Sorry Rohan, since the thread is entitled 'do multihullers ever go back'
, I took it that you were a monohuller who had become a multihuller for a period 'in your mind', but were now thinking of another monohull
for your next boat. Anyway, Weavis is correct - monst multihuller don't dislike monohulls at all. I owned a series of monohullls and went to a cat for my current
boat because it worked best for my wife and I and our intended use for the boat. Your needs/desires/priorities may vary.
Since you have been following this thread, you will no doubt have observed that there have been extremely few examples cited of people who have 'gone back' and that, of those, most if not all have been third-party examples - 'I have a friend who', or, 'I know someone who'. That may say something to you, or it may not.
Let me tell you what not only sold my wife and I on a cat, but what will likely keep us there.
1. Bright, airy, spacious interiors.
2. Lack of heeling. Yes, many new monos with wide beam and relatively flat underbodies aft have significant form stability and heel less than most monos in the past. Nevertheless, they still heel MUCH more than a cat. What does this mean in real life? More secure footing on deck
and when below. Plates and glasses that stay on the dining table when underway. Much easier food
prep when underway (no need for a gimballed stove or a wearing a harness to cook!). Much easier to pour and serve drinks when underway. Much easier to sleep when underway (no need for a lee cloth and double berths become usable and safe in virtually all conditions).
3. Shoal draft - Opens up more harbours, permits anchoring
closer to shore, increases safety
when entering some harbours.
4. Ability to dry out at low tide for inspection
of the saildrives/rudders/keels if you have had an 'incident'; regular maintenance
, replacing anodes).
5. More headroom
over the berths. Many monohulls have scant headroom
over aft doubles as all, or part of the berth is often located under the cockpit
. At boat shows on monohulls, my wife frequently says that she would feel claustrophobic in all but the forward island berths (which are, lets face it, far from ideal when underway).
6. Stability under anchor
. No more rocking and rolling! And how much time do you spend under anchor
7. More deck
and lounging space. Really, there isn't anything better than sunning on the trampoline. What is more, if you have guests, you have the ability to be separated (cockpit and trampoline). Try lounging on the foredeck of most monohulls.
8. The ability to go below to the galley/nav station without actually 'going below'. No more need to struggle up a long, angled companionway
ladder while holding drinks, tools, etc., etc.
9. Twin diesels. This not only provides redundancy, but makes docking
and maneuvering incredibly easy. Of course, at very slow speeds you can mimic the control with a bow thruster on a mono.
10. Protection for the inflatable
when on davits
. The portion of the hulls that extend beyond the end of the bridedeck provide significant additional protection for the dinghy
when underway and taking waves off a stern quarter.
11. Huge amounts of closet space. Yes, overloading a cat is unwise. However, clothing
is relatively light and my wife truly appreciates not having to cut down her wardrobe excessively.
12. More space for solar panels
in areas that will not be shaded. IMO, increased electrical
capacity is a good thing.
13. Better access to the diesels for maintenance
. No more squeezing around impossible spaces, or removing side panels
to get at all of the diesel/saildrive.
14. Virtually no prospect of broaching. The beam and twin rudders aft mean that broaching is a near impossibility. This is important when sailing a trade wind route
where sailing off the wind
15. The ability to fly a symmetrical spinnaker
without a pole. Easy as can be to set, trim and gybe. Once again, very useful when cruising in trade
16. Excellent performance off the wind. Ditto.
It may be that none of these will be priorites to you, but then again, some things to consider.