Originally Posted by YADO
Wow, I am really surprised to read that you would "have made the same trip in a 45' monohull
..." I really wish you would and that you would cover the trip as extensively in writing as you did with your Privilege! That would be a fascinating read and I know that I and many others have great respect for both your opinions and writing/publishing skills. Seriously, the same journey but in a monohull
........I'll buy the book and dvds.
I have a lot offshore
experience in monohulls from 36-63' and depending on conditions, get tossed around when below. I have zero offshore
in a cat, Bahama charter
only, so I'm wondering if you get tossed around as violantly in a cat? It's the brutality of being below in weather
, offshore in a mono, that made the idea of a cat a better fit for my wife.
I was ready to sail around the world in a Westsail 42, but my wife doesn't like heeling over, so we ended up in a catamaran
When Gulf War I happened, we were getting hit by Scud missles in Riyadh, and we decided to take a break from the war because nobody in the family
liked dodging scud missles. We were evacuated out of Riyadh, and we ended up in Florida
for about six weeks. I looked at a Westsail 42 in Tampa/St. Pete, and I considered making an offer on her. It just so happened that the Miami boat show
was happening that week, and we drove down to Miami
and looked at the yachts. When my wife got on a catamaran
, the handwriting was on the wall. She would be willing to sail around the world on a catamaran that did not heel. And when she went for a demonstration sail, my fate was fixed. There would be a catamaran in our life.
If I was sailing offshore in a monohull, I would probably do it in a yacht with a low aspect rig and high initial stability to make my wife most comfortable. Except for rolling downwind, I like the motion of a monohull better than a catamaran. The motion is less quick and more predictable on the monohulls on which I have sailed. If I was doing a lot of high latitude sailing, I would much prefer a monohull because I can't afford a large enough catamaran to suit me for high latitude sailing. I want a humongous bridgedeck clearance if I am going to do high latitude sailing in a catamaran.
We wanted to do a tradewind circumnavigation
, and so a catamaran worked very well for that. Cats are awesome downwind sailing vessels in the trades, and there is no rolling to contend with. My wife also felt safer having collision
bulkheads, five water tight compartments, two engines, two rudders, and two steering wheels. All of those things made it easier for her to feel confident offshore.
We once had a large hole knocked in the bow of our boat, and only a liter of water entered the small space in front of the forward collision
bulkhead. That imparts a lot of confidence when sailing offshore in tsunami debris and when there are logs
and containers in the water. The same hole would have sunk my Westsail 32 or my Renegade 27 in five minutes. Of course, I don't think the collision would have punched a hole in the bow of my Westsail 32.
I have to admit that when I sail offshore, I do feel safer in my relatively unsinkable catamaran. I know that if I ever flip Exit Only over, I will have a very expensive life raft.
My major worry offshore is fire or explosion from propane
I really like my catamaran, and I have lots of confidence in her ability to keep us safe in rough weather
. But if my wife had not wanted level sailing, I would have probably gone on the same voyage in a heavy displacement
monohull. I would have spent substantially less money
on a monohull than I did on my new Privilege
39 catamaran. I would have found a vessel coming off a cruise
with full cruising gear
, fixed what needed to be fixed, and then set sail. I am sure I could have spent 100-150k less on the front end of the trip.