Monohull sailboats are obviously the most common for cruisers, but I've noticed a lot more people starting to go with Catamarans recently. Why is this? Is one really better overall then the other? Just looking for opinions, comments; let me know what you think.
Been reading quite extensively books on mono's vs multi's (though each book seems to be very bias one way or the other) and am leaning more toward a catamaran now. Nothing against mono's, I just figure it suits my lazy lifestyle better (yes im lazy and proud of it, never been one to work very hard and would rather not). Will be attending boat shows this summer looking in the 35-45ft range, any recommendations?
I own a Fountain Pajot Mahe 36, bought it new in 2007 and have sailed it over 4000 nm. I've been sailing my entire life and consider myself fairly skilled (done many off shore deliveries). Do I miss aspects of the mono, yes, but I am in love with my cat. Anyone who feels they are unsafe has little knowledge of modern cruising Catamarans as evidenced by some of the comments made here.
Kevin, look at the new Mobi 37 and the Fountinae Pajot, Lagoon makes a very nice 38 but it tends to be slower than the others (heavier) and is more expensive, at least I thought so.
Good luck and happy cruising.
I never had an intrest in healing over so I love my lagoom 44 with 3 times as much room as a 44 mono, it does not heal, I don't spil my drink, and it is very stable in large 12 to 18 foot seas and at anchor it hardly rocks at all!
I have never sailed on a cat, and know little about them other than what I read and have seen. However, having endured two Force 10 storms over the years and having skidded down the face of many a 30+ foot wave, and knowing I will again someday encounter another big, maybe bigger, storm - I'll stay with our little monohull. I know when Paloma is knocked down, and she's been down to the cabin trunk grab handles in the water, she'll come back up from any angle of vanished stability. I'm not sure I could have that same level of confidence in a cat or tri.
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