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Old 13-04-2009, 10:56   #1
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From a cruiser's forum ad

"This is not to say that catamarans are easier to sail than other sailboat designs. Pilots often have to lean out of the opposite hull in order to counterbalance the boat during a turn. Catamarans have a tendency to capsize if the sails are not reversed in time. Pilots cannot always follow a straight course while steering catamarans -- a series of zig-zags may be required."

This pithy bit of sagacity comes from an advertiser right here on Cruiser's Forum.
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Old 13-04-2009, 11:01   #2
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What trash, what is this person trying to sell, stupidity?
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Old 13-04-2009, 13:31   #3
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This is clearly taken out of the original context. This looks to me to be about "Hobie cats" and other small cats under 5m and as such is not too far off. This is not about cruising boats so what is wrong. . Where was the original post?
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I agree that the quote is taken out of context. A Google search of CF couldn't find it on this site, but a web search found the exact quote here:

What are Catamarans?

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Michael Pollick wrote the WiseGeek article to which TaoJones links. Hes a writer (of sorts) - not a sailor.

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[quote=sandy daugherty;273835]"This is not to say that catamarans are easier to sail than other sailboat designs. Pilots often have to lean out of the opposite hull in order to counterbalance the boat during a turn. Catamarans have a tendency to capsize if the sails are not reversed in time. Pilots cannot always follow a straight course while steering catamarans -- a series of zig-zags may be required."
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I'm glad to find out that the man who wrote the article was a writer rather than a sailor.

I have not used any of his recommended techniques in the last 30,000 miles of sailing. I guess I have been living closer to the edge than I imagined.
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