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Monohull 138 36.70%
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Old 08-03-2015, 09:42   #541
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Re: Monohull or Multihull Sailboat?

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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, 10:50   #542
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Re: Monohull or Multihull Sailboat?

And you are still tuned in………..??:big grin:

It seems I am always a bit late to the party.

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Old 08-03-2015, 11:00   #543
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Re: Monohull or Multihull Sailboat?

Thanks Mike……. I do like the shoal draft aspects of the multis. In general they are all fairly thin on draft. I can see the advantages in Eastern Australia to be sure.

I assume your Piver has a fixed keel of some sort??

If so………how well does she point? Are you tacking through 90 to 100 degrees on the wind??

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Old 08-03-2015, 13:57   #544
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Re: Monohull or Multihull Sailboat?

How many posters has this forum? Why only 363 votes?
Why is this pool on the Multihull sailboats forum? Maybe that has to do with the small number of votes?

It should be on the General sailing a forum that monohull and muttihull sailors share.
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Old 08-03-2015, 16:48   #545
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Re: Monohull or Multihull Sailboat?

My Piver 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.

Any trimaran 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 but bigger.

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.
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Re: Monohull or Multihull Sailboat?

on original topic...

I convinced my wife sucesfully mono is good enough for her so we could slash couple of 100k's from the price and maintenance but then I was the weak link and wanted cat. There is no comparable thing as lazying on the net in front during ride or after. Who cares about 3.4 degrees of pointing ability.

And then what can one do on the net in safety of the dark....

So, she gave up
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Re: Monohull or Multihull Sailboat?

Thanks guys. Good info. I have a plan set for one of the Marples cruising tris. There is a fixed keel mod that he includes with the plans. It adds an additional foot of draft, which is not much, when compared to the center board in the full up position. Trying to get a feel for the performance (on the wind) as compared to the centerboard version. Total draft with the fixed keel is still less than 4 feet. But only by a hair.......Which is still shallow draft in my book. It might be worth the additional foot for the ease of build and maintenance. Also less moving parts which is always a plus.

Just might build this boat........

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