Please. Constructive debate.
I'm a committed cat man because:-
We'll be living aboard
We won't be looking for trouble (racing on set days and set courses).
We will want to do some two week legs (so heavy weather
capability is req'd)
IF: I was weekending from a somewhere near the sea residence a mono would be a a much cheaper great escape, club class racing
would be fun, and I'd learn mono techniques. Perhaps then I'd be happy to take a mono to sea because I'd understand it well, taking a multi would be like a car driver taking a caravan on holiday. Not very different until - .
Captains are like drivers, they range in experience (regardless of how many miles), tolerance and raw ability. Sticking with what you know is safer. When I bought front wheel
drive I learnt how not to crash it. I learnt not to go into corners too quickly. Same with the two different sailing styles, they are different. I still like hanging out the back end in a rear wheel
drive, (not mooning) I don't like a front wheel drive that doesn't want to turn in so I balance tyre pressures fore and aft so it does. I've learnt to cope with, and balance the weaknesses of each design. Mono / Multi is a much bigger difference.
The QB Storm Multi that was 'almost' tipped sideways was presumeably unable to deploy or control an adequate drogue
or sea-anchor. (Presumeably.) It's the understood solution for deep sea storms. I note that the US Coastguard don't like sea anchors but is this because of shallow water
storms being steeper and more likely to break over the bows or just that coastal skippers don't take enough precautions with learning
the system and preventing chafeing?
On the mono's those most at risk SEEMED to be those that couldn't control how the boat lay. Was this lack of drogues/sea anchors or what
? Answers please.
There are so many solutions to storms. We all don't want to be there. We all want to be prepared. A few are good enough to share their experiences of the bad times and how they coped during them. How did they prepare and train before that? What equipment
did they wish they had?
A good working radio
is lesson one. See the rescue
A good mast head
light is lesson two. See the rescue
Also - A Mayday should also be recognised as advisory, i.e. 'Things are pretty bad and if I don't call back in three hours then I'm presently at X,Y and heading Z.' Things won't seem so bad then. Somebody knows your deep in it and is watching out for you. Many of these boats called for 'Get me OFF' assistance when the boat itself didn't need it. Not that they were wrong, I wasn't there.
And, as I remember, the multi was sunk at the express insistence of the wife on board before she would be, and after she was, rescued.
Hope it's never you or me. To be lost at sea is the stuff of nightmares and scary films. There are not enough survivors to make it a rewarding experience.
So please:- Open and constructive thoughts, experience based opinion, discussion of how it should be done subject to this that and the other.
I read for experience, I want to sail for a different set of experiences, surviving a bad storm is not on that list.