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Multihulls Today Spring 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

3 min
the sailing revolution

I think we live in the most exciting times for sailing and yacht design ever. For thousands of years, boats evolved slowly and steadily yet each generation bore a strong family resemblance to the one that went before. The lateen rigged transports that ply the Nile River today are very similar to the sailing vessels that sailed there 2,000 years ago. Materials have changed, but the original concept remains the same. The Marconi rigged sloops that were first developed in the late 19th Century are still single-hulled fore and aft sloops today. Materials have changed and the designs have evolved as the materials improved but the concept is still essentially the same. That is all well and good for those who love traditions and share an appreciation for the aesthetics of…

1 min
the bridge 2017

To celebrate the long, close friendship between France and the United States and to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the landing in France of the American Expeditionary Forces during the First World War, The Bridge 2017 has been created to be a completely unique event. The main attraction will be a race across the Atlantic between the Queen Mary 2, which was built for Cunard in St. Nazaire, France, and a fleet of maxi-trimarans skippered by some of the world’s most experiencedsailors. So far, Sodebo, Macif, Actual and Spindrift have signed on for the event. The festivities will begin in Nantes on June 15 and then will head along the coast to St. Nazaire where there will be the celebration of the American landing. On June 25, the Queen Mary 2 and…

1 min
america’s cup 2017

The America’s Cup will be up for grabs later this spring as six professional teams of sailors from around the world compete for the oldest trophy in sports. Originally contested in 1851 with a race around the Isle of Wight in England for the 100 Guineas Cup, the event, won by the schooner America, become the “America’s Cup” when the British sailed across the pond to reclaim it. The American defenders of the cup remained undefeated for 132 years before Alan Bond and his Australian crew took the cup away in 1983. In 2017, the America Team Oracle is the defender 2017 of the cup. The boats are now foiling catamarans and the venue is the tiny Atlantic Island of Bermuda. This year there are six teams that will sail, five…

8 min
are you a spreadsheet person? part 1

Are you the sort of guy who asks builders for performance polar diagrams? Who measures a catamaran’s power to weight ratio? Do you spend hours poring over catamaran-owner web blogs and or forums? Do you research carefully the difference between various foam cores, glass materials, resins? Are you attracted to electric engines and lithium-ion batteries? Intrigued by rotating wing masts, foils, or curved daggerboards? If you answer yes to most of the above you are what we yacht brokers jokingly call a “spreadsheet guy.” As a life-time sailor and racer, I honestly much prefer working with spreadsheeters over impulse buyers. Spreadsheet guys wisely focus on both the visible and the invisible when buying a boat because they recognize the purchase of a large catamaran is not, as one of my customers…

10 min
the spring migration

We gave Rick and Julie Palm an enthusiastic “yes” when they asked us if we might be available to bring Archer, their well loved and well known Outremer 51, north from her winter home on Nanny Cay, Tortola to her spring and fall home in Hampton, VA. We work with many new Outremer owners to commission and provide delivery support as they make their way from the Outremer factory in France to the Caribbean and Florida. Invariably, these new multihull owners have turned to the Palms for advice about these understated, performance-minded blue water cruising catamarans – Outremers. Julie Palm’s articles are the most widely published and the Palms are the most well regarded chroniclers of the transition from monohull to multihull owners. Archer is an intelligently outfitted performance catamaran that…

5 min
what we have learned from a capsize

In mid-November, the beautiful Atlantic 57 Catamaran named Leopard was capsized about 400 miles north of the Dominican Republic on her way south from the Chesapeake Bay to St. Maarten. Very fortunately, the three crew members are all safely ashore, having been picked up by a merchant vessel about 10 hours post capsize. One crew was badly bruised but the injuries overall were not severe. The circumstances of the capsize are at once very clear and yet somewhat mysterious. There were three experienced, awake and alert sailors onboard who all have vivid impressions of the event. Leopard’s daily progress south had been similar to a trough ahead of an approaching cold front which meant that the wind was southerly and conditions somewhat unsettled. True wind speeds were running in the 23-to-28 knot…