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Multihulls Today Fall 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.

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

in this issue

3 min
innovation rules the multihull world

AS WE WERE ASSEMBLING THIS ISSUE’S HUGE 2020 ANNUAl Multihull Preview section, we kept having to stop to consider just how much innovation is going on in the world of multihulls. More and more we are seeing the common use of truly exotic building techniques in the search for ever lighter and ever stiffer hulls, decks and rigs. Building with infused all carbon and epoxy laminates with high-tech foam cores has evolved to the point that many boats are built this way, a technique that was reserved for only the highest tech racing boats only a few years ago. The steady adoption of daggerboards and centerboards in cruising cats has created a new generation of catamarans that sail much better to windward than designs without boards. Not only does this make…

1 min
dragonfly rendezvous in denmark

Dragonfly Days has become a strong tradition amongst the worldwide family of Dragonfly trimaran owners. Last summer, 38 Dragonflys and more than 130 owners and enthusiasts showed up for three days of socializing, seminars, sailing and fun. Hosted by the Quorning family, founders, owners and designers for the company, the event is like a family reunion since owners return year after year. During the long weekend, owners got a chance to hone their trimaran sailing and boat handling skills under the guidance of the company’s experts. There are a lot of tricks to getting the best from a trimaran and this was a great time for owners to improve their games. Plus there were informative seminars and always the social events in the evenings. For more information on Dragonfly trimarans click here…

1 min
catamarans make up one third of the salty dawg fall rally

The 2019 Fall Salty Dawg Rally from Hampton, VA to Antigua or the Bahamas (two fleets) is in the books and all of the 68 boats arrived more or less on schedule despite challenging weather conditions, some stop-overs in Bermuda and fickle tradewinds. Multihulls have now become a significant portion of the Fall Rally with 23 cats in the fleet which makes up 33% for all the boats entered. The cats range from the smallest which was a Gemini 34 to the largest, a Privilege 495. Most of the cats were in the low 40-foot range. The most popular boats in the cat fleet were Fountaine Pajot with eight boats (a third of the fleet) and Lagoon with six boats (a quarter of the fleet). That should not be a surprise since…

2 min
dream yacht charter on the move

Last fall, Dream Yacht Charter announced that the company was on target to add 228 new boats to its worldwide fleet. Dream is now the largest recreational charter boat company in the world with well over 1,250 boats at 64 bases and growing rapidly. In 2020, Dream plans to add an additional 195 yachts with 112 being delivered in the first half of the year largely to bases throughout the Mediterranean. Loic Bonnet, CEO and founder of Dream Yacht Charter, said, “The investment made in Dream Yacht Charter’s fleet in 2019 and 2020 is worth $165 million. The Caribbean and Mediterranean remain key areas to our growth and we have significantly increased our fleets in both regions. In the Mediterranean we will have an additional 35 catamarans and 48 monohulls for…

1 min
60th anniversary of wharram’s historic transatlantic passage in a catamaran

On 30th September 1959, 60 years ago, the 40 foot catamaran Rongo sailed into the Conway River in North Wales after crossing the North Atlantic from New York. Rongo was the first catamaran to have made this difficult voyage, sailed by the now world famous catamaran designer James Wharram and his two German women companions, Ruth Merseburger and Jutta Schultze-Rohnhoff. Rongo was designed and built by Wharram in Trinidad in 1957-58 after the three sailors had already crossed the Southern Atlantic in 1956 along the trade wind route from the Canaries to Trinidad in their small 23-foot, 6-inch catamaran Tangaroa, also designed and built by Wharram in England in 1954. In the 1950s, catamarans had not yet been acknowledged as viable seagoing sailing vessels and James Wharram pioneered their concept and proved…

16 min
the other happiest day

Every sailor who calls a brokerage company to list their yacht for sale has the same agenda – sell my boat for the highest possible price in the shortest possible time with the least amount of hassle. With that common theme comes a common range of mistakes that work against the seller’s best interests. Here are 14 things you should do to sell your boat quickly and still fetch the best price. 1. HIRE AN EXPERT BROKER Years in yacht sales have taught me that good brokers sell boats, weak ones do not. As I have managed many brokers over the years at my own company, it is evident to me that yacht brokering is a profession that requires a wide range of skill sets to perform with success. Those skill sets…