Originally Posted by Seadog54
I agree with previous posting
about not rounding up but falling off in the gusts as this will cause bait to accelerate and take the sting out of gust like this.
Just try that in a real blast. You're going over. I've sailed cats for 30 years, and mostly that is bad advice. As for hoping the cat will side slip... get a better cat, cus' if it will do that it will not go to windward.
As for the notion that you cannot feel a cat heel or react to the wind, the more accurate versions is "a mono hull
sailor cannot feel a cat heel." Cat sailors can feel it perfectly well, even a few inches, or a slight sail imbalance. The wind feel is very immediate, it just requires a different calibration of the sense.
If the boat is hard on the wind, gently rounding up enough to feather just a bit and easing the traveler is enough (it is easier to grind the traveler back up than the mainsheet). Blow the mainsheet if it is scary.
With the wind aft of about 120 degrees, bearing off is generally the only thing to do. Rounding up will increase the power and you will go over before you feather. This is most true on "cat rigged" boats with no back stay, since the shrouds prevent the boom from easing all the way. However, if the wind is too strong things can still get out of hand, as there is no way to drop sail.
Anywhere in between requires judgment. If the sails are stalled or the chute is up, bear off and blow the chute if needed. If above a beam reach, blow the main completely and round up. Jib
depends; if it is small, sometimes it is OK to leave, and it will pinch off the slot when the main is eased.
The main thing is that a cat sailor NEVER looses situational awareness and will see a burst coming from the look of the water
. I can honestly say I have never been surprised such that I did not have time to round up or drop the chute fast. This is not about the weather forecast or electronics
, this is about keeping your eyeballs on the water
And there are areas where a monohull
will be a better choice for most people. On the US east coast
it seems clear it boils down to wants and the sailor.