I would go with a trimaran
if I went multi hull
. I've had both cats and tris. I saw a neat one on TV the other day, it had crank out pontoons that folded back against the main hull
, didn't need as large a slip that way. I like the more standard hull of a trimaran
. I've been on a 18 foot Cat that I owned and it broke up, it was in the lake near my house, when that happened you had nothing but a bunch of pieces floating, not much to be seen. A power boat
passed within 50 feet and never even saw us in the water
. There was about a 1 foot chop, that's a lot for a lake 2 miles wide, I was sailing downwind, a gust came up and nosed us in, didn't pitchpole, it leveled off with the hulls about 1 foot underwater. It slowed almost to a stop, then the downforce of the mast
broke the cross beams. Luckily I and the wind
was headed to home port and in an hour we drifted the last 500 yards or so pretty close to where we put in. I took the car up to the house/farm, less than a mile away and brought the tractor back with a big flatbed trailer and hauled the mess home.
A trimaran wouldn't have broke up like this. I don't like cats for this reason.
House cats are ok, farm cats are great, and maybe even a boat cat, I could stand, but I'm not fond of cat type sailboats.