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A different kind of yacht brokerage

By Sailors, For Sailors

You can choose any number of yacht brokers to help you buy or sell a catamaran or trimaran. But the vast majority of them are far from offshore multihull sailors. They are salespeople, pure and simple.

The Multihull Company
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  • Global network of locations
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Meet Our Team

Phil Berman

Phillip Berman is the president of The Multihull Company and a lifetime catamaran sailor and racer. He grew up racing Hobie Cats in California in the late 1960’s and published his first book on catamaran racing at the age of seventeen. He went on to write many more books on the subject including the best-selling catamaran training manual of all time. In 2011 Phil formed Balance Catamarans to co-design and fabricate his own line of boutique, high-end, semi-custom performance voyaging catamarans.

Alexis de Boucaud

Alexis grew up racing dinghies in the waters of France. He immigrated to the United States as a young man and developed an interest in offshore cruising. Alexis began his professional yachting career as a captain on a Fountaine-Pajot Marquises 57 catamaran. He is bilingual, was educated in the United States and has worked in the US, Europe and the Caribbean. He has sailed extensively on multihulls and particularly enjoys performance cats.

Cal Landau

Cal grew up in Pennsylvania, spending every summer since born on the rivers, on houseboats, speedboats and did some serious water skiing. Sailing is now his passion and his father is now 94 years old and still enjoys sailing with Cal. He and his wife Marty are USCG certified 50 ton captains and spend as much time as possible on their 42 ft. Fountaine Pajot catamaran in West Palm Beach, FL.  Cal now serves as TMC’s Associate Broker in West Palm Beach and his vast experience as a broker and cruiser are welcome additions to TMC’s expert team.

Will Miller

Captain Will Miller grew up in Virginia and learned to sail in the Chesapeake Bay. He has lived in Charleston since 2001 and knows the city well. He developed a love of the water at a very young age and chose to pursue a career as a captain after graduating from the College of Charleston in 2005. As a lifelong sailor Captain Will has traveled extensively throughout the waters of the United States and Caribbean. He has been a certified sailing instructor and licensed US Coast Guard Captain since 2006. Shortly after, Will joined The Multihull Company as an associate broker.

Carl Olivier

Carl Olivier was born in Cape Town, South Africa. Through his love of the sailing lifestyle, together with his innate business sense, he found his niche in yacht brokering. After 5 successful years as a yacht broker in South Africa, Carl went on to form his own brokerage, which he sold years later to take his family cruising.  Carl has made the Caribbean his home and continues to live aboard, enthusiastically serving TMC clients in and around the Virgin Islands.

Chris Rundlett

Chris Rundlett’s first sailing adventure was on a small Sunfish owned by the U.S. Coast Guard where his father was stationed in North Dakota. Since then he dreamed of bigger horizons and sailed whenever he had the chance.  In 2008, Chris started working with a sailing school in the Caribbean – St. Vincent and the Grenadines. He enjoyed sailing in these exquisite waters so much, he decided to stay. Chris found that many of their sailing school students were interested in buying boats and in turn joined The Multihull Company as an associate broker in 2013.

Zvonimir Kalinic

Zvonimir, or “Ze”, comes from the Island of Krk, the largest Croatian island. As he has always been adventurous, the coast of the Adriatic Sea was the perfect location for various hobbies that have now become his profession. After many years of the yachting life he decided to further develop his skills in the area of Marine Surveying. For the last couple of years he was involved in various aspects of surveying and has used that knowledge to join TMC as an Associate Broker since 2015.

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Race to Alaska Now Underway!

The 4th annual running of the Race to Alaska is underway! This is an exciting race to follow in-person or online as it features the best of sailing in the Wild West. No engines are allowed - only wind or human power can be used to cover more than 750 cold-water miles from Port Townsend, WA to Ketchikan, AK.

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“Juniper” Dodges a Bullet

Hurricane Maria took a damaging toll on Puerto Rico in 2017. Uplifting stories are few and far between, however, we were fortunate to hear from one TMC client about the survival of his trimaran, "Juniper" that miraculously survived the impossible Category 5 threat.

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June Sailors of the Month

TMC shares the story of our clients, Ken and Kim, as they explore Southeast Alaska as our featured Sailors of the Month!

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What is an Offshore Closing?

Occasionally we handle transactions where either a buyer or seller require a closing to occur outside of the area where the boat is currently lying. Follow along as TMC founder, Phillip Berman discusses what we call an “offshore closing”.

