I can definitely argue with some of these facts. And, I don't do it for a pissing match. Cruising has evolved, and boats have evolved with it. However, the fact that there are still plenty of monohulls being made proves that they are not an outdated form of technology. There are some great aspects of multihulls, and I concede that. However, they are not infallible. Just as with ANY boat selection, there are drawbacks as well. Everything is a trade
off, as Factor pointed out. I haven't cruised in the tropics...I have sailed in more northern latitudes where larger waves and higher winds are commonplace. Currently I'm in Alaska
. I see almost no multihull
boats around here, except for two AMHS fast ferries that are plagued with problems, and whale watching tour boats that operate almost exclusively during the summer. Even the 235 foot ferry
Fairweather didn't leave the dock
As for the 'facts':
Mono hulls do lean more, and some go faster heeled a bit. With waves, this also creates a higher freeboard on the windward side that helps protect the deck
from waves that might otherwise break over the boat.
They do not stink. If they stink, then either it's a bad design or its not being maintained properly. Just because the motor is located in the main hull
doesn't matter. The engines on a cat can stink just as much, and that foul air can waft into the main living area. Proper cleaning
and sanitation can do a lot for that 'funk'.
Some monohulls can be designed to be shallow draft
. I've seen 60' monohulls with either centerboards or sideboards that were designed to be beached as the tide was ebbing. Of course, this isn't the majority, but its just an example of different technology at work.
They do sink. All boats sink, given the wrong circumstances. It could be operator error, design flaw, poor maintenance
, or just the sea's fury.
As far as 'most women' enjoying multihulls, that's assuming that the women are not sailors and their only interests are the galley
and creature comforts. I've known many women who enjoy sailing in a monohull more than a catamaran
. If the women are just tagging along for the ride, then it's more a matter of the company than of the boat.
Any body read about another tall ship sinking? Over 100' with no sail up, gets knocked down and sank.
Well, the article I read said nothing about sinking. The Fryderyk Chopin was dismasted and towed into port with no injuries. Any boat can be dismasted.