Originally Posted by Louis Riel
In New Zealand
a lot of offshore multihull
sailors are dissappointed with multihulls. They are only fast for local sailing where they can be kept light. For long distance cruising where you have tr to carry supplies( unless you want to have to buy them where they are extremely expensive and always be on the verge of running out) and gear
they are anything but light or fast. Their daily milages are no better than monohulls and you have more hulls to maintain.
From My observations in New Cal
, and reading Multhull world, it seems that there is a lot of large cat's are beimg launched for cruising.
In New Cal
, it seemed it was mainly multi's clearing in through custom's
Carrying supplies is not much of a problem as you are only a week from the shop's in a cat due to the speed. carrying a month's worth of food
is more an issue of space and refridgeration and keeping fresh food
edible, not load carrying ability.
The modern style of performance cat's built in Oz and NZ, while not having a huge payload still carry enough for most while retaining a lively sailing characteristic, faster than nearly any Mono.
These are usually not factory /production build's
If overloaded or of heavy build/ displacement
to waterline length, they will perform more like a monohull
speed wise to widward, but will usually still flog them of the breeze, without heel, or broaching problem's.
Beau, it is purely a power to weight equation like a car.
Big HP/Big sail VS light weight/long waterline = fast
Low HP/ Small sail VS heavy/ shorter waterline = not as fast.
Probably not the best example but my last cat ,30 ft, cruiser /racer would still win fun races carrying dive gear, 8 ft dinghy
, big box of book's, 3 week's worth of food and and piss for Africa
, yet still sail at 6 knot's in 7kn, and off the breeze we had cracked 19kn on ocassion comfortably.
Put 2 extra bodies on board and she felt slow, more a feel than anything else, would sail at around 4 kn in 7, in 15 kn of breze sailed well, but threw a bit more water
around, and still did fairly numbers in heavy air.
She just felt heavy and a bit sluggish and unhappy, not like a big dinghy