Originally Posted by belizesailor
As others have posted size has little to do w seaworthyness...whether multi or mono.
Big fast ULDB multis now set amazing records but, despite their impressive size they are actually more likely to capsize
than my little Wildcat 35 for example
Agree with this.
A few of other thoughts
The reason race
boats are more prone to capsize
is for lack of a better term they are over canvassed. They also tend to be what I call tender
or twitchy or overly responsive to the helm
. Not to say some folks think what I will called production cruising cats can't be over canvassed and twitchy.
The way a boat handles is sorta a given for any boat, but different folks may have different ideas about how over, or under, canvassed it is or how twitchy it feels to them.
To some extent how bad it does things like hobby horsing or slapping is also something of a subjective issue. A lot of what I will call monohull
sailors tend to be more sensitive to slapping than folks who have experience sailing multihulls.
One thing I have learned is that a small change in the point of sail can result in a big change in how much slapping a cat suffers. Another thing I learned is that even a boat like my Seawind
has a lot of options for sail trim that can make a difference in how it feels in a seaway.
I mostly single
hand and one of the first things I do is set a course and then trim the sails
so the boat almost self steers. Often times I can get to the point where a single
finger on the wheel
and tiny adjustments, of say less than an inch or two, are all that is needed to keep the boat on course.
But sometimes I have to play around with the traveler placement, working jib
sheet adjustment, and screecher adjustment. Maybe even something like just having the screecher up with a single reef in the main. The nice thing for me is I can leave my ball in Boot Key and sail in Hawks Channel in 10-15 kn winds knowing the weather forecast
and that TowUS is close by on CH16.
What ever boat you wind
up getting keep in mind that learning
how the boat handles with different sail combinations in different wind
and sea conditions is best done under the best conditions possible.
It is much better to do your first reef in 2 foot seas and 12 kn winds than in 15 foot seas and 50 kn winds.
Another thing to remember is you need to feel very comfortable using the autopilot
. The book for my GPS
is at least 3/4 of an inch thick and I am still learning
how to use it. The autopilot
is easier to operate but it is important to get a feel for how well an autopilot works, or does not work, in different seaways.
As for the choice of boats almost everyone agrees boats as a rule
are much more capable than the people on them.