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Electric Propulsion

Started by Stephen Phillips. Last reply by Stephen Phillips Mar 24, 2010. 5 Replies

Looking for a multihull

Started by Marlene A. Sassaman. Last reply by Andrew N. Vasilenko Feb 27, 2010. 3 Replies

The Cuba Run 2010... as seen on Sailing Anarchy

Started by JAWS aka John A Webster. Last reply by Marlene A. Sassaman Feb 25, 2010. 1 Reply

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Comment by Michael Cioffi on May 11, 2018 at 7:17pm

Hey Folks

we sold our mono hull and ar waiting for our new cat to arrive in 6 weeks

Comment by Russell on June 22, 2011 at 11:00pm
I grew up on Piver tris, Nugget, Nimble, and Lodestar.  Now I'm building a Wharram Tiki 26 to cruise the East Coast and Caribean.
Comment by Bob Wilson on March 2, 2011 at 12:05pm

Built and sailed a Searunner 37 and am now building a 38 foot cat, part Dudley Dix design, part Derek Kelsall and part my own design using the KSS principle for hull building out of foam and resin infusion. Building in Vancouver, BC.

Some KSS info from a workshop I attended.

Building a Searunner 37.

Comment by Marlene A. Sassaman on August 30, 2010 at 5:22pm
Hi Ed,
Windriders are fun. Indeed, one of their researchers and original promotors has been a sailing friend of mine for 20 or so years. In fact he keeps a two person WR on his dock, where he also let's me dock my F28. So, while I hope you have a perfect sailing day, I won't be joining you. On another tack, I am looking for a blue water multihull for xoceanic travels. If you hear of a good deal for less than $100,000 let me know. Thanks,
Comment by Ed on August 30, 2010 at 5:12pm
For those who aspire for a big multi but don't have the where-with-all or if you want to sail a fast, inexpensive multi: Near St Pete the 12th of September sign up for a Windrider Demo ride at Sail Honeymoon on the Dunedin Causeway. The Windrider Company wants people to sign up at I am not affiliated in any way with the company, I just like the boats and they just bought the inactive WR company and want to get it going. 15+kts of speed for under $10K brand new can't be beat!

Comment by Andrew N. Vasilenko on February 3, 2010 at 6:28pm
Hi. I am sailing for 40 years starting with centerboaders via monos and now mainly multies.
Whith multies It is much better not to struggle agains big wave end to leave mooring when you have more then 50 degrees wind direction. Have the wind with you and you will enjoy sailing.
I like double canoe deep V wharrams cats. This type is much better then wide back cats in a hard seas but they are a little slow and do not saill high. The point is very good long *keel* protection. You can come to any shallow and not to dammage the boat. I sailed own cat similar to TIKI30 in Meds for some 8 years before 2000. It is too expensive to stay in marina with a cat but folding multy. Ane way most multies are very good sailing crafts
Comment by SailingDog on February 3, 2010 at 11:13am
This past summer I was speaking to a couple who own an Atlantic 42...and they consistently do sail at 10-15 knots when cruising. However, I'd point out that speed is really not a good reason to buy a cruising multihull. Yes, some cruising multihulls, like the Gunboats and the Chris White-designed Atlantic series of catamarans, do sail significantly faster than monohulls of similar capacity or LOA, but speed should not be the primary reason to buy one.

IMHO, sailing and living on a boat that doesn't heel is usually the primary reason to get a multihull. It is far safer and more comfortable when you don't have to accommodate a boat that is tilted 20˚ all the time. Being able to sit down at the salon table and enjoy a meal without worrying about it sliding off the table is a pleasure most monohull sailors will never have.

I'd point out that multihulls don't have to be more expensive than monohulls of similar LOA, at least in the smaller sizes. A Chris White designed Hammerhead 34 trimaran, custom built, is only about $100,000, which is less than many monohulls of the same LOA, and it is probably a good deal faster to boot.

The Gemini series of catamarans are a good choice if you're primarily coastal cruising or island hopping, though they have made circumnavigations and crossed oceans. They're reasonably priced, and give decent accommodations for their size. They're, in many ways, descendents of the earlier Iroquois series of catamarans... being fairly narrow of beam compared to most cats their size.
Comment by CaptRick on February 3, 2010 at 9:51am
Hi everybody! In response to Scott W's statement/question about different peoples views and experiences of mono vs multi I'd like to throw in my 2 cents! I've had both( currently a 1995 Lagoon 37 TPI) and I've raced on both. I currently race on an F27 Tri. First off, cruising cats don't sail faster then cruising monos. Unless you plan on buying a Gunboat Cat that can fly a hull! Personally, when the hull is longer the 20ft I like them both in the water!
I like the layout of a cat for livaboard for the personal space and the functionality of the space. On the other hand, there have been times going to windward in short chop that I missed the much nicer ride of a heavy full keel mono! Mai Tai, my Lagoon 37 cat, is actually a very good sailing boat relative to the other cats her size(8 kts to windward at 45 apparent in 18 kts of wind without folding props) so I'm not complaining about her, just that saying that cruising cats are similar to fin-keeled monos in that they ride on top of the wave instead of through it making certain conditions wearisome! I could see one day owning another mono but for now I will stick with Mai Tai.... she's been an excellent sailing buddy!
Comment by Marcello on November 30, 2009 at 12:34pm
I love catamarans. Unfortunately here in the med they are not so popular. The mooring costs are simply impossible for most of sailors!
Comment by Marlene A. Sassaman on October 31, 2009 at 7:56pm
Ahoy mateys, wish I were out at sea, but here I sit begging trick or treaters to take lots of chocolate, stickers, and bags of chips. After all what they don't take I get stuck with. Keeping my weight down for an upcoming match race is just not conducive for being alone in a house with bags of Reese' peanut butter cups, gummi bears and Lay's potato chips.

What a beautiful night it is though. So, as I look to the bright full moon I send wishes of fair sailing to all my colleagues out there on the open water, and to those at anchor in small sheltered cove and of course to those like me on land while thinking about places so very far away.

Happy halloween.

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