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.
No I haven't sailed in or to Alaska but several of my friends have and it's no feat, lovely area though. Sailing in the "open ocean" in the higher latitudes is a different game and I have done my share of that over the years.
I sailed an Altantic 55 cat for soem 30000 miles. In Salavador (Br) I fell into conversation with a gentleman in a 40ft off monohull festooned with rope coils on drums and all the other antartic gear. He spend a lot of time there. I asked him the same questions; "in your boat, 55ft, I would be happy to sail there. But not anything smaller . . . " Never did do it thought ..
The issue is pack ice. A strong mono can slowly push through but once ice jams between the hulls of a multi you soon realize you cannot push miles of ice. If you get jammed it will either crush you or you have to rise up on it.