Originally Posted by w32honu
This old monohull
sailor wants to hear from you.....
How have you been rewarded with the conversion to multihull
Any regrets with the switch? Any bias' been left behind?
Has the switch impacted your pleasure of cruising?
Any converts gone back to monohull
What have been your pros and cons?
Thinking about taking the plunge.........
Most of your questions are dependent on how a person would define things.
Several posts have mentioned what posters describe as a quick motion of a multihull
compared to a smoother motion of a monohull. I have never noticed a quick motion on my cat, but I tend to pick weather
windows and do a lot of sailing off the wind
; something that results in, at least by my definition a smooth motion. A lot of what some folks call pounding can be eliminated/reduced by falling off 5/10 degrees; something that often increases speed enough that VMG does not suffer.
I notice a lot of multihull guys have electronics
things like VMG. Something that requires a solid battery
bank and a learning
curve for a chart plotter. In fact I always seem to feel I need to spend more time with the user's manual for my chart plotter. Back in the day I use to sail my Dad's boat and used an old AM radio
as an RDF.
for most multihulls are often fully battened, while monohulls can/do get away with simple dacron sails
. There is really no right/wrong answer to a lot of these questions or which one is the most rewarding.
I have changed the way I cruise
. Trips that use to require getting up well before the sun and anchoring
after dark are now all done in daylight, and anchoring
is much closer to shore due to shoal draft
most multihulls have. One downside of multihulls is they tend to not do as well as monohulls in cold weather
, I freeze almost to death on mine.
Don't see going back to a monohull. Too much upside in a multihull. The biggest downside is cost.
There is no perfect boat. Before you take the plunge my advice would be to spend some time defining what you want to do with the boat. Where will you be sailing. Most of us will never round the three great capes, or cruise
for months without seeing a grocery store. Few will even cross an ocean. Most of our sailing will be in good weather. A boat for this type of sailing is far different than one that could sail in the Southern Ocean.
Once you are able to define just what you want to do with a boat it is a lot easier to find the right one.