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Old 01-10-2015, 16:44   #1
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Monohull to cat

Dear sailors community,

I have experience in monohull sailing and I usually charter monohulls from 40 to 46 ft in mediterranean. Now I'm thinking about to charter a cat, but i haven't any experience (I never tried to maneuver or sail one).
Can any one advise me about this issue? Is it suitable or easy for any one with only monohull experience to make the jump for a multihull? Or in the other hand definitely not possible.
In my region I haven't no possibility to practice in a cruising cat first.

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Old 01-10-2015, 18:20   #2
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Re: Monohull to cat

Most cat sailors started in monohulls and made the change OK

A couple of things to be aware of.

1. A cat doesn't heel over in response to wind gusts the way a mono does. That means that there is nothing to relieve that additional force on the sails and rigging.
You also don't get the same feed back of weather helm when over canvassed.

So need to be very aware of wind speeds and reef early. The golden rule is "In a monohull, trim/reef for the average wind speed. in a multihull, trim/reef for the expected gusts".

2. Don't try to point as high into the wind as you would on a monohull. Bearing off a bit will likely increase your VMG to windward noticeably as your speed picks up.

3. Manoeuvering under motor is much easier once you get the feel of two widely separated propellors.
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