Originally Posted by Alexd83
As an aspiring boat sailboat owner (never sailed before). I think it would help to hear from people who have gone from mono to cats or vice-versa. Seems to me that cats are gaining popularity and many people are switching to cats.
We currently own:
Tri - Corsair
Sprint 750 (24')
- A-Class (pure racing
boat like a Hobie on steroids) (18')
-Beneteau 381 (38.1')
Different boats for different purposes and I like them all. Though in retrospect I wish we had bought a cat instead of the 381.
The Tri is the easiest to sail tolerates mistakes
the best, and is easily the best for my mom who has mobility problems.
The Cat is a whole different breed than anything that might be called a cruiser by anyone. But it is the fastest of the bunch by far (24kn top speed, 14.5 upwind). This is the boat that gave Catamarans a reputation for flipping over. If you stand up on the transom (ok you actually can't stand up on it, but if you sit on the transom) it will flip over backwards. If you sit on the low side it will flip over, heck if you move two inches for and aft you change the trim by six inches.
.... it's a boat, blaring to sail, but the price
was right ha she AC, and will comfortably carry two couples for a weekend.
Given the budget
, for cruising I would buy a big trimaran
, followed by a less big Catamaran
, followed by bigger monohull
. I would also rate their safety
in that order. With the caviat that a big tri should only be sailed by experienced sailors, and must be sailed very conservatively all the time, except when you actively choose not too.
In terms of absolute safety
(keeping you alive in a storm) a big cat is always going to Ben better than a monohull the same size. Because the wave size needed to roll a boat, of whatever design is a function of the beam, the wider the boat the harder it is to flip. So a monohull will always flip sooner than a multihull
And while it's true that a monohull might come back to verticle, practically if one is rolled over she is far more likely to sink. A cat will float upside down and continue to act as a massive life raft long after the monohull is sitting upright on the bottom.
A big tri is even wider than the cat, but has real limitations, like the accommodations are going to be tinny compared to a catamaran the same size, like 1/2 the size. So to move to a tri you need to go much longer for the same living space.