Originally Posted by gilligansail
Hi, I would love to hear from anyone who has experience with high latitudes in a Cat. I plan to do some sailing in the North Pacific
as part of a 2 year trip. I've seen a couple blogs of sailors with Cats that went far north and far south. Most advise I get is to go with a monohull. Sharing any first hand experience on a Cat in High latitudes would be appreciated.
North coast is decidedly different in winter or summer. As you head
North from Vancouver Island you'll find less and less 'stick boats' (so called as they hardly ever have sails
up), once up in the Prince Rupert area and North the winter doesn't see many sailboats at all. Welded Aluminum
work boats with good heating
systems are just about all you see out on the water
. Pilot house sailboats that can handle a week or two of solid rain and sleet are also found now and again usually motoring. There are two types of wind
; Not enough and too much, and since it blows down or up the channels you've got a 50% chance of wind
on your nose. It would seem a mono would be able to shake a few feet of snow off the deck
a little easier, just by way of tipping and scooping. Tarps are de rigour for the rainy season.
Summer is a different story altogether. Although not many ports
have haul out
facilities that could handle a large Cat, I'd think the ability to beach during a tidal swing would be a huge advantage for a cat, and on a warm summer day a catamaran
would be the perfect platform for exploring the islands and channels.
Winter not so much;
Above (brother in law's trawler) is just one more reason to head
south for winter. Fifty years of that has made me a little jaded. Sorry I can't help with first hand cat knowledge, but honestly I can't see many disadvantages. Run what you brung.
goat (loves me some palm trees)