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Can I Avoid Paying the Duty on my Boat?

We're constantly asked how an owner can avoid paying the duty on a boat, and it's doable, but is it worth it? TMC President, Phillip Berman sits down to discuss the details behind the perks and limitations when contemplating paying the duty of a boat.

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May Sailors of the Month

TMC shares the story of our clients, Teal, Linh, and Emma and their impressive refit as our featured Sailors of the Month!

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The Five Steps to Getting a Good Deal on a Used Catamaran

TMC Sales Manager, Andrew Holland, has overseen the purchase and sale of hundreds of used catamarans. He has seen a significant shift in the brokerage market and, with his experience, has developed these five steps to getting a good deal on a used catamaran.

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How Do I Import and Pay Duty on a Boat?

When a US Flagged Vessel first makes her arrival into US Waters she is required to make what is known as a formal entry and pay US Duty and Import Tax due on the boat. When planning your formal entry into the US to pay duty, here are the steps that you will want to follow.

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Fuel System Maintenance

Originally published on Cruising World, this article discusses how, with diligence and the correct additives, you can avoid common diesel fuel problems.

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Balance 526 “Dragonfly” is Launched and on Her Way Home

The Multihull Company is pleased to announce the launch of Balance Hull #4, "Dragonfly." Balance Catamarans are exclusively offered through TMC. Read about the experience and watch the exciting launch video here!

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MHS Cat People

Originally published on MHS, this clip comes straight from catamaran sailors regarding their experiences with multihulls.

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Interview with a TMC Yacht Broker

The Multihull Company client, Dave, interviews our broker, Will Miller for helpful information to future boat buyers. Here, Will answers what a broker does for a potential buyer and how the used boat purchase process works.

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Dancing it Out on Dogsmile

David Kilmer writes about LTD Sailing's first Grenada Sailing Week experience. He discusses a win and the incredible memories he's making with his team, which includes TMC agents, Chris Rundlett and Chrystal Young.

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Seeking Perfect Balance

Learn more about Balance Catamarans from this article originally published in Sailing Anarchy!

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March Sailors of the Month

TMC shares the story of previous clients, Dean and Karen, the featured Sailors of the Month!

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Catamarans are the Best for Cruising

Balance 451 buyers, Dean and Karen discuss their decision behind choosing a catamaran over a monohull sailboat. Read more about their reasoning in their post here!

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Balance 526’s Trek to Turks & Caicos Past the Thorny Path

Balance 526 sails to Turks & Caicos from Georgetown by way of the Thorny Path. Video included.

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The Cat is Nearly Out of the Bag

TMC discusses the excitement building around the launch of the first Balance 620 and fourth Balance 526.

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Setting Sail with Kids

"The sailing itch returned, and my wife and I decided it was time to raise sail again and introduce our brood to the dream."

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How SpaceX May Impact the Boating Market

A glance into how SpaceX may impact a sailor's ability to work from home and continue a liveaboard lifestyle.

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Financing the Cruising Life

Discussed here is a broad range of strategies for how individuals, couples and families are making it work to fulfill their boating dreams: from the gamble of selling off everything to the ideal of sustaining a business while sailing the world originally posted in Sail Magazine

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Balance 526 Rescues Sailors from Sinking Vessel

The crew of a Balance 526 catamaran en route to Miami have rescued a crew of sailors from a motor yacht off of Puerto Rico.

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Salvaging a Storm Damaged Sailboat

Cruising World's article regarding the obstacles and payoffs in salvaging a storm damaged sailboat.

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February Sailors of the Month

TMC shares the story of previous clients, Chad and Julia, the featured Sailors of the Month!

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When in Miami… Check Out Our Florida Listings

Knock two tasks off your to-do list if you're heading to the Miami International Boat Show February 15th-19. Check out our Florida listings and contact us today to schedule your showing!

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A Letter From Inside the Super Bowl

TMC President Phillip Berman recounts his time from Super Bowl 52 as he watches the Philadelphia Eagles take on the New England Patriots.

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“It’s a Rental” A First Timer’s Guide to Bareboat Chartering in the Caribbean

Dreaming of chartering a boat in the Caribbean? Can you Imagine palmtree
lined, white sand beaches kissed by azure blue waters and the sound of
the surf lapping at the shore? There you are, standing on the bow, watching the
anchor set in seven feet of crystal-clear water as a warm breeze caresses your
cheek...

