It's always predictable to read a cat vs mono thread but I like it anyway. I will say that as a cat owner, my biggest concern is actually finding a slip not that it will cost more. In fact, it really doesn't. I don't think I've ever been charged more for being wide. I have been aced out of marinas
though because I was too wide. I deal with it.
Windward ability? Well, here's the deal. I'm set up to point high like most boats. But what I CAN do, I don't do. It just 'feels' (and is) slower than dropping off 5-7 degrees and footing faster. I've got nice deep daggerboards with 7' board down draft
so leeway isn't an issue. The deal here is that an extra tack doesn't bother me. My jib
is (almost) self tacking and there's no real additional labor to tack a couple more times. I'm not uncomfortable, so if it takes more tacks, it's not big deal. Light airs? yeah, I'm a bit slower than the same size monohull
, it's just a matter of more wetted surface. At least I maneuver and sail well in light airs but just not racer
performance. Again, if I spend time sailing, I'm still not uncomfortable, cold or hungry.
I used to own an F-28 trimaran
and marvel at being able to cover 30-35 miles in an afternoon sail. Hah! Take that you monohullers.... then I realized that we'd both spent a fun afternoon sailing for 3-4 hours. Mileage didn't matter. Mileage can matter when you're trying to cover distance but the reality is that if the winds are light, you'll motor
anyway and if they're not, then you've got great sailing. The only time the speed difference can kick in is if you've got a large distance to travel AND a consistent wind
. If it's light half the day, it won't matter which type of sailboat you're in. Besides, on a good day, I'm usually a bit sad that I got in so quick and ended up cutting my sailing time short. Que sera, sera!
is an issue for me. I don't like to spend it! That's why I didn't by a 50'er. We all buy within our price
range. If a cat is in that range, then great. I sure wouldn't want the yard bill of a 60' monohull
either. (but maaan, Joli, how I lusted after that C&C
61 when it first came out!) But I can handle (for now) the yard bill for my 40' cat.
For me, having the space and interior
sight lines of up to 15' really gives my boat an advantage. I don't feel cramped. That's not true on all multihulls though. Some are everybit as cramped as a monohull down below.
Oh, there is one disadvantage of my multihull! Guilt! I often hesitate to show off the boat to a monohull couple. The look on the wife's face as she see's the galley
(14 linear feet) and sits in a comfy chair on the bridgedeck while surveying the anchorage, is one that tells me maybe I just messed up a beautiful relationship when she discovered that there is another way to sail!
Your decision will be made based on your own preferences and wallet, may you enjoy whatever craft you sail in and I'll gladly lift
a glass with you in a snug anchorage.