Originally Posted by defjef
I think one point which seems to be valid concerns the fact that there are few slips and berthing option for cats... meaning most are anchored and getting them repaired may be more expensive requiring special facilities.
Anchored does not necessarily mean more vulnerable, but they do have more windage than a monohull
of similar length and perhaps anchoring
may represent a greater hazard in a blow.
Getting a vessel repaired at a special facility may mean towing or some other special means for haul out
at a local yard ... of it can accommodate the cat.
I don't even know how these would be hauled except perhaps on a rail system which I don't see many of in NE for example.
These issues may mean larger claims for "similar" losses compared with monohulls.
The facts should speak for themselves. Who has the facts?
I made some observations during our recent storm through the NE. My cat was in a mooring
field with a dozen monos. During the day of 50-60 kt winds, I went to check on the boat (from land!) and the monos were sailing back and forth on their bridles sawing away at them. Even the ones with double bridles. My boat was riding steady bow to the wind
, which I attribute to the bridles going to each hull
forming a large angle. Three boats broke loose and went ashore due to chafing through their bridles. Also, I have seen an additional 5 boats pulled off the shore in this area with broken bridles still attached to their cleats
. Some of these had good chafe protection that simply gave up the ghost after 48 hours of storm conditions.
I think I can extrapolate the mooring
observations to what would happen at anchor
, since my boat rides steady at anchor
also. In these types of conditions, maybe windage is less of a concern than sailing back and forth. It seems that the ground tackle could be matched to the windage easier than setting up a system to keep from hunting around.
Yes, their are fewer slips available, but I can't imagine going through the process of researching boats and purchasing
one only to be caught by surprise that its beam exceeds 16'! Haulout facilities are fewer, but almost every geographical area on the east coast
has a marina that can haul with a travelift. And these facilities are growing as marinas
widen their wells/lifts to accommodate increasing numbers of cats and wider powerboats.
One thing the author got wrong was his story about the hurricane
flipping a cat and his comment that no one was around to see it. Both statements are false. The cat was a Manta
40 named "Route 66" and it was picked up by a tornado spawned after the hurricane
had passed and tossed ontop of a Grady White. The boat rode
out the hurricane just fine until then. This was witnessed by an owner of a Lagoon
who lived in a house on the canal with the Manta
right outside his window. The tornado also picked up a couple of large powerboats and tossed them around. I will go out on a limb and suggest that it was only coincidental (fate? provence?) that a mono wasn't hit.
Or maybe immunity from tornados is another advantage of monos?