I tend to have my boat/s ready to bail out at very short notice. It would be uncommon for me not to be able to get up and be moving (the boat) inside a couple of minutes maximum. Saying that I often leave sun covers up and things like if the weather
is stable but at the same time I don't usually leave anything up that would hinder the boats movement. If the weather has any potential nasty in it I will pack the boat away as if I was heading into a 60kt nasty.
A bit of 'where you boat' comes into this I suspect. Much of mine has been Sth Pacific and the weather can change real fast down this way. One trip just a couple of years back; the forecast
was OK and the horizon looked fine. Having brunch at 11am in 10-15kts, saw some clouds on the horizon about midday and was bare poles doing 6kts at 2pm with the wind gear
maxed out at 65kts. It can easily do stuff like that in NZ as well, fantastic at lunch and complete yuck by dinner. Actually today is shaping up that way, in for a big bit of wet and wind this evening by the looks. At the moment (3pm) we have a few clouds, sun and nice but it does have an evil feel about it. If I was on my boat I'd be packing her up to 'YuckCon Level 2' right now.
Again it comes down to personal choice, which to a point is dictated by past experiences. As I've had frights previously and do boat in fast weather changing areas I now tend to be more prepared for the next one as most people probably would. If you haven't experienced that or are in a stable weather place you wouldn't do what we do, which is quite understandable.
Also many of the boats haven't been mine so tend to be a bit more careful, as you do. Along with that is I have also had many occasions when the rest of the crew are newbies and would have no idea what to do or be able to handle me in my undies (and before you ask, Yes it is a damn sexy look....not
) hurriedly trying to explain what to do at 4am. Due to that I tend to be ready to up anchor and move single handed even if there are other people aboard.
I don't mind a bit of rock 'n roll really. It is the ocean after all so it's not like you can expect none all the time. I've also been in the odd anchorage where the monos sit happily and the multi's, usually the bigger ones, are doing all the movement. Often in the Pacific Islands you get a ground swell coming in and when it hits the shallower waters it produces not so much waves as a stepper swell. This can have the effect of getting the bigger (wider) multis lifting a hull
on one while the other doesn't for a few moments. Then the down hull
comes up while the up hull goes down giving a noticable rocking motion. While it's never looked that bad they are moving where everyone else is just gently going up and down on each swell.
I'd say that as a general rule
Multis do sit calmer at anchor but on the odd occasion they just don't. Well I bloody hope so anyway, that is one of the reasons I'm going to 2 hulls with my next big boat but I'm also not expecting to be less rock n' roll than a mono every time.
Oh and by the way, yes I do realise sometimes you are just stuck with what you have and can't do much about it. But I'd also suggest there is always 'something' that can be done or at least there should be.
One rule I live by 'Always know where the escape route
is and if there isn't one, make one'. Having zero options is dangerous and silly, beit in my car, at anchorage or at the mistress's house