Originally Posted by MermaidMuse
I thought that only happened when they hit submerged multihulls.
All joking aside, how would you describe the motion of the cat under sail compared to the tri that you had sailed? Were there any similarities?
There was a popular cartoon
in one of trimaran designer
Jim Brown's books
that showed a couple of people on the hulls of an upside down trimaran
looking down into the water
to see a sunken monohull
that had snagged their mast
As far as sailing motion, I find a tri is more similar to a mono than a cat is. The biggest similarity I think is that both cats and tris move around more quickly than monos. I have not experienced some of the adverse behaviors described, but methods of sailing multis have evolved.
The only time I've been nervous in either of the two boats mentioned was with some beam seas in a squall while coming across the Gulf of Mexico
in the 36' cat, but the cat wasn't bothered and neither was I after a few minutes. Sort of like a mono going rail down and back up only quicker. Never even reefed. Similar conditions but a little more wind
going down the west coast
, put in the first reef and boat kept trucking steady as a train.
I've beat to weather
and reached in bouncy conditions in the tri but it was never a worrisome experience, sometimes reefed, sometimes not.
Interestingly, I've never been bothered in either type of boat running downwind. My ex and I sailed a 45' Chris White cat for years in varying conditions. Left out of Westend, Grand Bahama Island one morning at about 0700 and cleared the St. Augustine, Fl. sea buoy at 1200 the next day. Wind was from the south, we were flying spinnaker
and main surfing up to 19 knots. The seas were 5-6' and increasing near dark, autopilot
was starting to have some problems so we went down to just the jib
at dusk and proceeded through the night @ 7-8 knots with the autopilot
doing just fine.
The above speeds were on the knotmeter
, not the gps
. We were in the middle of the Gulfstream for a lot of the trip, God knows what the sog was lol.
I've had the 40' tri surfing for briefer periods of time and she was very controllable and in my opinion very smooth riding.
Most people I've talked to seem to be less prone to seasickness on multis, but there seems to be a minority that has the opposite reaction.
Hard to come up with answers on this subject for everybody, you just have to give 'em all a try as much as possible.
Fair winds & calm seas solve it all lol.