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Mono- or Multihull?

As I have said many times before, I’m agnostic about the number of hulls a cruising boat should have. There are benefits and drawbacks to one, two, or three.

That said, I do have a soft spot for some boats with three hulls, but that’s another post.

Anyway, I came across this good article comparing the options that’s worth a read.

I think the author does a very good job of pointing out that condo-cats are great for hanging out on, particularly in rolly anchorages, but if we want a cat or tri that sails well, we gotta keep her light, and if we are not willing to do that, the overloaded multi will have a hard time keeping up with a similarly loaded mono.

That was certainly our experience over the years we sailed our McCurdy and Rhodes 56, and is also why our friends Steve and Linda Dashew turned away from cats (their first love) in favour of long thin monos.

Real selection criteria to think about, instead of engaging in the silly which-is-best argument.

Much more about how to cut through all the noise and blather to end up with the right boat for our needs.

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