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Old 24-03-2012, 23:33   #91
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Will never have a cat without the flybridge, just too good to give up.

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Old 25-03-2012, 14:09   #92
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Re: Multihull or Monohull

Originally Posted by Oliver L. View Post
Tamif, Cruisingcat,

re: pounding: the charter agent had told me I needed to retract the daggerboards fully above 8 knots. Weeeell, 8 knots came and went and it was so much fun I did not even think of retracting them. Then we heard several loud "bangs" - as if we hit something. Checked the boat, no, we didn't. Tried to see whether it was maybe the props, so put the engines in gear to stop them - wasn't that either. Finally we retracted the daggerboards, and the banging was gone. It was not continuous, but it seemed to happen whenever the laminal flow reversed itself, i.e. when the daggerboards tilted only a tiny angle and then went full speed to the other extreme position.

Weird. Just yesterday I was sailing at a pretty consistent 9-12 knots for about 60 miles, (peak was 13.5) with the board down a little - AWA around 45 degrees. There was a little knocking at times, but never any loud bangs.

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Old 25-03-2012, 15:13   #93
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Re: Multihull or Monohull

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Mono hull or catamaran .... cheeze, tricky question.
A typical Kiwi - born in a dinghy. Monohull for >20 years.
Now live aboard - on a 46' Fountaine Pajot catamaran.
Again, mono or cat? Depends on what the intended use is.
Racing and weekend meanings, go for half a boat = monohull.
Liveaboard? Catamaran without question.
You spend >90% of your time at anchor, and a cat doesn't wallow in the swells.
I have seen plenty of monohulls look like a metronome at anchor - pretty scary.
Most important of all - on a cat, you never spill your drink.
Size? If doing passages, I read somewhere that delivery guys don't like delivering a cat less than 40' because of the hobby horse effect.
Sooooooo, go longer. An interesting point that the December 2011 Yachting World made in an article comparing different cats, is the new versions of both Lagoon and Fountaine Pajot are both pretty heavy (at around 42') and hobby horse quite a lot. Also, the driving station upstairs is very uncomfortable in a big sea.
Hope this is of some help. If you would like some links to my wires blog and other sailing stuff, I have a website. Still being added to, so keep on checking it out. is the address.
cheers, Russell
Some good observations.

Like your humour on your website.
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Old 26-03-2012, 04:13   #94
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Re: Multihull or Monohull

Dirkdig - I can understand the upstairs driving station being a pretty good place to be. Your experience would certainly be a lot longer than the guys writing the article in Yachting World - having crossed that big piece of water ..........
Where in the Land Downunder do you keep your boat?
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Old 26-03-2012, 04:23   #95
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In Cairns at the moment, it was d&d who sailed a 440 from Italy to Sydney.
Thats a long way to test the flybridge in all sorts of conditions too.
I always laugh at those who knock the concept, they have little experience usually.
I am yet to hear anyone who has that setup not like it.

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