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Old 05-02-2015, 07:12   #1
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Mono or multi?

Hello All,

Long time reader but first time poster.

I'm just looking for a little advice to be honest with you.
I am currently looking for either a monohul or multihul to travel on for a year, possibly more. I will be leaving from Newcastle Upon Tyne so i will be in the North Sea and Atlantic before arriving in warmer climates. I will be sailing solo.
The reasons behind the multihul is to get that little bit more living space whilst on her long term, i have looked at a Diamond 24 catamaran. (5k)
I have also looked at a Halcyon 27, and everything i have have read about these boats suggest they are strong and seaworthy in all conditions. (6k)

So for my question eventually, which would you recommend mono or multi with a 5 to 10k budget, the main importance is safety over comfort, but i would like some living space hence the multi.

Any advice or suggestions would be a great help, and if anyone happens to know of a boat which might suit my needs please let me know.

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Old 05-02-2015, 08:21   #2
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Re: Mono or multi?

Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Dave.
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Personally, I like all kinds of boats. And tho I'm a sailor through and through, I like all sailboats.

For that budget, I firmly believe that for your budget you will get a much better condition mono. The multis are awesome and fast and fun, but for that budget you would likely be getting a smaller racing one that will really sacrifice accommodation. You can find a pretty decent mono hull for that, where a "spacious" multi would probably be in pretty miserable condition.
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Re: Mono or multi?

For that budget and that trip (atlantic) I would vote a hell for stout mono keelboat.

What do you mean headed for "warmer" climes and when?

Any chance to buy a boat wherever it is you are going?
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Re: Mono or multi?

Although a staunch multihuller, For sub 10K and the trip you are planning, value for money indicates that a 26-30 foot yacht can be had in excellent condition. Solo? Bags of room...... even will come with a diesel engine.

The Diamond 24 uses a 9.9 outboard. Its a great little Cat and one I looked at hard for coastal work...... however, going to cold places and open seas, whilst perfectly doable, it will depend entirely on your sailing prowess. Id use it for circumnavigating the UK or hopping to France, through the Canals and then using it in the Med...... Spain Area.

If you have 15K there is a mk2 Heavenly Twins Cat for sale.....
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Re: Mono or multi?

I agree with that budget mono all the way.
I am currently on a catamaran and it is my first one.
You will get a much safer boat with a mono.
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Re: Mono or multi?

Just curious, why do you feel a monohull is safer than a cat? It's my understanding that a cat is safer and easier to sail singlehanded. I'm learning this sailing thing as well. Former large trawler owner.


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I have also looked at a Halcyon 27, and everything i have have read about these boats suggest they are strong and seaworthy in all conditions. (6k)

So for my question eventually, which would you recommend mono or multi with a 5 to 10k budget, the main importance is safety over comfort, but i would like some living space hence the multi.
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There are no sailboats "seaworthy in all conditions" and even if the Halcyon 27 was a seaworthy boat regarding its size, you should consider that it is just a 27ft boat and most of all a 45 year old boat. All structural metal pieces will probably need replacement (if not replaced recently) and you will spend on that (making the boat seaworthy again) more than the 6K that you intend to spend on the boat.
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Re: Mono or multi?

Hello,

I went for a monohull myself because if a mono's mast ends up in the water, the lead in the keel should flip the boat back upright. The multi will not. As simple as that. Or is it not that simple?

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Re: Mono or multi?

No, it's not that simple.


In the OP's position I wouldn't limit my search to either.


Just look for the best boat you can get for the money.
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Re: Mono or multi?

On a low budget, I would take a mono. I have seen more inexpensive and strong monos than inexpensive and strong multis.

Halcyons nice boats and a friend of ours has one. He sailed her from the UK to Canary Islands.

From his stories a take it these boats sail wet. I would want something that better protects me from spray / green water / white water. Getting too much exposure to the elements is a major problem when sailing a small boat far.

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I'm a mono and multi sailor. For your price range I suggest a mono. Cheers!


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Hello,

I went for a monohull myself because if a mono's mast ends up in the water, the lead in the keel should flip the boat back upright. The multi will not. As simple as that. Or is it not that simple?

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Except the mono has a higher likelihood of the mast winding up in the water and if it happens there is a high likelihood that that lead keel pulls her to the bottom once she floods because you probably didn't have the main hatch closed when that microburst hit. Realty is well founded vessels of either sort are safe.

But in that price range to get a serviceable boat, the OP is probably looking at a mono.


Get up in the $15-20k rang and multihull options start to open up
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Except the mono has a higher likelihood of the mast winding up in the water and if it happens there is a high likelihood that that lead keel pulls her to the bottom once she floods because you probably didn't have the main hatch closed when that microburst hit. ...
On most old monohull boats and on all new ones (RCD approved, since the 90's) the flooding angle is much higher than the one needed to have the mast in the water, so you can have the mast on the water and the water is not coming inside the boat no matter the main hatch to be closed or not.
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