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How to Make the Most of Your Charter Vacation

This winter thousands of North Americans will head to the tropics for some sailing and fun aboard bare boats in the many charter fleets. Here are some valuable tips from a veteran charter skipper and instructor.

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Grenada Cruisers Net: Friendly and Informative

Chrystal decided to become a net controller when she heard about the need for more volunteers, thanks to the nomadic lifestyle of the cruising community. As a fulltime resident in Grenada, she was happy to offer her time on Friday mornings...

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The Dream Boats of Carriacou

"Carriacou is part of the tri-island state of Grenada, Carriacou & Petite Martinique in the Windward Islands. With its unspoiled beaches, lack of major development and friendly locals, it’s the real Caribbean. It’s also home to an active traditional boat-building community."

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Tips For Making Catamaran Sailing Safer and More Pleasurable

TMC President Phillip Berman shares 14 tips for making catamaran sailing safer and more pleasurable for cruisers.

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How Will The Hurricanes Impact The Catamaran Market?

How will the recent storms in the Caribbean impact the catamaran market for buyers and sellers in today's market and going forward? TMC President Phillip Berman and Sales Manager Andrew Holland are here to help shed light.

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SAIL MAGAZINE: SMART NEW MULTIHULLS

The sleek blue hulls of the Balance 526 catamaran were quite the scene-stealer at Strictly Sail Miami in February.

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BALANCE 451 SHOWS HER STUFF

Jeffrey Phillips, an experienced cat owner and sailor, joined The Multihull Company’s Phil Berman on a short, brisk sail along the Florida coast last winter following the Strictly Sail Miami boat show.  Multihulls Quarterly caught up with Phillips by phone to hear about the new boat and how she sailed.

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CRUISING WORLD: BALANCE 526 REVIEW

In the world of cruising catamarans, a debate has been raging for more than 20 years: Payload or performance? Having joined the payload-versus-performance multihull debate for much of the past two decades myself, I stepped off the Balance 526 thinking it might just be the new scratch boat in that fight.

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BALANCE 451 HITS HER STRIDE IN FLORIDA

When I learned Phil Berman had decided to design and build his own catamaran brand, I drove from my home in the Florida Keys to inspect the Balance 451. I was not disappointed.

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BALANCE 451 – “FOR SAILORS, BY SAILORS”

I went along with Phil on a shakedown sail of the Balance 451, hull one. Immediately I was drawn to its clean lines, sleek hulls and flat topside decking providing ease of movement.

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A SAILOR’S QUEST TO BUILD HIS DREAM CATAMARAN

Come along and join a sailor in his quest to build his dream catamaran.

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BALANCE 451: AN APTLY NAMED COMBINATION OF PERFORMANCE AND COMFORT

The Balance 451 strikes the perfect balance between performance and comfort.

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THE MAKING OF A CAT: PART I

When it comes to conceiving new catamaran designs, it’s abundantly clear that there are at least four ways to skin a cat.

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THE MAKING OF A CAT: PART II

In a continuation of our discussion with industry leaders, we find out what it takes to being a cat to life.

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SAILDRIVE MAINTENANCE

Saildrives are quickly replacing conventional transmissions and propeller shafts, but along with their benefits come some important maintenance considerations.

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INSPECTING THE TRAMPOLINE

Before you head out on the water, take a close look at this crucial area of any catamaran to keep it safe and functional.

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MANAGING SEASICKNESS

Don’t wait until seasickness stalks you on your next sailing trip. Take these simple steps to prevent it from the outset.

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STAYING CONNECTED AT SEA

With a Pactor modem and a high-frequency single-sideband radio, connecting to the Internet for email and weather is a breeze.

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CAT PEOPLE: LIVING THE CRUISING LIFE ON TWO HULLS

Hear the tales of the cruising life from seven catamaran owners on boats like a Helia 44, Leopard 46, Catana 42 and more!

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Multihulls Magazine: The Balance 526

Wondering what the real cost of closing the sale and maintaining ownership will be on a catamaran? This handy guide provides unique insight into the real cost of owning the catamaran of your dreams.

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There’s a New Cat in Town: The Balance 526

Wondering what the real cost of closing the sale and maintaining ownership will be on a catamaran? This handy guide provides unique insight into the real cost of owning the catamaran of your dreams.

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Multihulls Quarterly: Balance 451 Review

Wondering what the real cost of closing the sale and maintaining ownership will be on a catamaran? This handy guide provides unique insight into the real cost of owning the catamaran of your dreams.

