Originally Posted by gosstyla
Beowulf VI was a 39ft cat (designed and built by the Dashews) and the boat they started their cruising life. However, rather quickly they switched to Intermezzo, a mono.
Also, it seems they maybe marketing
their new "unsail boat".
Furthering the Dashew question...... This was quoted from a thread by Steve Dashew on the Multihulls Yahoo group from 1999.
A friend has sent along some e-mails posted about our inquiry on heavy
tactics in mulit-hulls.
We are just finishing up a book on this subject and have been having a
hard time finding first hand accounts of successful tactics in really
with multi-hulls. So, if you have first hand experience,
or know of anyone, please get in touch with us.
I read with interest some of the historical comments on my involvement
with the multi-hull movement, so perhaps I should set the record
I started sailing cats in 1958 - my first boat was a Wildcat - a
17-footer that was the hottest thing around in the olden days. A little
later my Dad launched what was one of the first big cruising cats, an
early design by Rudy Choy, the 58-foot HukaMakani. I was then involved
in several Shark cats (20-footers) and a number of class C and super Cs
(really mini D's).
The incident in the Chicago One Of A Kind regatta
was with a C-class cat
which we lost
coming into Belmont Haror entrance in a Northeaster. We had
the rig feathered to slow down, a big shift hit us, flow on the rig
attached, and we flew off the face of a wave and starting cartwheeling.
A 32-foot D cat followed (Beowulf V) and as mentioned in one of your
letters, she was like a big Tornado - in fact we used a Tornado deck
that we stretched. We raced and cruised this boat for about five years,
including five trips to Ensenada as "escort" for the Cinco De Mayo racers
(we always made it a point to get into port first to make sure everything
was ready for the rest of the boats) - this included the year of the "big
blow" in which half the boats turned back and two ORCA cats flipped - we
were in ahead of the first race
boat by about six hours as I recall
Beowulf V1 was a 39- cruiser/racer with a small cuddy that we used to
take our daughters cruising aboard - they were one and three at the time
- always with a hand on the mainsheet traveler control.
When the time came to cruise
I never really considered
a multi-hull as I felt there was no room for error in heavy weather, and
if a breaking sea caught you the wrong way, there was nothing any level
of seamanship could do to avoid inversion.
As to my writings over the years about the suitability of multi-hulls for
cruising-which are based on something over 200,000 miles of experience in
mono hulls and multihulls-I believe the following:
1-If you go offshore
in a multi-hull you need to be prepared in advance
to survive inverted.
2-Multi-hulls which are overloaded (as are many of today's cruising
multi-s) are far more dangerous than those which sail light.
3-For a given budget
, you can buy more cruising boat speed and can carry
more payload in a monohull
4-If you sail offshore in a multi-hull, you need to be sure there is
plenty of wing clearance (however that is defined) otherwise the slamming
will be most annoying.
5-Multi-hulls require more attention and are less forgiving in heavy
weather than mono hulls.
6-Multi-hulls do not sink if properly bulkheaded in the hulls . However,
extreme care needs to be taken with the containment of freewater or it
will destroy the structure in which case one hull may sink while the
other floats leaving you capsized at an unlivable angle.
7-A big advantage of a multi-hull comes when hitting a reef-they can
float over the edge into the interior lagoon
where a monohull
will lie on
the reef edge and be pounded to pieces.
Having said all of the above, if I were looking for a boat for day
sailing, or local cruising I'd always opt for a multi-hull - if kept
light, they are faster and way more fun to sail.
Which brings me back to what started all of this - I am looking hard for
some first hand experiences with heavy weather tactics in multi-hulls, so
if you know of anyone, have them get in touch with us.