I don't have anything against monomarans - I've sailed lots of voyages in monomarans, I'm just saying that a life raft makes more sense in a boat that can sink than it does in a boat that can't. I'm not relying on just the balsa core
to prevent sinking, either. I'm adding almost a ton of polyurethane
floatation foam to the boat.
of fire at sea is quite real, and I have posted about it at length. The boat I am building is being made with that in mind, with the encouragement of the USCG, as it will be rated to carry paying passengers. I am using fire retardant resin in the boat's construction, the engines are diesel
, the engine
rooms will have automatic fire extinguishing systems, we will have an engine
driven fire pump and fire hose system, the galley
stove will have stainless steel
under and around it. I think I'll also put intumescent paint
in the engine rooms. The galley
and water heating equipment
are located on the bridgedeck, and the boat's interior
is like a Wharram
, with each entrance into the hulls being outdoors on the bridgedeck, so no propane
can sink into the bilges. There are also many watertight bulkheads which would serve as fire stops.
It is always safer to stay with the boat if it hasn't actually sunk, so with a multihull
, I think the best survival strategy is to make it possible to stay with the boat no matter what.