I read many of these questions from folks who have never sailed, or have sailed little. These new sailors
need to start crewing
at their local yacht club or with friends. After a year or two, I think they will know enough to ask the right questions.
Now, re Sabbatical's question...a modern, fast, trimaran
- which I own - and which I prefer over a cat for several reasons, sails
like a monohull. It lays to its anchor
, like a monohull. Down below, it usually looks like a monohull, but it costs more than a monohull (three hulls!). Need an end-tie, usually (my boat is 62' x 45'), where cats can wedge into a wide regular slip. You usually need to get to 40'-45' before there is a good amount of room below. A modern trimaran
is really a monohull with training wheels...but sails
twice as fast. A trimaran moves out, and can be sailed hard.
Most modern cats today are really power boats with auxiliary sails. Over-powered with sliding glass doors, several heads, etc. The layout is entirely different than a mono or tri. Much more roomy and "spacious", let's say. I'm not a big fan of cats, though I have raced many small, fast ones over the years. I rather, however, own a cat than a monohull. Aloha...