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CATAMARAN VERSUS MONOHULL – WHICH IS BEST FOR YOU? I’ve long been fond of quoting the 16th century Scottish philosopher David Hume who wrote that “all advantages are attended with disadvantages.” For Hume the good life had nothing to do with the quest for perfection, but the effort to discover the wise compromise that might inch us closer to fulfillment. Every person who contacts The Mulithull Company is striving to follow Hume’s advice (whether they know it or not!). They hope to make the wise compromise when choosing their yacht. As...

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DAGGERBOARDS VS. KEELS – WHICH IS BEST FOR ME? Many people are confused about the pros and cons of daggerboards versus keels. As with everything, there are advantages and disadvantages. Here are my thoughts on the pros and cons of dagger-boards: PROS A daggerboarded cat will sail consistently higher into the wind than a cat with keels. Typically between 5 to 7 degrees higher. This added speed and pointing ability represents a significant safety feature when cruising because it enables you to claw off a lee shore or to arrive at an upwind...

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In my 15 plus years in the catamaran industry, I've seen many things change for the better, and many things that have stayed exactly the same in boat designs. There are always familiar discussion topics that come up: daggerboards versus keels, bridge-deck clearance, luxury versus performance, helm placement, safety, etc. Over the last 10 years, and especially recently, the idea of "going green" in sailing voyages keeps coming up. And while some very smart engineers have dedicated great time and effort to developing reliable, redundant electric driven pro...

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I got quite a bit of mail about my article on going "green" on cruising cats. A lot of the mail was from fans of hybrid propulsion systems who felt that I painted an unfavorable picture of those systems. So, to keep the debate going here let me share with you some of the discussions I have had since then with David Tether, who is an old friend and a guy who has dedicated a lot of time and energy to the development of hybrid systems. First, fuel is expensive and wind is free. Generators are loud and solar panels are quiet and require no fuel. I argue...

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I had the occasion last summer to construct a deployable aft trampoline for my catamaran Boondock. Hang on a second, did I just say aft trampoline? Well, Boondock is a special case. I describe her as a Northwest interpretation of a Polynesian voyaging multihull. She is a 54' open bridgedeck cat with central cockpit, a ketch rig, and an aft tra mpoline. I load my dinghy onto Boondock's aft tramp when underway so the tramp needed to be very abrasion resistant. The tramp also carries my kicker as well as my crew when tending the mizzen, relaxing out of th...

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Veteran Multihull sailor Dave Penfield has owned a number of very high performance cruising catamarans. He has sailed Chris White boats, Gunboats, Maine Cats among many others. Each of these great designs feature a forward steering station, and sheeting, halyards and reefing lines led to that helm. So, when Dave decided to get together with Morelli and Melvin to design a 50 footer for himself, he brought first hand knowledge of the pluses and minuses of a forward cockpit design, and he set out to bring it to a new level. A forward cockpit d...

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