On my Searunner
I have a storm staysail instead of a trisail. This is probably due to the Searunner
being a true cutter
with the mast
stepped further aft than a sloop
or a sloop
rigged with an inner forestay. Along with a main with three reefs
like Kettlewell. That is the recommended combo for the Searunner with the staysail being the last one standing. A drag device would normally be used in combo with the storm sail to control speed.
Here is a quote from one of Jim Brown's books
:" Experience has shown that drogues are effective when used in combination with a small storm jib
. Conversely, they have proven ineffective without the storm jib. It is necessary to carry enough sail to keep the vessel moving at four or five knots even in the troughs. It is the resistance of the drogue
being dragged through the water
that generates the desired steering
control. Besides steering
control, the drogue
also controls speed. Running off in severe storms without a drogue, even under bare poles, the multihull
tries to overtake the wave ahead. This is to be avoided because, instead of the bows climbing up the back of the wave ahead, they may dive in."
I have not come across any info on sizing and how they would compare to a similar sized monohull
. My guess would be that they would be similar in size or a little smaller. The multihull
is more easily driven but you have to factor in the drag device also."
Multihull storm tactics?