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Multihulls Today Summer 2017

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.

United States
Blue Water Sailing
R 71,65
R 245,36
4 Issues

in this issue

2 min
power cruising cats

Last winter MQ’s Ad Director Scott Akerman took his family to the BVI to enjoy a week-long charter vacation aboard the new Moorings 433PC–power cat. What makes this remarkable is that Scott is a dyed-in-the-wool sailor who has raced competitively, taught sailing at the Boston Sailing Center, captained many Oyster yachts and sailed more than 100,000 miles offshore. But for a week’s vacation with his wife Kathryn and daughter Astrid, who are not avid sailors, a power cat was the platform of choice. See Scott’s story of his vacation on page 30. The big charter companies are all incorporating more power cats into their fleets and the builder for The Moorings and Sunsail, Roberston & Caine, has recently built a new plant just to accommodate the growing sales of power cats. In…

2 min
multihulls in newport to bermuda race: a first

In March, the Bermuda Race Organizing Committee of the Cruising Club of America announced that they would be opening classes for multihulls in the 51st running of the Newport to Bermuda Race in 2018. In a statement, the committee said, “We are very pleased after careful study and consideration of the unique and challenging characteristics of our race to welcome multihulls of 58 feet and longer.” The decision to admit multihulls and cruising catamarans in particular was not taken lightly. The CCA is a leader in safety at sea and has always held the Newport to Bermuda Race up as a standard for prudent race management and offshore safety. An HH66 would be a fast choice for the Newport - Bermuda race The committee spent much time weighing the suitability of cruising cats…

2 min
caribbean chartering: great summer and fall deals

The BVI has long been the mecca for bareboat chartering and it is now a four-season destination since all of the large charter fleets based there have seen their summer and fall business continue to expand. Part of the reason, no doubt, lies in the killer deals most of the companies offer of “low season” rates. Sumer in the Caribbean is hurricane season officially but the preponderance of storms occur in September and October. Plus, weather forecasting is so good these days, you do not run the risk of being caught unaware by a storm that requires your attention. Here are some of the deals on hand: The Moorings specializes in Premium bareboat charters but they do offer off season pricing and great deal for charters= that last 10 days or two…

7 min
america’s cup preview

The last America’s Cup, which was held in Fan Francisco three years ago, opened our eyes to the wonders of foiling catamarans. The event also gave us one of the greatest comeback victories ever in sports when Oracle Team USA snatched victory from the certain jaws of defeat. The Kiwis aboard Team Emirates New Zealand had mastered foiling before the other teams and showed steady, incremental improvement right through the Louis Vuitton Series (eliminations for challengers) and through the final regatta. But the real story of the last America’s Cup was watching skipper Jimmy Spithill and his team struggling with the foiling technology early and then, in one day off and with the massive resources behind their campaign, get the hang of foiling and improve at it faster than their Kiwi…

6 min
multihulls have arrived

Eighteen intrepid captains and their crew departed Hampton, VA last fall as part of the Sixth Annual Salty Dawg Rally to the Caribbean. But, these are not your grandfather’s catamarans. The early model cruising cats with plywood slab sides and v-hulls over ribs and chines could be built in your backyard. And, if you built it well you could run up the coast, keeping an eye on the nearby shore. Those who ventured across oceans in these early multihulls were considered extreme sailors. But, today’s greyhounds of the ocean leap across oceans and visit far off islands and continents, all from the comfort of an expansive cockpit, comfortable bunks, and a salon with great visibility. And don’t forget doing all this while keeping the captain, mate and crew comfortable, well rested,…

5 min
making memories in the bvi

Frank Sinatra sang about baubles, bangles and beads. Coming up to last Christmas as I was considering which of these to buy my wife, Kathryn, I was looking at a Pandora suitcase piece for her bracelet and suddenly thought, well, this is silly. Instead of buying something to represent travel, why not invest in an experience instead. With the advent of Facebook, we often remark when photos of years past come up as a reminder of what we did, “Was it really three years ago we were at Disney World? And how young we looked.” For us, fun experiences and fond memories last longer and are often more valuable than baubles. After much consideration, we decided on chartering a Moorings power cat in the British Virgin Islands. The 433 has all the…