Originally Posted by MMNETSEA
Thanks for your Response, the extract from Phil's website was CL's doing. However, there no doubt that the modern day catamaran is gaining in popularity, as far as an ideal boat for cruising is concerned. Every year we see more and more, especially in warmer climates.
As with monohulls there good and poor designs, good and bad builders.
Hi, all, stepping in for a moment to give you a thought from an open-minded monohull owner
We considered both monohull and multi hull boats. We found it very interesting that even within the multihull community there was the trimaran group, many of whom refused to accept that a cat was a good choice, too.
When we looked at stability curves--what we saw was that multihull boats had wonderful intial stability but very scary final stability. But equal and opposite to that, we knew that we could get a much shallower draft boat with a multihull (of comparable living space to a monohull) and it could mean that we'd enjoy many more secluded anchorages in tropical areas.
When we got down to looking at the type of voyaging we wanted to do--mostly mid to higher lattitudes not in the tropics--the monohulls stability curves looked a bit better to us than that of the cats. And, we had to admit that we weren't seeing a lot of cats in Seattle, Alaska, Maine, Nova Scotia, etc as compared to the monohulls. There is little doubt that had we preferred tropical cruising we'd have looked much more seriously at cats.
The final thing for us, though, was aesthetics
. No one can determine what aesthetic will appeal to you--this is a very individual matter. One's background, upbringing, prior experiences, culture, all play into it of course. We realized that the emotional appeal of voyaging in a monohull far exceeded that of a multihull for us. We went further to realize that voyaging in a classic wooden schooner would be the epitome of the voyaging life we wished to live.
So, when someone says "multi hull or monohull which is better" the response is "it depends" on the sailor