Originally Posted by ALIAS
But back to topic..... do those under bridge deck protrusions become a issue of slamming?
Curious what are the crew requirements for comfortable handling of your Cat?
Those are the "knuckles" I described earlier in this thread that are quite common to increase hull interior
volume. They have to be vulnerable to slamming. Whether this is significant is another matter, the degree of which we may never know. We'd have to compare to the same hulls without the knuckles, which do not exist.
(FYI the center protrusion is a line conduit for the main halyard
, topping lift
, and reefing lines. After running through this conduit (and not on the deck) they re-appear in the cockpit
near the electric winch
. All mainsail
handling is done there.)
My boat has slammed. All cats do. Once on a boisterous passage
while in my bunk there was an "explosion" that rattled my brains. I sprung up, stark nekkid, and ran out into the cockpit
, expecting the mast
to fall any second. The crew on watch, sitting at the stdb helm
(one of those "deadly" outboard
) reading a book with a headlamp, looked at me like I was nuts. He hadn't heard a thing. Being in the hulls of a cat going fast is like being on the inside of a drum. Whether it's slamming or wave slap, it's noisy. Slower boats suffer this less. No cats at anchor
If you're not going to do passage
making, you don't need to worry about bridgedeck clearance. On this subject, do not ignore excessive bridgedeck length. This is easy to spot by looking for short bows.
As for crew requirements, for routine cruising, the Admiral and I do just fine. We enjoy tacking upwind. We also enjoy a comfy run under spinnaker
. We are small people and we're not particularly young. Our combined weight is about 245 pounds (~111kg). Any properly equipped boat of similar size should be similar - with practice. Right size winches. We have one electric winch
that handles the main. Manual primaries. With manual primaries you learn to tack efficiently.
Our genny is 140%. 60m2. It's a beast if you let it get the upper hand. When we race we get at least three additional deck apes. Two in a pinch....
I'd be wary of the boats with configurations that claim, "all lines lead to the helm
for easy single
handing." Who really needs that? That produces a crowded space that the crew can't work in. Imagine flying elbows in a tack. Although I rarely do it, single handing any cat with an auto pilot and good hardware
is doable. Most of the time on passage, all cruising boats are no-handed. The time you really need extra hands is arriving and leaving an anchorage or a dock
and landing fish
. We enjoy making our guests work at sailing the boat. It's not all rum
But they enjoy it. Watching three newbies tack the boat is a real hoot. They get it right after a try with each at the three stations - helm and each primary. This would be almost impossible with one of those "all lines lead..." boats. But not all people are sailors at heart and your mileage may be different.....
2 Hulls Dave