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Old 15-12-2008, 05:28   #1
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Mono vs Multi

Having only sailed monohulls but not one eyed when it comes to change I am still not convinced about Cats. If you talk to Cat owners they all say the same thing, fast, comfortable, roomy and safe. Does anyone no the stats re sinking's etc in bad weather versus monohull. I agree that they have many ++'s but it would be nice to get some un biased opinions.
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Old 15-12-2008, 05:43   #2
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Having only sailed monohulls but not one eyed when it comes to change I am still not convinced about Cats. If you talk to Cat owners they all say the same thing, fast, comfortable, roomy and safe. Does anyone no the stats re sinking's etc in bad weather versus monohull. I agree that they have many ++'s but it would be nice to get some un biased opinions.

Ah yes, that old chesnut.

I recommend looking at some of the past threads.
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Cat vs Mono

If you are looking at buying a quality boat from a known manufacture then you should be ok in heavy sea's. But I think it comes down to the Captain himself. Wheather or not a boat is safe in storm like conditions has alot to do with the decission's the Captain makes.

Lots of Cat's cross the Atlantic every year, I have sailed both and for Island hoping I like the Cat. For sailing in big sea's I still like a mono hull. Cats also cost alot, more to dock ( due to beam), and some have two engines (saildrives) or outboards you have to repair. Overall I think Mono Hulls are less expensive to opperate.

I guess the best one is the one that you feel comfortable on.......

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Meyermm,

Based on the numerous threads on this topic, I'd say that it's going to be difficult to get "un-biased" opinions here. This is one of those questions that gets argued back and forth by advocates, not impartial observers.

Do some poking around in the archives with the Google search function found in the "Search" pull-down menu in the blue bar toward the top of the page, and you'll have enough interesting (and entertaining) reading to last you for quite a while.
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Old 15-12-2008, 06:28   #5
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I agree that they have many ++'s but it would be nice to get some un biased opinions.
Unbiased? You have to be kidding. Listen to Hud3 and search the forum as this has been beat to death here.

As for safety data. Start reading here.

SSCA Discussion Board :: View topic - Trimaran capsizes off New Zealand! Multi-hull or Mono-hull?
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SSCA changed their forum url . this post is to correct the link given in the previous post.

SSCA Discussion Board • View topic - Trimaran capsizes off New Zealand! Multi-hull or Mono-hull?
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Fast, comfortable, roomy, and safe sounds like a good start to me. I use to love to heel on Frolic, and cruised 4k miles on her. It was what I knew, and what I comfortable with. Now I have 10k miles on Imagine. All boats being a compromise I would not buy another mono. Unless I lost everything financially, or sailed into the Southern Ocean to round 5 capes. I am not bias just experienced in both, and recognize the differences.......i2f
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Having only sailed monohulls but not one eyed when it comes to change I am still not convinced about Cats. If you talk to Cat owners they all say the same thing, fast, comfortable, roomy and safe. Does anyone no the stats re sinking's etc in bad weather versus monohull. I agree that they have many ++'s but it would be nice to get some un biased opinions.
Regarding sinking statistics, a modern cat shouldn't be able to sink. A properly designed cat should be habitable even with both hulls severely holed.

Of course there are other ways you can lose a boat than sinking.

Clearly you can cross oceans safely on both mono's and multi's. It's been done hundreds of times.

So it's really a matter of personal preference.
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There are a lot of threads comparing the two. While one can make some generalities of each, I think it's important to keep in mind not all monohulls are built the same nor are all multi-hulls.

Cost is the big thing keeping me mostly to monohulls.
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Cost is the big thing keeping me mostly to monohulls.
I know a few people who own cruising cats. All of them moved to a catamaran after many happy years as proud monohull owners. So, I ask them. Would they go back to a mono? 100% say that the Catamaran they own will be their last sail boat.

This got me to thinking. When I young there were few greater thrills than having a responsive boat hard on the wind. I'm not so young any longer and neither are my friends. After some thought I've come to the conclusion that it's true that buying a catamaran is heavily influenced by the comfort issue. Not necessarily just our comfort as there are admirals, family and friends involved. Having more speed, and in my opinion greater safety, on a Cat and adding these benefits to the comfort a catamaran provides, and the wise men think their way right into a catamaran purchase. Evidently we never look back.

I wonder what percentage of sailors would own a Cat if the purchase price wasn't so steep?

And is the new progression ... monohull -sail, catamaran - sail, then ..... trawler?
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And is the new progression ... monohull -sail, catamaran - sail, then ..... trawler?
Very likely, Rick, but I'll bet that those who can will opt for a power cat when they take that last step.

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Nah... upon reflection, I think we're just gonna buy bigger diesels
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I briefly considered a Multi-hull before I bought and rehabbed "ZigZag." Biggest issue for me in the Upper Chesapeake was where to put it. None of the Marina's in my area had slips wide enough. One place said they would rent me two slips and take out the middle piling, but I would have to pay for two slips. Granted it was not a complete survey of all marinas in the area, but the ones I was familiar with had nothing.
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it would be nice to get some un biased opinions.
As others have said read the many posts and draw your own conclusions.

Opinion: a belief or judgment that rests on grounds insufficient to produce complete certainty.
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Un-biased opinions? Hah!

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As others have said read the many posts and draw your own conclusions.

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A pretty funny opening line.

Should try an anchoring thread next. OR perhaps something about varnish or waxing.
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