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Multihulls Today Summer 2018

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

3 min
50 is the new 40

As you walk around marinas or motor through popular anchorages, more and more, you will see that the population of cruising multihulls, cats in particular, has been growing at a rapid rate. A lot of marinas weren’t designed to accommodate catamarans with beams of 25 feet or more so the new entrees are often at the ends of piers or in areas with shallow water where monohulls with deep keels can’t go. But even with this obstacle, the cat fleets around America and Europe are the most dynamic segment in the sailing marketplace. The other thing you will notice is that the boats are getting bigger. Fifteen years ago when the multihull phenomenon was first gathering steam, there were a lot of cats in the 35 to 42 foot range. The…

3 min
the father of modern multihull sailing

On April 3, James Wharram and Hanneke Boon attended the 2018 Classic Boat Awards ceremony at the Royal Thames Yacht Club in London. Awards were given for various categories of building and restoring classic boats. However, this year there was a special extra award presented to James Wharram for a ‘Lifetime Achievement’ as Pioneer catamaran builder, sailor and multihull designer. James was the last to receive the award and was introduced to the audience by Rob Peak, editor of Classic Boat with these words: “James Wharram will not need an introduction for most of us. In 1956, he made the first successful Atlantic crossing in a multihull – the 23ft 6in (7.2m) Tangaroa, which he designed and built himself for £200 and sailed with two German girls. In 1959 they were…

13 min
the five steps to getting a good deal on a used catamaran

As the sales manager at The Multihull Company I have seen a significant shift in the brokerage market with the proliferation of MLS searches, blogs and forums that have made the catamaran world more interconnected. While some of these blogs or forums have good information, the knowledge it takes to make a sound purchasing decision still rests with the experienced hand. Let me explain what it really means to combine the best of what the internet provides – listings – and the best of what seasoned brokers can provide – experience. First, there are the steps taken to narrow the list of boats that suit our buyers, and then the knowledge to really recognize a “good deal”, and when to walk away. Everyone wants to get a great deal on a…

9 min
heavy weather tactics

As I came up on deck I could see the wide-eyed look in everyone’s faces. The catamaran was going too fast, and no one fully understood what to do. The speed had crept up on the crew, so I could hear it and feel it even while sleeping fitfully. With seas building and the apparent wind angle moving to a close reach, more speed could mean more trouble than anyone wanted to face. It would be a good opportunity to demonstrate the “miracle” of trailing warps off the stern. On sailboats most of us spend the vast majority of time trying to figure out how to make the boat go faster. Easing or trimming, a little less helm or a little more sail help create a vast array of tweaks and…

4 min
summer charter specials

Whether you own and cruise in your own boat this summer, booking a charter somewhere that’s always been on your to-do list this summer makes for a great family vacation. Here are places to sail and things to do all around America and beyond. SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND If Newport, RI is the sailing capital of the east coast, then southern New England is one of the great cruising grounds, too. From Long Island Sound all the way to Nantucket, you will find hundreds of great harbors, anchorages and marinas. You can stop in Block Island, Martha’s Vineyard and even Hyannis Port. There are not a lot of companies offering multihulls for charter but Swift Charters and Narragansett Sailing Charters in Rhode Island each have half a dozen or so that are available.…

7 min
leopard 50: luxury afloat

We were all checking our phones as we gathered at the Leopard 50 in the Harbor Towne Marina because the forecast was for serious thunder squalls later that morning. The storm was brewing over southwestern Florida and aiming right for us in Dania, which is just south of Ft. Lauderdale. The green blotches on the radar had large yellow and red highlights that indicated both really heavy rain and probably lightning. But that didn’t stop us. We climbed aboard the new 50, let go the lines and inched our way out the marina entrance in Dania Cut. At the helm was regular Leopard skipper Calvyn, plus Steve Long and Katie Baker from the Leopard sales and marketing team. Under power, the 50 handled smartly, turning in its own length inside the marina…