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Multihull Sailor

Summer 2018

Multihull Sailor includes articles on everything from downwind sails, rigging and gear to the latest on performance beach cats, cruisers, the world's best multihull charter destinations and more!

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6 min
leopard 50

The Leopard 50 is replacing the popular Leopard 48, but this constitutes an entirely new yacht, not just an upgrade of the older boat. The new 50 is 2ft longer than the 48, and the beam has been widened from 25ft to 26ft 5in. It is also available with a flybridge, and to minimize your suspense, it’s wonderful! Note that Leopard makes a point of calling it a “lounge” rather than a flybridge, and the version with said lounge is therefore called the Leopard 50L. There’s another version sans lounge called the 50P, for performance. Aside from the lounge seating on the hardtop abaft the helm, the only real difference on the L version is that the boom has been raised a bit, so no unwary guest gets whacked. DESIGN &…

6 min
lagoon 40

French catamaran builder Lagoon, created an unimaginable following when its launched its 380 nearly two decades ago. With over 800 of the boats built to date, it appealed both in size and price to couples with cruising dreams. No model launched since has been successful in pushing the queen off her pedestal. But that may change with Lagoon’s newest introduction, the Lagoon 40. DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION The Lagoon 40 replaces the previous 39 and the 400 models. Designed by VPLP, the new cat adopted the styling of her larger siblings, including more angular transoms, longer rectangular hull ports to let light stream in below and a coachroof that flows into an upward-angled composite hardtop, which gives the boat an aggressive look. The wraparound windows are still vertical, but their elongated look gives…

2 min
multis rock the 600

Over the last 10 years the RORC Caribbean 600, a distance race that starts and finishes in Antigua and winds around the Leeward Islands from Guadeloupe in the south to Anguilla in the north, has grown to become a highlight of the island regatta season. It’s hotly contested by serious racing teams, and with changing weather conditions and plenty of islands and reefs to deal with, it’s a real test of navigation skills and crew work as well as outright boat speed. A record 11 multihulls were entered in this year’s race, which kicked off with a couple of days of big winds and waves that took their toll on both the mono and multihull fleets. There were many retirements, none as spectacular as that of the Paul Bieker-designed Fujin, which…

10 min
up,up and away

It was the summer of 2013 and Aussie sailor Bill Macartney was in San Francisco for the 34th America’s Cup—the summer of “the Comeback” and the moment when the Cup officially took to the air thanks to the efforts of Emirates Team New Zealand. “Seeing Team New Zealand come roaring round the top mark,” Macartney says, “I looked at it and thought, we gotta do something. We have to do something.” Fair enough. A lot of people saw their worlds change in the course of that summer. Macartney, though, isn’t just any sailor. He also happens to be the ex-CEO of the 18-Foot Skiff Grand Prix of the 1990s, the iconic series of regattas featuring wildly over-canvased trapeze and outrigger-equipped three-man skiffs that paved the way for today’s stadium-style racing, including the…

1 min
eight bells: ian farrier

I an Farrier, the man who brought folding trailerable trimarans into the mainstream, passed away last December at the age of 70. The New Zealander spent a half-century building and designing multihulls, and his ingenious folding-ama design led to a whole new trailer-sailing niche. After dropping out of university, Farrier worked long hours at a factory where he learned the organizational skills that would later stand him in good stead. He started out as a keelboat sailor, but at the age of 20 purchased a partially finished 30ft trimaran that he rebuilt over two years. For his maiden voyage he sailed the boat singlehanded up the New Zealand coast during winter, learning valuable lessons about the behaviour of trimarans in galeforce conditions. A stormy voyage to Tonga the same year on a…

11 min
water world

It’s easy to spend a lot of time and money on sails, engines, generators and electronics when gearing up for a long-term cruise. However, one vital element (literally) that is often overlooked or left until the last minute is freshwater. Granted, you may be planning to cruise in areas where clean drinking water is easily obtained. But there’s still the hassle of having to come into the dock to fill tanks. And for those considering an ocean crossing, will those tanks be large enough? Finally, those sailing into less-frequented cruising grounds, in particular, need to ensure they have a safe supply of clean water that they can rely on, and the best way to do this is to produce your own. The good news is that watermakers, like many other technologies, have…