Originally Posted by Southern Star
Billgow, virtually all monohulls sink due to the heavy ballast, whereas most cats (since they have no ballast) will not. This is an important attribute in any boat for obvious reasons (one can survive a holed hull), but it is especially critical in a cat because they are not self-righting.
I understand the sinking monohull
thing so the idea of an air tight chamber should be even more important to them. I would think a cat with one blown out hull
would continue to float as long as the other wasn't compromised.
Don't get me wrong, I'm all for safety
and I like the idea of lots of flotation. I just don't see how a Leopard
with bunks in the bows is much less safe than one with the bows completely sealed up, especially if the area below the bunk was sealed off anyway. It appears to me these bunks are well above the waterline.
I'm looking at the 47s so this isn't an issue for me personally. I'm just interested in the whole flotation/safety issue.