Originally Posted by Kinta Ray
Just to stir things up I'd like to ask everyone how they can explain the monos beating the multis in the transpac? Well to be more precise I'd like to ask the biased Multihullers how they explain it. And yes I've sailed (or at least owned) nothing but Multihulls in my 67 years (apart from one Sailfish when I was very very young). Sorry but I'm over the bias from both sides but more disappointed by it from the multihullers who I would have hoped would have had more understanding. Enjoy the wind
while you still can it won't last forever.
Cheers to you
I don't know about the transpac but size by size given identical sized boats and assuming top racing
multihulls, particularly racing
trimarans, they will be faster than monohulls on almost all conditions, excluding beating upwind and stormy seas.
They also demand a lot more attention not to capsize
and have a much superior breakage rate.
Regarding racing multihulls in heavy Ocean conditions to be very seaworthy
they need to be huge, I mean about 100ft or so. I remember the old times with the 60ft Orma Trimaran
and a transat in stormy weather
that saw almost all of them retire and several capsize
Off course this regards top racing multihulls with professional crews. When we look to cruising boats and transats we can see that on the ARC
the performance is very similar in what regards performance cruisers and performance cats probably due to the bigger margin of security
needed on a cat (the monos can be pushed more to the limit with a lot more safety).
Of course a Transat is an downwind passage
. I believe that in an upwind passage
a performance cruising monohull would be faster than a performance cruising cat, specially on more demanding conditions and certainly hugely faster than condo cats that represent most of the cat's fleet.