Originally Posted by MrAntigone
Do catamarans heave-to as easily as monohulls?
Is downwind the fastest point of sail for a cruising cat? For monohulls, upwind legs seem fastest but I suspected this would differ for large cats - ?
Usually broad reaching is the fastest point of sail for any boat
Usually no boat
likes to sail directly downwind, even under symmetrical spinnaker
you will have better VMG if sailing some degrees up from DDW. There are exceptions to this rule
but few, e.g. Sonar open deck
yacht (Paralympic racing
boat) with poled out jib
will be fastest DDW.
A Cat will Heave to but not easily. First of all, you need to pay attention to the fact that the ratio of main to genoa
is usually different than in a mono (usually the main to jib
ratio is higher on a cat) so to achieve balance you need to free the main more than on a cat than on a mono. Second issue is the absence of a keel
on a cat (unless the specific cat has dagger-boards). The keel
on a mono will lessen leeway, but normal cat will be dragged sideways when hove to.