I had promissed that I would let you know, if I get an answer from FP. Well, I have and guess what, from the owner Mr. Fountaine..
The answer came in just less than 24 hours and from Mr Fountaine which wasn't copied on my mail. I really appreciated the sense of urgency...
You may understand that sharing publicly a letter sent to me wouldn't be appropriate but I can give you some clue, without adding any comment. He basically says that:
-he's been sailing personally over 20.000 nm on their catamaran
. (I knew this and I also know that all of his management team are keen sailors)
-they pay a lot of attention to the safety
aspect of their catamaran
-Lipari was developed on the base of Lavezzi
that has been manufactured over 300 since 8 years and with very good safety
features, not a single
event reported. She never had any stability problem so far.
-In line with consumers' demand, Lipari
has been made more comfortable, slightly heavier and with exactly the same beam length and mast
height. In order to not to compromise the performance, Lipari
has been equipped with new top square sails
that are more powerful.
-(Suprise, surprise) He says that I should have been on 2.reef on the main and the genoa
quite a bit furled under these conditions. Moreover, I should have had the main sail sheet cleat easily accessable and ready to unlock it.
-all of the accidents of multihulls happens always close to the shores with sudden gusts.
-he sent to me the comparative stability data of Lavezzi
and Lipari. Lipari appears to be 36 % more stable than Lavezzi and as it is, she is at the mid range of stability among 38/42 ft cruising cats.
I replied him with more or less the arguments that I posted in this forum and let's see what's gonna happen. I am pretty sure like many of the forumers agreed to, the problem is not the overall stability (resistance to roll over) but the directional stability. This might be due to undersized and or misplaced rudder
. Meanwhile, I measured the rudder
of Fidji and the Lavezzi; Fidji's rudder is well 45 % larger in area and is placed very closed to the aft of the hull
after the propeller
. (80 cm) whereas in Lavezzi (it should be very close to Lipari) the same distance is 180 cm and the prop is behind the rudder. To me that makes a lot of difference when it comes to directional stability. That's probably why Fidji could perfectly maintain her line at 14,5 kts of boat speed (almost similar conditions, 27-28 kts apparent form 90-100 degrees, flat water) while, the Liapari couldn't..
I am very pleased to see that FP is treating the issue seriously and I hope they will investigate thoroughly what must have happened, whether they tell me or not. If they do, I will share with you.
Thx again for all of yr contributions.