Originally Posted by robert sailor
OK I'll answer your questions and then I'm no longer interested in continuing this conversation on someone's else's thread on his choice of monohulls.
I have never owned a cat although it would be fun.
I have sailed on several different cats but even that experience is limited.
I have sailed on a Cat when the bridge deck was being hit by waves and while it may have been better to be able to say that I have experienced this hundreds of times I'm ok with having done it once. I have sailed in the company of many cats and because of my interest I have spent many hours talking with very experienced Cat owners about the pros and cons of the different brands,sailing qualities etc. I have learned that all cats can slam when the conditions are right and I can tell you that while I only sailed the Med for 2 years I know that the seas there are not cat friendly when going upwind in any kind of blow.
I have owned many monohulls over the years and have sailed most of the world's oceans.
Ok back to the subject on mono choices.
The Med, Carribean, Pacific, North Atlantic, Great Lakes
, Chesapeake Bay
... pick these or any body of navigable water
you like can and do produce conditions that will make All Monos slam ,bang, crash... pick your undesirable on board experiences... and will make All Multis do the same.
"while I only sailed the Med for 2 years I know that the seas there are not cat friendly when going upwind in any kind of blow"
This statement is a ridiculous unsupported generalization that if I substituted "mono" for "cat" would make it as relevant...
Cruisers Forum is a great place for the exchange and read of ideas, experience and saying hello to fellow people sharing a like minded passion that I have mostly enjoyed over the years.
It is also, at times a very negative place that displays narrow minded, "I know more than you" sometimes personal attacks (which I have participated in), and many have left because of it.
I particpated in this thread because as stated earlier I have experience with both, much more with Monos but I have owned my present boat for 8+ years and crewed, delivered, raced on many others that are commonly being talked about here.
I offered up my opinions and challenges to replies posted here and I am branded an Insecure Cat lover who "better run along" and let us talk Monos because your ideas are irrelevant.
There are many(most!) present owners of monos on this Forum who seem to coexist and enjoy exchanging ideas with people who own or are considering owning a Multi of some type.
To the original poster, please consider a multi as a potential type of sailing boat and there are many great, balanced threads on CF or start one yourself and you will receive some great info to help with your decision. I am sorry that the opinions expressed by the Mono owners above are definately not balanced imho.