Originally Posted by dustman
Is there any potential problem with having a really wide beam in relation to length on a catamaran? For example a beam as wide as LWL.
Charles Kanter writes about this in Cruising in Catamarans
. If you increase the beam, there's a temptation to increase the power of the rig. This means not only more pressure on the leeward hull
, but more pressure on the lee bow when going downwind. This can lead to pitchpoling in a worst-case scenario. There's also typically more weight for each hull
to support, and cats don't like to be overloaded.
I used to sail a Woods Sagitta, which was wider than average for its length. It was a nice boat
, but I never pushed it hard.
And then there is the issue of finding marina slots, and somewhere to haul out
. The wider your boat, the harder it is to find a yard that can accommodate you.