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Balance 526 Wins Cruising World Boat of the Year

Wondering what the real cost of closing the sale and maintaining ownership will be on a catamaran? This handy guide provides unique insight into the real cost of owning the catamaran of your dreams.

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SAIL Magazine Reviews the Balance 526

Wondering what the real cost of closing the sale and maintaining ownership will be on a catamaran? This handy guide provides unique insight into the real cost of owning the catamaran of your dreams.

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Heavy-Sea Rating

Wondering what the real cost of closing the sale and maintaining ownership will be on a catamaran? This handy guide provides unique insight into the real cost of owning the catamaran of your dreams.

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HOW MUCH WILL THAT CATAMARAN REALLY COST ME?

Wondering what the real cost of closing the sale and maintaining ownership will be on a catamaran? This handy guide provides unique insight into the real cost of owning the catamaran of your dreams.

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ARE YOU A SPREADSHEET GUY?

A spreadsheet is only as accurate as the information you feed it. Just remember that in yachting, everything is a compromise, there is no perfect boat, and the best you can do is seek to find the boat that best suits your needs and agenda in a price point you can afford.

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BALANCE CATAMARANS IS BORN: A BOLD MOVE IN A CHALLENGING MARKET

The launch of a new catamaran brand striking a balance between comfort at anchor and safety and performance underway for those who really want to sail.

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CAN A CATAMARAN REALLY SAIL UPWIND?

For the most part, there are only four things you can do to greatly improve the upwind performance of cats beyond making them super light, lean and long.

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CATAMARAN DEPRECIATION

We all know that boats, unlike real estate, tend to depreciate. For those who are about to buy a catamaran, the question is: How much will it depreciate?

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CATAMARAN VS MONOHULL

Speed under sail, comfort underway, maneuverability and cost ~ Catamaran vs. Monohull ~ factors to consider when deciding which is best for you?

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DAGGERBOARDS VS KEELS

Daggerboards vs. keels ~ which is best for me?

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LESSONS LEARNED FROM A FREE SPIRIT

Read the personal insights and lessons learned by a cruiser after sailing his Dolphin 460 catamaran over 28,000 miles.

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POST SURVEY NEGOTIATIONS

Negotiating the terms of acceptance after the survey is completed is one of the most challenging aspects of a yacht sale. Check out these tips on getting the sale to the finish line.

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SAILDRIVES OR STRAIGHT SHAFTS? WHICH IS BEST FOR ME?

One of the “Must Have’s” we are getting from some buyers these days is: “straight shaft engines.” What are the advantages and disadvantages of each?

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SELLER’S GUIDE TO YACHT SALES

Fourteen things you should do to sell your boat quickly at the best possible price

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THE 14 BIGGEST MISTAKES WHEN PURCHASING A USED CATAMARAN AND HOW TO AVOID THEM

Establishing a Bristol value is key to making the right decision for your catamaran purchase

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THE 14 BIGGEST MISTAKES WHEN PURCHASING A USED CAT…AND HOW TO AVOID THEM PART TWO

Understanding the brand's impact on its resale value should be taken into consideration when making your decision to purchase a catamaran

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THE PERILS OF INTERNET CATAMARAN SHOPPING

Shopping for a catamaran on the internet? HERE ARE 6 QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN CHOOSING A YACHT BROKER

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THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF BUYING A CATAMARAN

While choosing the right catamaran is a highly personal matter, most of us can avoid a serious buying blunder if we pay careful attention to the following ten commandments of catamaran buying ~

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CATAMARAN DEPRECIATION

Currency fluctuations, condition and brand can all factor into depreciation. If you want to avoid depreciation, take care of your boat.

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EIGHT GREAT REASONS TO BUY A USED CATAMARAN

There are 8 great reasons to get a used cat instead of a new one!

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GETTING THE BEST PRICE WHEN SELLING YOUR CATAMARAN

No matter what kind of catamaran you own, there are several things that hold true for sellers regardless of what type of boat you have.

