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Old 13-10-2008, 01:51   #376
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Mono's are great first boats. True.
But then yu grow up and get marries and - -
Like bikes are great (fun) but cars are better (to live with)?
But then guys are great fun but girls are better?
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Old 13-10-2008, 02:26   #377
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Mono's are great first boats.
And second boats and third boats - LOL

Actually how many out there started or spent a significant amount of time on a Hobie 16. I know I did and that's a great first boat.
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Old 13-10-2008, 05:14   #378
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The Hobie 16 was my first boat, too, Dan. Lot's of great memories of family fun and some "excitements", too, over the 28 years that we owned that boat.
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Monohull sailors get to have conversations like this:
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Old 13-10-2008, 14:46   #380
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As I consider a mono to be a half boat,

As I will be buying my next boat with my son as a half share, and this equates to half a boat

I suppose a mono makes some form of sense.
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Buddy Ebsen once said, there are only three types of boats. A Cat, a half Cat, and a Cat and a half.
Still, if I were single handing, and in something really ugly, I can not imagine anything more secure feeling than a small, well found, mono. But that is just personl preference. To be honest, I would also choose wood, so some might not think my logic is sound
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I never felt uncomfortable in my cat, or in any danger of capsize, although I pushed her on several occassions. I have felt much more uncomfortable on a much larger mono in bad conditions. I suspect it is primarily because after a large number of years of sailing at 5 degrees or less, anymore starts warning bells.
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Old 13-10-2008, 15:30   #383
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I have a feeling that you are avoiding coming clean on the second half of the story .
No real hidden story. I started cruising on a 37' monohull. Lost it to a hurricane five years later (to the day!). After six months of trying to figure out what I was going to do with the rest of my life, I bought the 44' catamaran. That was three years ago and I've never been happier with a decision. Every boat is somebody's dream, but you rarely hear of anyone moving from a multihull to a monohull. Just too many advantages to that second hull.
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I started sailing before Hobies were born - fortunate really as it seems it may have saved me from a misguided future owning a cat .

But I do remember sailing an 18 foot cat back in the 1960's in company with a Cherub (a fast 12 foot light racing dinghy known in NZ, Australia and the UK) in 20+ knot winds, they planing with spinnaker and us without but we still able to pretty much sail circles around them . But perhaps could have done that too if we were in a dinghy of closer to our own length (like a Flying Dutchman back then).
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I learned to sail in a sailing skiff. It wasn't until my 30th birthday that I stepped onto a catamaran, and that was a little Hobie 18. We took it about 10 miles off shore from Myrtle Beach, SC on a sunny October day and I will never forget how much fun that was.

I agree with Bob and Talbot. Once you've gone to two hulls it's really difficult going back to one.
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I agree with Bob and Talbot. Once you've gone to two hulls it's really difficult going back to one.
As one who has been mono then gone multi and then back to mono again, I can say swapping either way does take assorted adjustments.

At the last change the 2 things noticed the most was 1 - Whot The!!! Oh that's right monos lean over. That did take a bit of getting used to again but this mono is known as a 'tip truck' version more than many. And 2 was how much more 'chatty' monos are. By that I mean monos talk back to you a lot more than multis. Being one who often is on auto pilot, the monos let you know what's with the enviroment outside and with the boat lot better.

Otherwise the differance wasn't significant. Mind you I have and do use many boats so it may be a case of me swapping boats so much I'm just used to things changing more than some so don't notice a lot anymore.

Soon to swap back to a multi so we'll see how that goes.
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Otherwise the differance wasn't significant. Mind you I have and do use many boats so it may be a case of me swapping boats so much I'm just used to things changing more than some so don't notice a lot anymore.
Don't forget throwing away all your stuff going back to cats.

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"Buy a cat! - 2 Hulls - Half the Stuff!"
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Yes I am having issues with my new beast. Trying to get good performance (better than the usual cruising average) and yet have decent load carrying is proving to be trickier than 1st expected.

I'm trying to do a 'expedition' type boat that can be totally self sufficient for 3-4 months at a go and still sail bloody well. It seems I can carry a big load but go slow or carry bugger all and go fast but I want both. It would be easier with a mono, that's for sure. I'll get there though I'm sure.....errrr....bloody hope.
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Soon to swap back to a multi so we'll see how that goes.
Will be watching out for your personality transformation .
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Yes ML1, I am a tad concerned that when I'm on 2 hulls again it may mean I'll only be able to see certain boats using only one eye and will lose the ability to be open minded to other opinions that aren't aligned with mine

Mind you last time I was twin hulled I didn't have the desire to trash anything that wasn't twin hulled also, so that bodes well I suppose.

Actually ML1 it appears it's more a CF thing than reality, down here at least.
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