1) There's pointing and there's leeway. My MC points 'ok', I can sail at 35 degrees apparent but it's noticeably slower than a more 'comfy' 40-42 degrees apparent. But I can often pass to windward of some cruisers but not a deep draft racer
2) Never sailed with/on/against a Catana
but I'm betting it's better. Not having a genoa
hurts the MC in some situations but then, I didn't want a genoa
, part of the reason I bought a MC
3/4) Here in the PNW, NO speed is sustained for very long. Did a nice beam/broad reach this summer in 18-22 knots of wind
reef, running steadily in the 9-11 knot
range (without any light sails)
5)Strataglass is okay but I replaced mine this year with a bonded acrylic
from Rainier Industries. So far, so good, clarity is fantastic.
6)Motion? It's a cat, so the term is 'lively' going to windward in a blow. But it sure beats doing it a 4kts and 35 degrees of heel.
7) Clearance is as advertised. Have had a few wave slaps but they're not the shuddering thump that you 'feel' throughout the boat. I experienced that on another, larger cat and my wife and I looked at each other with big, round-eyed, "that's a new one' look.
8)I have no idea how the enclosure would work out in practice in the tropics... but... pls note several things. I have chartered a MC in the Bahamas
, and when it was windy, we needed to keep the forward windows in place and only permit
a corner to be open for the ventilation. It's easily controllable that way. (our new acrylic
windows have been designed to permit
a controllable amount of air through) The key with these is that the hardtop keeps out the sun's rays and the breeze blowing through is therefore 'cooler' than it would be if you just sat in the sun and in the wind
. A breeze in the shade is much cooler. We, too, use a screen
to keep out direct sunshine, it really makes a difference! Replacement cost for the enclosure with the fancy, high end bonded fabric
bumped 5 figgers!
9) I'd take the boat anywhere but Cape Horn... and that only on principle for a cat this size. It's way better than a monohull
of similar size in terms of comfort but probably not nearly as luxurious as a Lagoon
or Catana... ya wanna sail or sit in plush when you're in your bathing suit?
10)Convenient stowage is an issue. The space forward can be a magnet and that's bad. However, folks seem to manage with much smaller boats and much less stowage space so it's doable. If you must pack a lot of stuff, get a bigger boat, no matter whether mono or multi.