any more --it would have hardened up and gone faster (probably 9 or 10k depending on sails
and relative wind
angle). The mono was like a weeble. Blows more.... it leans more but no faster to windward or reaching, much more pitching and rolling downwind. Awful motion and slow sailing by comparison, like being stuck in quicksand.
-- more wind more speed, no rolling, less pitching, no rolling at anchor
, neutral helm
more comfort and no slipping and sliding means better crew safety
without significant heeling.
PS -- I own a few mono dinghies, does that count?