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Multihull Sailor Winter 2021

Editorial content covers the total sailing experience, featuring articles on coastal and blue-water cruising, trailer-sailing, racing, multihulls and monohulls, daysailing, one-design racing, and much more.

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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
surprise, surprise

It’s generally acknowledged—especially among fans of boats with more than one hull—that cats and tris are where it’s at when it comes to innovation (the latest crop of America’s Cup monohulls excepted). I tend to agree. Not only that, but as far as I’m concerned, there’s nothing like a multihull for providing you with the occasional fun surprise. And it’s not just the aforementioned innovation at work here. I think it’s inherent in the type, something to do with not carrying any ballast and all that beam and sail-carrying ability. An excellent example of one of these “surprises” was my experience aboard the Leopard 45 Spellbound this past winter at the 2020 Caribbean Multihull Challenge (see Back to the Future in St. Maarten on p. 38). If you’d ever told me…

7 min.
talking about design

To say there’s a lot that goes into creating an all-new boat has got to be one of the world’s great understatements. And the job only becomes exponentially harder when boats get smaller, rather than larger—a point that is lost on many—as every inch of space must be used precisely. To gain some insight into the nuts and bolts of the process, we reached out to the folks at Balance Catamarans to ask them some questions about their new 442. Currently under construction down in South Africa (where Balance has been building its boats since its founding in 2013) the boat will be the smallest of a line of performance catamarans that includes a 76-footer as its flagship and a very popular 52ft model, and carries on the company’s tradition of…

1 min.
race to alaska

Director Zach Carver’s documentary Race to Alaska has won a spot in the 2020 Vancouver International Film Festival (viff.org). The film follows the five-year history of the 750-mile race, also known as the R2AK, and is being heralded as “bracing, immersive and wonderfully congenial.” The R2AK, which has featured a surprising number of multihulls over the years, sends mariners and boats of all kinds from Port Townsend, Washington, to Ketchikan, Alaska. The main rules: no engines, no outside help. The winners get $10,000. Second place finishers get a set of steak knives. For more on the event, go to r2ak.com.…

1 min.
resurrection of the worrell 1000

The Worrell 1000 began, as all the best sailing ventures do, as a bar bet. Brothers Michael and Chris Worrell and a bar owner disagreed whether it was possible to sail a 16ft catamaran from Virginia Beach, Virginia, to Florida, so in October of 1974 Michael and a friend made an attempt aboard a Hobie 16. Though forced to retire just shy of the finish, the Worrells’ venture sparked so much excitement that in 1976 they launched the “Worrell Bros. Coastwise Race.” In the years since, the race has been sailed using a number of different boats, but always aboard small catamarans that are beached at night allowing competitors to recuperate and meet with support crews. The race was held semi-regularly until 2002, taking a few years off here and there.…

1 min.
bali catspace

This is not a racing boat. However, if you want comfort afloat and plenty of room for your sailing friends, the aptly named Bali Catspace is the vessel for you. “Rarely,” Bali claims, “has a catamaran of this size offered so much habitable volume,” and they’re not kidding. Aft, a large “tilt-and-turn” door allows you to combine the cockpit, saloon and galley area into a single vast living space. Topside, there’s an oh-so-comfortable flybridge lounge just aft of the boat’s single wheel, while forward is yet another expansive lounging area between the two bows. Belowdecks, you have the option of an owner’s version, in which the entire port hull is given over to the master cabin, or a “Family” version with no less than four separate cabins, each with a…

1 min.
fountaine-pajot isla 40

Although the smallest boat in the Fountaine-Pajot line of cats, the Isla 40 (which takes the place of the Lucia 40) still packs a lot of boat into its 40ft of LOA. With its dramatic reverse sheer, inverted destroyer bows and angular lines, it’s also darn good looking. A single raised helm station is located to starboard with the main traveler spanning the width of the hard dodger aft. Belowdecks there is a choice of either three or four cabins, and the saloon includes a spacious L-shaped cabin to port. There’s also a lounging area forward of the cabintrunk and a nice bench seat spanning the width of cockpit immediately forward of the boat’s dinghy davits. LOA 39ft 2in BEAM 21ft 10in DRAFT 4ft DISPLACEMENT 21,280lb, Fountaine-Pajot Sailing Catamarans, catamarans-fountaine-pajot.com…