Originally Posted by sailor1026
I'm new to multihulls and would like some advice on boat handling in emergencies.
The quick-stop maneuver is typically recommended for a man overboard situation. I'm interested in how it should be conducted in a multihull when going downwind, particularly at higher wind speeds.
Another maneuver is reefing. There was a recent article in MultiHull Worlds about reefing while going downwind, which seemed to work for us. What is the general feeling about reefing while going downwind vs turning head-to-wind?
Are there any other maneuvers in a multihull that warrant caution?
We've read the book recommended by cat man do (good recomendation) and other books
, videos etc. etc.
I think one needs to practice and try out different techniques to see what best works for you and your boat.
Personally I reef while going downwind because I hate bouncing all over the show as the bow comes up into the wind. On our boat, we do this in 'step by step stages' (ie. Main halyard
out a bit, reef in a bit, main halyard
out some more, reef in some more etc. as we do not want too much of the main sail against the stays (risk of broken battens, wear on the cloth etc.).