I was hoping that some of you out there might help me a bit experience wise. I'm toying with the idea of switching to a catamaran
, but have a couple of sticking points... one of them being bridgedeck slamming.
I've sailed & raced a LOT, at times in conditions where your sphincter would leave pucker marks in the deck
, & when you got to port you'd have to see a dentist, as the conditions shook the fillings out of your teeth. But I'm Real lean when it comes to multihull
From what I've seen, particularly design wise, I really like Richard Woods's boats. The Sagitta (30') and it's bigger sister, the Eclipse (33'). However, from what I've seen via pictures, and the time which I spent on a Banshee 35' (dockside), they seem a bit shy in terms of bridgedeck clearance. Like 1.5', maybe, or 2' max (in glassy calm waters). And if I'm wrong on these numbers, someone please correct me.
Now I know that they have the flared hulls, which helps a good bit in terms of avoiding the slamming thing, but bottom line, from what I can gather, little beats vertical clearance when it comes to avoiding slamming. Not even ideal hull
shapes which minimize pitching, so that you aren't hobby horsing & forcing the front or aft end of the bridgedeck into the next wave.
So if folks out there could share there real world experiences with me on this I'd REALLY appreciate it. The more specifics the better on this, too. In particular:
- what you are/were sailing
& sea conditions @ the time (including wind
& wave angle, plus sea state)
- boat make & model
- and... measured bridgedeck clearance.
Plus any other important specifics which my under caffeinated brain may have forgotten to ask/list ;-).
I'd hate to spend 3 years building a boat, & then cry about how she handles/have a fair weather
floating condo. Especially as I'm a fan of being able to tote plenty of toys, spares, & stores, when I head
for the horizon... regardless of what it's blowing.
I've really liked the pair of trimarans which I spent some time on, but they were Definitely weight sensitive! Albeit for ride comfort and speed, I'd never been on anything like them in my life. Both on the hook, as well as under sail.
15kts in 25kts of breeze on a reach, while comfortably sliding down 20'-25' rollers, with just a genoa
& 1 reef in the main - Sweet!
One of the other reasons which I'm ask these questions is that I so frequently see folks with cruising cats, extending them by 5', and or simultaneously raising the bridgedecks. And these trends aren't specific to one designer
. I've seen it on Woods's, Shuttleworths... even Searunner
trimarans. So it's not just one type of boat. Nor are the owners particularly gear
Thanks in advance, & fair winds.
PS: Ah, & for specificity, I'm thinking world cruising here. Including ocean crossings with regularity.