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Multihulls Today Winter 2020

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
performance cruising defined

As the multihull segment of the boating market expands and matures, the trend to emphasize “performance” is getting more prominent. For most of us, I suspect, when we think of performance in a sailboat or powerboat, we think of speed. How fast can it sail or motor? A huge amount of effort has gone into making performance cats and tris as light as possible, since weight is the enemy of speed in light-displacement multihulls. So, we see a fleet of boats with cored carbon fiber hulls and tall carbon masts with high tech sails on them. And we see power cats with cored hulls and fine hull shapes to reduce weight and drag. All to improve performance. But I want to suggest that performance is more complicated than simply a measure of…

5 min
owning a multhull in a charter fleet

THE CHARTER FLEETS AROUND THE WORLD OFFER an easy way to go sailing in places far from home on other people’s boats. It’s a great way to have a sailing vacation and at the end you simply hand back the keys and walk away, leaving all the care, time and money required to keep a boat ship-shape to others. But if you don’t own the boat you vacationed on, someone does, because virtually all the boats in The Moorings, Sunsail, Dream and all the other fleets have private owners. Given the damage to charter boats and wear and tear, why does it make sense for you or anyone else to own a yacht in a charter fleet? There are lots of good reasons. HOW IT WORKS The big companies with worldwide fleets…

2 min
salty dawg spring rally from the virgin islands to the u.s.

The Salty Dawg™ Sailing Association (SDSA) has opened registration for its 2020 Spring Rally from the Virgin Islands to the US. The Rally will depart the Virgin Islands on May 12, weather permitting, from Nanny Cay in the British Virgin Islands, heading to Blue Water Yachting Center in Hampton, VA (or other ports on the U.S. east coast) or to Bermuda. Pre-departure activities begin on May 1. The Salty Dawg Spring Rally to the U.S. is an offshore passage in company of other boats, usually a fleet of 25 to 35 boats of many nationalities. It is a great way to meet and enjoy the company of other sailors. Cruisers will gather in North Sound at the New Bitter End Yacht Club to begin socializing with fellow Salty Dawgs on May 1.…

6 min
florida or bust

Late November deliveries out of the Chesapeake Bay can be rigorous in the extreme. Weather changes fast, and a trip around Cape Hatteras can mean steep seas, cold winds and limited options. Good planning can help avoid the worst of it, but with the Gulf Stream relatively close to the east, a narrow slot of counter current exists between Diamond Shoals and the Stream’s adverse current. Heading south on a favorable wind out of the north, means you don’t want to be caught in the Stream as wind pitches against the north flowing current. Well before we departed, I realized we needed a new log, so I had one printed up at Fed Ex / Kinko’s that prompted for all of the information I wanted to monitor. Not only is space…

11 min
adventures in east africa

THE BUCKET LIST: THREE WORDS Mombasa. Dar-es-Salaam. Zanzibar These three names evoked awe and wonder to me and many a schoolboy in Canada many decades ago. Even as an adult and teaching international business at a college in Toronto, I bandied about these exotic locales to my students. Little did I know that life would take me to Africa and Kenya, not just to visit on safari but to actually live, settle down and marry and indeed sail off what CNN calls Africa’s most beautiful beach: Watamu, Kenya. My preparation for the sailing lifestyle began as a 13-year-old junior sailor out of Royal Hamilton Yacht Club in Hamilton, Canada. Upon first arriving in Nairobi in 2008 to work in neighbouring South Sudan as an international development lawyer, I realised that Mombasa was…

6 min
high-tech sails for performance cruisers

Multihull sailors are by nature an eclectic lot and that’s why you often see them being the first to innovate and try new ideas and that’s no different when it comes to sails. Back at a time when membrane sails were the purview of racing sailors, you started to find membrane sails on cruising multihulls long before their monohull counterparts caught on to the idea. Sail engineering is constantly evolving and changing so let’s look at some of the newer trends as well as some of the tried and tested. Remember the main goal is to build a sail that is light, strong, easy to manage and one that holds its shape for a long time. I like to say that you measure the life of a sail by how long…