Originally Posted by drewke07
1. In our years of cruising our AIKANE56 we ran next to Lepoards on a number of occasions. Yes, the light weight and waterline length of our cat allowed us to reach the destinations first but the Lepoards always arrived. They had just as much fun when they got there, and at least as many creature comforts as we did in a package 9' shorter. I many times wondered if it would have been a better idea to have gotten the smaller boat
2. as to planing cats, I had the pleasure to run a couple of 55' daycharter cats in Hawaii
that were equipped with rotating wing masts as well as twin 350hp Cummins diesels. Wide open under power with no passengers aboard theswe boats would motor
at 25knots. When they did the bows would rise, but it did not seem that they were fully planing. Under sail they still reached the high teens on occasion even dragging four blade props.
As far as boat
speed goes, it is a big topic in multihull
discussions, but I don't consider it to be a big deal for a cruising boat, either. You pays your money
and takes your choice, I always say.
Were those fixed
I would think that they would be down by the stern with no passengers, because the designer
would probably have assumed that passengers would be more or less evenly distributed fore and aft on the boat, and the biggest fixed weights would be aft (350 hp motors and their apparatus.) In that trim, I would think that high boat speed might well lead to lifting the bows further due to dynamic forces, but I doubt if the lift
would have much effect on boat speed.
I went on the Goldcoast 55 catamaran
run by Capt. Andy's on Kauai
, but they didn't sail, though they put the sails
up for a couple of minutes just to show the boat under sail. No great wonder, given that they had a schedule to keep on a long run (60 miles, maybe, in half a day,) and were operating on the lee side of the island.