Originally Posted by robert sailor
Truth is very few sailors actually know exactly how their boat is built and how it compares with others. Most cruisers do in fact choose their boat based on the floor plan.
Very true and also understandable as we live on them mostly. Few ever see the conditions we are talking about. I know my next purchase
has a high degree of livability in it.
My opinion is that in 99% of conditions most boats including production boats, cats or monos will look after themselves if you can keep one of the ends towards weather, even lying a hull mostly you will be fine ( not recommending this). Boats generally can handle more than we think.
I would assume that most here haven't experienced 50+ at sea, I haven't. Ive experienced mid 40s several times but not sustained for more than several hours. For me the most important part of those experiences is how I acted, people underestimate how that environment
can alter your behaviour, very noisy, boat starting to slam, gunnel under water, very dark, pouring rain, the feeling of pressure on the boat, water coming on deck, tiredness.....how you react is more important than whether you are on a cat or mono, most important is staying onboard, it would be easy when the world goes to crap to make a mistake and fall overboard
, the boat will still survive but you won't! In 40+ knots you could not get me on deck without a harness even if the sail was destroying its self, its just to easy to go overboard
. You can argue a cat is more stable in this environment
which is true, but they unpredictably jerk which can off foot you.
Personally I believe a cat with no mini keels and no sails
up left alone, beam on or not would survive most things, and most likely safer than a mono, this is theory on my behalf as ive never sailed a cat in heavy weather. Recent experiences make me question how well a cat would cope with being caught out when winds go from 5-45k quickly? We can say a good sailor would reef early and not get caught BUT as humans we screw up, I know I do!
As Jim said earlier skill and luck pay a role, I would emphasise luck.
As a side note my partner was praying behind the wheel
last time we got caught out ..lol. I was on deck (crawling) ,pitch black, pissing rain. I know how the boat is built, what she can take and where we were so wasn't overly concerned ( wouldn't say I was happy), my partner dosent understand these things thus she went looking for God..lol. and she's not religious!
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