Long time sailor, but new to cats. Have been out about 15x in the past year.
1. I am on a mooring
, and single
hand. Easy to pick up mooring
by myself. Just get the pickup stick between the 2 hulls, I can then grab it and get one of the 2 pendant loops over over one of the cleats
. Once one is on, I can then pull the other one on, or if too much wind
, can leisurely go back to help, re maneuver boat and get other loop on.
2. Docking. With 2 engines, it is so much easier to position and place the boat that with my other monos. I have gotten out slips a few times that after I had done it, wondered if I was really that good, because in a mono, I would have bumped and scraped all along the hull
. Hint, I am not that good, it is just that much easier. Truth be told, if my mono had a bow thruster, it would have been much easier as well.
3. Sailing. All lines are led to the helm
station on my boat. 1 electric winch
. Turn into wind
, raise main (yes, a PITA to make sure it clears stackpack lines) on electric winch
. Fall off. Pull out roller furling
genny, place sheet on electric winch. done, now sailing.
Was out in 22-25 last week. Reefed main to 1st reef point. Had to go 12 mi directly into the wind, so tacked all the way there. Set autopilot to wind mode. When I have to tack, hit button on autopilot to auto tack. take sheet out of self tailer, wait until boat comes around, release line, pull in new jib
sheet, wrap around winch, hit button until it sheets
in. The only way it could be easier is if maybe I had another electric winch.
I can't say I am expert yet, but for day sailing
at least, I can pretty much single