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Monohull 138 36.70%
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Old 20-08-2009, 18:32   #526
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Thanks FreeTime - I've never seen anything like that. Someone way more experienced then me is going to have to explain those maneuvers.
What shall i say.

Not so much to explain, first boat is out of control in a broach. And you see the blue one hit a rock pretty hard. Then the boat turning around, probably this started with a hard hit.
But i also guess the water is lover than normal. And the race, i guess you can take different ways and this is a little faster way, or can be.

I think i will go to this place next year if i expect strong winds, with a own camera...
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Old 20-08-2009, 22:32   #527
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The word coming to my mind watching the video is carnage. The video reminds me of my first sailboat that I raced in the Panama Canal Zone when I was an intern. We did stuff that I would never do today. I try not to do crazy things anymore.
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Old 21-08-2009, 00:31   #528
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Some people got more money than brains.

That last one with the bowman getting launched was funny. Bet he didn't see that coming. Also quick thinking by the guy in the cockpit to get a hand out.

You gotta wonder what they are thinking almost trying 2 abreast through there. Pretty stupid stuff.
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Old 30-08-2009, 05:38   #529
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This is a faster (or not) way in tjörn runt, and they have thoughts about to stop this way. But people will know it to next year, and maybe it was little lower water...can go up and down just 20-50cm, during the season. And also they buy bigger and faster boats and the last one they had could sail there...
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Old 21-07-2010, 19:18   #531
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During my most recent season in the Caribbean on my monohull, I estimate that during our time on the boat, except for the time we were asleep, that we spent 98% of the time sitting in the cockpit. We usually had 5 or 6 people aboard and there is really only room for 4 or 5. When you cruise, you only sail for a few hours per day. Size does make a difference. A multi-hull offers the opportunity to sit in more than one place each day, entertain guests aboard, stretch out and enjoy sun, shade or a lounge area.
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Old 22-07-2010, 05:47   #534
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Apparently, perceptions have changed. Maybe those multi / mono battles were worth it after all.
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my perceptions haven't changed. Having done probably 60-40 bluewater on cats vs. monos, respectively, I still prefer monos, at least for now.
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....respectively, I still prefer monos, at least for now.
"At least for now"? I have to ask since you've taken this position, what could possibly change your mind?
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Old 22-07-2010, 16:07   #537
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For me it was "due-dilligence" in research into proposed cruising region, (The Coral Sea and adjacent regions), and as one who enjoys cooking, - try cooking in a "rocker" and then in a 40ft plus cat - and ask some of the neighbouring monos over for sundowners and a meal ... in a 'galley-up' layout on a NON-production cat where the owner has a clue or two on what they want as a live-aboard...

For me Bob Oram design had the perfect hull and the ability to accept other views and aspirations with flexibility and understanding up to a point... He insisted quite bluntly that he would not tolerate any change in engineering integrity and any changes would be via his design board only... So I got a good boat in a style that accommodates my aspirations ...
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"At least for now"? I have to ask since you've taken this position, what could possibly change your mind?
Lots of things. If I ended up back in the tropics and felt shallow draft was critical, if my wife had quintuplets (and I won the lottery), if, if ...

I always leave the door open.
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Re: Monohull or Multihull Sailboat?

Interesting thread. I have read about 80% of it and skipped ahead. So forgive me if this question is a bit off from the latest posts…………

Anyone have any experience with the Constant Camber tris of John Marples fame? They seem to fit squarely into the cruising camp and retain good performance and load carrying to boot…….

Just speculation on my part. I have no experience with the boats.

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Old 08-03-2015, 08:48   #540
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Re: Monohull or Multihull Sailboat?

I sail a trimaran (not a Marples design--which are improved Sea Runners in some cases--and separate designs I believe in some others.

As sailing vessels I nan quite certain that they would perform very well indeed--but trimarans are not without their little idiosyncrasies (try putting one into a crowded marina in a strong crosswind or cross tide.

Apart from the problem getting insurance in Australia for wooden vessels and trimarans in general--which means you have to anchor out and use your tender to carry water etc because they will not admit your uninsured vessel to fuel and water without third party property damage and public liability cover.

Nothing sails much better than a tri though. Mine ghosts along on very little wind--I an long gone in the mornings before any cruising monos have enough puff to get going, and although it is almost a motor-sailer, not dragging seven tons of ballast through the ocean makes her a little more swift on less sail area..

Having said that--my next boat will be in epoxy glass or vinylester, and will be a catamaran with centreboards. On the Australian coast you need to be able to slip into creeks for shelter sometimes--and that means bar crossings often under motors. My tri draws approximately 1.3 metres when fully provisioned--a cat with boards up draws about half to three quarters of a metre. BIG advantage.
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