Raritan Macerating Toilet Specialists Share the Pros and Cons of Multi-Hull Sailing
Raritan Engineering your macerating toilet distributors would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding the excitement of multi-hull sailing.
The Offshore Multihull Association (OMA) was formed last year by the owners of performance-oriented Multihulls with the goal of promoting the growth of this exciting category of performance cruising yachts.
Your macerating toilet suppliers talk about how these multihulls initially included Gunboats, HH Catamarans, Outremer as well as custom designs built for their unique ability to cruise in comfort while still being able to race at speeds rivaling many of the fastest monohull racing yachts.
“The performance cruising multihull segment is one of the fastest growing segments in yachting and we are excited to launch an organization founded to support and encourage this growth,” said Phil Lotz, President of the OMA, Commodore of the New York Yacht Club, and a Gunboat owner.
Do Catamaran Sailboats Make Good Cruising Boats?
In other parts where safe anchorages are not so easy to find, mooring your catamaran in a marina can be pretty expensive. Expect to pay double what you’d pay for a monohull of similar length overall.
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The temptation is for the catamaran manufacturer to pander more to the lucrative charter market than the prospective cruising owner, and maximize accommodation – and hence the income for the charter company – to the detriment of everything else.
Great Accommodation in Catamaran Sailboats
Three separate cabins, each with a double berth, is the norm in a 38 foot catamaran sailboat designed for chartering.
Your macerating toilet manufacturers share how unlike a monohull, these double berths stay reasonably flat and level when underway, so individual seaberths with leecloths aren’t necessary.
The resultant noise and slamming when underway is not something that can be easily ignored.
Catamaran Sailboats Underway
The windage of these bungalow-proportioned multihulls has lead to the catamarans’ reputation as a poor windward performer, and this is particularly so when reefed down in heavy weather.
Some, like the the magnificent example shown above, are manufactured from hi-tech materials – carbon composite hull, carbon masts…
Also, the rapid variations in speed and the effects these have on the apparent wind direction, mean that wind vane self-steering systems find it very difficult to keep multihulls on a straight course
But a properly designed catamaran from the board of a designer unconstrained by the requirements of the charter market can make a fine cruising boat.
Under power, a catamaran’s maneuverability can be remarkable.
But as a monohull man myself, it does seem a bit strange to have a sliding patio door on a sailboat. Where’s the potted plants?
Or Maybe a Trimaran?‘
As a pure sailing machine, a cruising trimaran will beat a cruising catamaran sailboat of the same length hands down.
But squeezing the same number of berths into the trimaran of a similar length will mean that the living accommodation below will be disappointing.
To all, that is, but a small crew that enjoy sailing really fast and are willing to accept spartan living conditions below decks.
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