has the Cross modifications and does point reasonably well-- it has mini-keels on the amas so it sits almost level when beached ( I put 100mm blocks of pine under them fastened to cords so that they can not reach the propeller
when I reverse off the beach if anyone forgets to bring them aboard once she floats clear.
The main hull
has a long keel
under it--it only adds about half a metre if that--and it is less in the centre of the keel area--but it makes a great deal of difference.
If I were to acquire another trimaran
such as Liberty--having lived aboard her for years and sailed her in heavy seas (we rarely get them inside the reef--but occasionally we do) I have learned to take them on the quarter if possible rather than to try them head
on under motor
would be 8improved by the addition of a keel. or failing that, a centre board such as the Sea Runners employed. Sometimes it is possible to be "In Irons" and one can either luff off or start the engiune and just drive her onto the other tack. Mostly she sails
like a dream--just like an OK dinghy
I think all trimarans, and some cats, are tropical dream machines. YOU NEED SHALLOW DRAFT
It lets you get closer to land in the lee of an island, or to beach her completely and tie her up to kedge and shore anchor
and get a decent night's sleep with no watches.
When you get a really bad storm, a tree lined mangrove creek is a safer place to be. My tri was unscathed except for paint
scratches, when the anemometer on the mast head
read 250 kph maximum gust. Had I drawn more water
I might not have been able to enter safely, so within reason the shallower the draft the better, because sometimes a storm will not wait for high water
to let you enter safe sheltered waters.