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INSURANCE TIPS

Getting a handle on boat insurance: 5 buying tips

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MODERN MULTIHULLS

New designs dazzle with innovation, catamarans are leading the evolutionary wave

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MULTIHULLS QUARTERLY INTERVIEW WITH THE BALANCE SOUTH AFRICA TEAM

The Balance Catamarans South African Build Team talk about their vision and modern catamaran fabrication techniques

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MULTIHULLS QUARTERLY INTERVIEWS WITH THE BALANCE CHINA TEAM

Boat Building with the Balance Catamarans China Team

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PLACING A BOAT INTO BARE BOAT CHARTER

The ups and downs of non-guaranteed revenue programs

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THEY CHANGED FROM A MONOHULL TO A CAT!

The stability, the speed, the quality of life aboard at sea and at anchor, the safety, the shallow draft and the ease of handling are just some of the catamaran's 'plus"

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WHAT DOES NOT FOR SALE IN US WATERS TO A US RESIDENT MEAN?

The language "NOT FOR SALE IN US WATERS TO A US RESIDENT" must legally be added to listings for non-US Registered boats that are in US waters under a cruising permit and placed for sale by the Owner.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT VESSEL SURVEYS

The purchase of a new boat, damage assessment and condition valuation are all reasons to have a small vessel or private pleasure craft surveyed.

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5 TAX TIPS FOR CRUISERS

Be sure to explore your options with a tax adviser familiar with boating deductions before making decisions.

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CATAMARAN OWNERSHIP AND TAX DEDUCTIONS

To what extent can you write off your participation in boating events as a promotional activity for your business or profession?

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HOW TO HANDLE AN IRS AUDIT

There are several practical points that one should always observe in connection with an audit of any kind ~

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AC POWER FROM GEN-SETS FOR CATAMARANS

Even if you have a gen-set on board, you can still put an inverter to good use. Use the gen-set for the larger, long-running AC loads and bring the inverter into service for the smaller intermittent loads when you would prefer some peace and quiet.

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AC POWER FROM INVERTERS FOR CATAMARANS

Dockside power is convenient, but it is a major drawback for most cruising sailors - it is only available at the dock. New inverters are over 90% efficient when actively inverting and consume truly miniscule amounts of electricity in their idle mode.

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AC SPECIFICATIONS OF A CATAMARAN SYSTEM

An ideal gen-set would be lightweight, smooth, quiet, fuel-efficient, powerful, low-cost, reliable and fit in a spare locker. It's best to determine what characteristics are most important for your situation before you shop around.

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BLUEWATER POWER SYSTEMS FOR CATAMARANS

Balancing your electrical power supply in an acceptable manner is easy once you begin to take your role as energy manager seriously.

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CATAMARAN BATTERIES

Increasing your electrical load or the length of your reserve capacity increases the total battery capacity required. Make sure that the total battery capacity you have calculated is suitable for your charging sources.

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CATAMARAN CHARGING CONTROLS AND TECHNIQUES

A summary of charging controls on the market and their operation.

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CATAMARAN DC WIRING TECHNIQUES

What are DC circuits all about and how do I install them properly?

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CATAMARAN ELECTRIC PROPULSION

What type of system is right for you and your multihull?

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CIRCUIT PROTECTION FOR CATAMARAN ELECTRICAL POWER SYSTEMS

Understanding circuit protection will help you avoid dangerous electrical problems on board. Take the time to review ABYC Standards and the products available on the market, and make sure the appropriate CPD's are installed properly.

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GENSETS FOR CATAMARANS

Choosing the right gen-set for your needs

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HEAVY DUTY DC CIRCUIT COMPONENTS FOR CATAMARANS

Beyond the glamour of high-output alternators, solar and wind chargers, battery banks and system monitors are the hidden essentials of any respectable marine electrical power system...

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HIGH OUTPUT ALTERNATORS FOR CATAMARANS

Engine driven power sources and the contribution they can make toward energy independence...

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MONITORING CATAMARAN ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS

Tracking your energy use understanding how your catamaran electrical system operates...

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PV SOLAR PANELS FOR CATAMARANS

Solar panel mounting options are numerous on multihulls...

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REDUCING YOUR ELECTRICAL DEMAND

Reducing your electrical demand has alot to do with making intelligent choices about appliances and how you use them...

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THE ADVANTAGES OF STAND ALONE INVERTERS AND CHARGERS

Mastervolt inverters and chargers push the envelope of what is possible in electrical system and component technology...

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THE CHARGING PACKAGE FOR CATAMARAN CRUISING

Diversity of charging sources is the best way to have a reliable source of power without taking the fun out of sailboat cruising...

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THE IDEAL 12 VOLT POWER SYSTEM FOR CATAMARANS

Taking the right approach to system planning...

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