Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 11-09-2011, 15:50   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Alberta
Boat: Havent Bought It Yet
Posts: 19
Catamaran or Trimaran

Is it true that Catamarans and Trimarans are more stable then a mono-hull sailboat. What are some drawbacks, I've read that docking might be an issue.
__________________

__________________
markmark is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2011, 15:54   #2
Eternal Member
 
imagine2frolic's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Las Brisas Panama AGAIN!
Boat: Simpson, Catamaran, 46ft. IMAGINE
Posts: 4,508
Images: 123
Re: Catamaran or Trimaran

Just watch a wake pass through a marina......i2f
__________________

__________________
SAILING is not always a slick magazine cover!
BORROWED..No single one of is as smart as all of us!
http://sailingwithcancer.blogspot.com/
imagine2frolic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2011, 16:07   #3
Registered User
 
Jerry Woodward's Avatar

Join Date: May 2008
Location: Kentucky
Boat: PDQ 32 LRC
Posts: 278
Re: Catamaran or Trimaran

Oh boy, this is going to be fun.
__________________
Jerry Woodward is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2011, 16:12   #4
Eternal Member
 
imagine2frolic's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Las Brisas Panama AGAIN!
Boat: Simpson, Catamaran, 46ft. IMAGINE
Posts: 4,508
Images: 123
Re: Catamaran or Trimaran

Jerry,

We can try, and make it fun.....i2f
__________________
SAILING is not always a slick magazine cover!
BORROWED..No single one of is as smart as all of us!
http://sailingwithcancer.blogspot.com/
imagine2frolic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2011, 16:25   #5
Registered User
 
Jerry Woodward's Avatar

Join Date: May 2008
Location: Kentucky
Boat: PDQ 32 LRC
Posts: 278
Re: Catamaran or Trimaran

My (admittedly) limited experience is that I was able to cook a pork tenderloin dinner on Imagine out in the Gulf Stream. In contrast, last time I chartered a monohul, I couldn't ever put my wine glass down, even at anchor. Kinda forces you to finish it quickly
__________________
Jerry Woodward is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2011, 16:34   #6
Senior Cruiser
 
Therapy's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: W Florida
Boat: The Jon boat still, plus a 2007 SeaCat.
Posts: 6,894
Images: 4
Re: Catamaran or Trimaran

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jerry Woodward View Post
Oh boy, this is going to be fun.

Woohoo!
Attached Images
 
__________________
Who knows what is next.
Therapy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2011, 18:22   #7
Registered User
 
cdennyb's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Northern California
Boat: finally a catamaran dive boat...
Posts: 505
Send a message via MSN to cdennyb Send a message via Yahoo to cdennyb Send a message via Skype™ to cdennyb
Re: Catamaran or Trimaran

I was on a Tri for about 2 hrs... enough for me. The swells were timed perfectly and my friend says it doesn't happen like that very much, but I think he' lying. The center section would ride up on a swell, the trailing pontoon would be down and the opposing one UP, way UPPP. and when the vessel rolled over the swell, welll... it slapped the water with a thunderous thud.
I like my Cat, two hulls, straddles those same swells and only on a rare occasion does it slap between them... mostly flat and easy to tolerate.
__________________
the perfect dive boat is one you're on...
cdennyb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2011, 19:37   #8
Registered User
 
Ozbullwinkle's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Caringbah, Sydney, Australia
Boat: Farr 44 Ocean Racer - Pit crew & backup helm.
Posts: 602
Images: 16
Re: Catamaran or Trimaran

Hi Markmark,

As you have asked such a broad question I have posted the following links to a couple of articles which will give you a lot of the information that you are seeking.

Once you have read these please come back to us with any other questions that you may have.

http://www.bayacht.com/mono-cat.htm

The following one was written by a multihull company which needs to be kept in mind.

Catamaran Vs Monohull

Regards,
Steve
__________________
Ozbullwinkle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2011, 20:13   #9
Registered User
 
Cats Eye's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Cruising the East Coast (for now)
Boat: FP Athena 38
Posts: 119
Re: Catamaran or Trimaran

I live on a Cat now. My husband and I started on a small Chris Craft - then went to a 46' Morgan - Then we got a 38' Cat. I like the Cat for the comfort it offers. We are cruising right now and have covered 3200km in 7 months and have love every comfortable second of it. I know this has NOTHING to do with how the boats compare in sailing and all that good stuff BUT for me to live on a boat and cruise I needed to have more comfortable space. I did not grow up sailing so it was easy for me to cross over to a Cat. AGAIN I am NOT comparing the performance of the boats just the comforts for me living aboard. We have been on our Cat 6 years and I love her. I loved the Morgan tooo but the more open floor plan and not having to be down blow to be in the galley are all things that I have learned to really get spoiled with. Also when we crossed the Mona passage and I was able to cook over easy eggs with no problem and make coffee that was nice. I am not doggin monohulls - they are just not for me.
__________________
Kirsten & Dave
S/V Cat's Eye
http://catseye38.blogspot.com/
Cats Eye is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-2011, 21:00   #10
RTB
Registered User
 
RTB's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Home port Kemah, TX Currently in Brunswick Georgia
Boat: Hunter 36
Posts: 1,509
Images: 2
Re: Catamaran or Trimaran

With i2f's permission, Mel shot this video on our way to Colombia aboard their cat, Imagine.



