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Multihulls Today

Summer 2019

MQ-Multihulls Quarterly is the only magazine published in North America for multihull enthusiasts, both power and sail. Created by the publishers of Blue Water Sailing magazine, MQ offers news and notes from around the multihull world, in depth reviews of new multihulls and relevant gear and equipment, and offers great personal stories from sailors and cruisers all around the world who spend their time on the water aboard their multihulls – either catamarans or trimarans.

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Blue Water Sailing
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IN THIS ISSUE

2 min.
power cats rising

The catamaran market has been mostly tailoring their products for sailors. The charter fleets have always been predominantly populated with sailing cats and cruising folk who buy cruising cats have traditionally been sailors. Increasing, long range cruisers are choosing cats over monohulls and that crowd is almost all made up of sailors. But something new is also happening in the world of multihulls: power cats. All of the major builders of cruising cats are now offering a few models of power cats and apparently sales of new power cats is growing every year. This is not surprising. The advantages of using catamaran design and technology to build power boats is not exactly new but it has never been as popular as it is now. Sailing friends who have chartered power cats in…

2 min.
take the excess challenge, be immoderate

This year Groupe Beneteau is launching a new line of cruising catamarans aimed at a young audience that is seeking to push their limits in everything they do from sports to travel and especially to sailing. The Excess 12 and 15 are designed to be sailing and live-aboard platforms to enhance this lifestyle. The name comes from a famous Oscar Wilde quote, “Nothing succeeds like excess.” In the marketing for the new company, Beneteau has come up with a great promotion called the Excess Challenge. You play the online game—a virtual distance race—to win a $300,000, 38-foot catamaran. The Challenge runs from January 1, 2019 through August 31, 2019. The Challenge is a virtual yacht race against the clock. Once you sign up and pay your 9 Euros, you name your boat…

11 min.
1,444 days: california to panama

Someone once told me “Direction” is more important than speed. Many are going nowhere fast. Our journey from California to Panama took us 1,444 days. Many cruisers are faster, some much slower and were “doing us”. When we decided to go cruising we didn’t set a time limit. We said we would stop when we find our slice of paradise. We were headed into Fort Bragg, California, up the Noyo River, and entering into this shallow river under a bridge can make one nervous when this is your landfall after crossing from Hawaii in 33 days. Nonetheless, we had made it and enjoyed the new scenery while walking around with the biggest smiles on our faces. We spent 10 days at Dolphin Isle Marina for rest and provisions. Then, we were ready…

4 min.
chartering in the bvi after the hurricanes

Two years later I’ve come to the BVI on a Sunsail 444, a four-cabin/four-head sailing catamaran, for a week to see firsthand how the recovery is going. For our crew of four adults and four kids, a catamaran was the best option for space and stability as some of the crew don’t like boats when they heel. In a nutshell, the BVI is back and running amazingly well, but as you look around you can see the damage to trees, homes and a lot of boats. Road Town’s customs building is open and has a fresh coat of paint. There are still boats sunk here and there and you can see docks and buildings either broken or under repair. Make sure to check to see what restaurants are actually open as…

7 min.
the more, the merrier

As we prepared to head to the dock, trepidation was easily discernible in the voices of people who had frequently docked monohulls with one engine. They would be quite happy to relinquish the helm to anyone else willing to drive the new catamaran to the dock. With less experience docking but more experience driving a Bobcat, front-end skid loader on residential construction sites, I figured that driving a twin-engine catamaran can’t be that difficult. It wasn’t. But it was certainly far more nuanced with quite a few unrecognized benefits. As with any vessel maneuvering, ideally, the engine controls are close at hand to the helm and easily operated. Gears shouldn’t be shifted between full forward and full reverse too rapidly. To experiment initially in open water, you may want to initially…

7 min.
multihulls on display in the south of france

After an overnight flight from Boston to Paris and a three hour train ride on the TGV to Montpellier, I arrived at my hotel in La Grande Motte at about midnight and fell into bed and to sleep immediately. I expected to sleep in the next morning as the boat show I was attending didn’t start until noon. But that wasn’t to be the case. At dawn I was rudely awakened by the rattle of leaves and branches outside my window and the sounds of lawn furniture by the swimming pool being blown sideways with a crash and a bang. The wind was up and it was really up. I would say 30 knots was about the average speed with gusts quite a lot higher. We were in the south of France,…