There has been some excellent advice about learning
to sail here.
If you persue multihull
sailing be prepared to hear a lot of crap from uninformed monohullers. Change instructors. Talk to Mike Leneman at
Multi Marine :: The Art and Science of Sailing
Ask him what he thinks of the advice you got at school
The Daggerboard issue elicits a lot of arguement, most people defend what they have. My understanding is that generally speaking daggerboards will allow you to point higher than a centerboard
(pivoting) or a fixed keel
. You can retract it partially to tune to conditions reducing wetted area (drag) and retract it fully to sail downwind with the least drag. If the daggerboard is designed so it will be flush with the hull
when retracted it will not drag an open slot through the water
(more drag) like a centerboard
. The downsides are that it is more expensive to build, it takes more gear
to operate it, you have to remember to operate it, if you ground your boat on the daggerboard you can either break it or break the trunk that it resides in, and unless it is built really well it will rattle in its trunk, a board perpendicular to the waterline (fore and aft) is probably the most effecient at leeway control and catching kelp.
I have centerboards in both of my trimarans and would rather have daggerboards.
I would like to add another few bits of advice: before you buy anything, charter
boats, beg rides, take classes
, crew on every boat you can get a ride on, until you have a better idea what you are getting into. Don't assume that the charter
fleets have the best designs for cruising full time. Don't let the moronohullers browbeat you out of multihulls if that is what you decide to do.
I have been sailing for 27 years and have owned and sailed:
30' Sparkman Stevens (mono)
44' Kelly Peterson
58' Alden Ketch
27' Nichole Trimaran
32' Cross R series Trimaran
and now own:
34' Kantola Tri
44' Marples Tri
I wish I had learned about multihulls before wasting so much time and money