Later last year, I crewed on this Pacific Seacraft 37 in the Harvest Moon Regatta. The rail was in the water for 150 miles and about 27 hours. We all got beat up pretty good, never had a hot meal, and no coffee.



Cooking has to be a major task aboard a mono when it's bumpy. There was never a day (for 3 weeks), that we didn't have coffee and hot meals aboard Imagine.

Cats make a nice swim platform, btw!



A down side (upside down side) might be....
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	salvage.jpg
Views:	403
Size:	50.9 KB
ID:	31594  
RTB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13-09-2011, 05:55   #11
Eternal Member
 
imagine2frolic's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Las Brisas Panama AGAIN!
Boat: Simpson, Catamaran, 46ft. IMAGINE
Posts: 4,508
Images: 123
Re: Catamaran or Trimaran

RTB,

I never saw that video. Do you remember our speed during it?......i2f
__________________
SAILING is not always a slick magazine cover!
BORROWED..No single one of is as smart as all of us!
http://sailingwithcancer.blogspot.com/
imagine2frolic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13-09-2011, 22:39   #12
RTB
Registered User
 
RTB's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Home port Kemah, TX Currently in Brunswick Georgia
Boat: Hunter 36
Posts: 1,509
Images: 2
Re: Catamaran or Trimaran

I don't recall the speed....just that the wind wasn't on the nose, and the engines weren't running.
RTB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13-09-2011, 23:16   #13
Registered User
 
ozskipper's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: NSW Australia
Boat: Traditional 30
Posts: 1,981
Re: Catamaran or Trimaran

Quote:
Originally Posted by RTB View Post
snip
Cooking has to be a major task aboard a mono when it's bumpy. There was never a day (for 3 weeks), that we didn't have coffee and hot meals aboard Imagine.

Cats ....
I have ofter had hot meals on monos at sea even in bad weather. Mostly microwaved of course , but still quite a few on the stove. One just has to plan and prepare accordingly With respect, not having a filled thermos or two on board and at hand borders on bad planning on the skippers part.
__________________
Cheers
Oz
...............
ozskipper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14-09-2011, 05:16   #14
Registered User

Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 542
Re: Catamaran or Trimaran

How often do monos capsize compared to multis in similar conditions?

What happens to a mono if holed compared to a multi?

Of comparable length, which carries more weight for provisions, gear, etc. ?

The OP did not mention length....size matters doesn't it?

How about a poorly designed cat compared to a well designed mono? Or a tri?

And, in such matters, how does the tri compare to the cat?



__________________
Wavewacker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14-09-2011, 06:08   #15
Eternal Member
 
imagine2frolic's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Las Brisas Panama AGAIN!
Boat: Simpson, Catamaran, 46ft. IMAGINE
Posts: 4,508
Images: 123
Re: Catamaran or Trimaran

Docking isn't ann issue. In most cases it is much easier with 2 engines. As far as finding space. In nearly 9 years from the Caribbean to Florida, and then back down to Panama, and into Costa Rica it has never been an issue.

Of course you can have warm meals on a mono in snotty weather. The highest percentage of the time it will just be easier to prepare a nicer meal on a cat than a mono. Just take a look at that glass of water sitting as we scoot along. Seeing iss believing, and I've done it both way. Tucked into the corner of the cockpit with my feet bracing me in while I eat of a pan where my premade spaghetti was made. Sipping soup, or hot drink out of a thermos in the same corner. Finding a place to wedge what ever I am consuming when the boat needs me, as to just setting it down.

The o.p asked about stability, and that's what I am answering. As far as all the holed multi, sunk mono, and all the other debates. That has been gone over hundreds of times here. I can admire a good mono just as well as a good cat. They both come in bad forms too. Everything is a compromise......i2f
__________________

__________________
SAILING is not always a slick magazine cover!
BORROWED..No single one of is as smart as all of us!
http://sailingwithcancer.blogspot.com/
imagine2frolic is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
catamaran, trimaran

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Trimaran - Especially Searunner - Owners Maren Multihull Sailboats 4077 11-12-2017 10:36
Thinking of Buying a Sailing Catamaran ? Some Thoughts . . . papagena Multihull Sailboats 12 23-12-2011 11:21
Coastal Catamaran MOB for Tropics Bruce626 Multihull Sailboats 3 06-08-2011 21:06
The Donald Woods Catamaran niel12 Multihull Sailboats 2 01-08-2011 18:18



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 14:17.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.