Re: Multihulls in a tropical storm ... Ok, a bit of reconnaissance on weather
goes a long way in staying out of a tropical storm ... BUT ... two quick examples....
We left Shelter Bay Panama
(canal zone) with a great forecast
to get to Providencia, Colombia
-- end of November south of the hurricane
zone. Two days later we were chased into Providencia by quickly forming (and not forecast
even the same morning) by Hurricane
Ida. Not a fun ride.
Second, friends that had a multihull
, experienced cruisers, on their way back FL ... good forecast, rogue wave
. Flipped the catamaran
in the middle of the night. The next morning they didn't check in on the NW Caribbean SSB
network, not normal. The Net notified the US Coast Guard after they didn't check in at the 5 PM checkin that night - again, not normal. The USCG acknowledged an EPIRB
but it went off almost immediately. Friends boat inverted, had to knock a hole through the bottom of an ama. Rescued by USCG.... scary.
Had a chance to sail a multihull
for the first time a few months back ... LOVED it, even though we're confirmed mono sailors. Would we switch? Can't afford a multi, so don't have to confront the issue.