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Multihulls Today Fall 2014

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.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Blue Water Sailing
Frequency:
Quarterly
R 71,65
R 245,36
4 Issues

in this issue

2 min
letter from the editor

Just after breakfast and before weighing anchor, I gathered my crew of five on the trampoline of our chartered catamaran for a session on crew overboard maneuvers. Armed with a dry erase board and various colored markers, I drew boats doing circles and figure eights and wrote a list of instructions that needed to be executed as soon as “Crew Overboard!” had been shouted. Afterwards, I knew I had their attention. But I was also well aware that they didn’t understand the full reality of the task at hand. A few hours later and about halfway between Anagada and Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands, I hurled the practice buoy over the side and watched as the crew sprung to action. At first, a rush of panic seemed to spread…

5 min
on the level

Each year it seems as though more multihulls are showing up at the United States Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Maryland, and this year was no exception. As we walked around the show touring boats, meeting vendors and builders and seeing what each has to offer, it is clear that America’s largest sailboat show is swelling with multihulls and their respective fans. Here are four multihull-centric themes that we identified as we walked the docks at this year’s show. Showstoppers 1. Trimarans are better than ever—for sailing and cruising. When I sat down inside the NEEL 45 cruising trimaran’s large elliptical bridge deck to find out what the company was up to with their newest boat, the 65, I enjoyed a nearly 180 degree view of the docks as show-goers slowed to a…

9 min
techtalk

Part Two: high performance catamaran design and safety George Day: Seems there is a growing trend and market for higher performance sailing cats. First you had Catana, creating something of a performance cruiser. Outremer focused on being a bit faster yet, and then you have Gunboat and Tag, focusing on an even faster type of cat. What are you trying to do at Balance that is different? Phil Berman: The brand name reflects what we are trying to do. We are first and foremost focused on blue water cruisers, not racers. We are not going for that market of owners who want and need a professional captain to sail their boat. We want our boats to be easily singlehanded, so we make a few performance sacrifices to do that. We are also…

6 min
dock tales

Tucked in a tight slip along a row of neatly organized charter cats, one of the first questions asked by my catamaran cruising students was how we were going to maneuver the large, wide boat away from the dock. “It’s all about the engines.” I said. A few days later while practicing close quarters maneuvering, the students got a chance to rotate between line handling and the helm as we backed and spun our way through a series of drills and docking exercises. By the end of a great week of cruising the cat throughout the British Virgin Islands, it was maneuvering and docking practice that the students pointed to as a highlight, not the sailing. Here are a few tips you can use on your own boat or while on charter…

3 min
downplay

Sailing downwind can and should be one of the most exhilarating parts of owning and sailing a catamaran or trimaran. When sailing efficiently in light zephyrs to gusty breezes you are often able to sail faster than the true wind—especially in the more performance oriented boats—which is what fast multihull sailing is all about. But multihull sailors know quite well that their boats don’t tend to sail all that well dead downwind. Instead, by broad reaching and jibing you are able to keep the apparent wind forward and the boat moving fast. Sure, you’ll sail farther, but your boatspeed will more than make up for the added distance. So, to help you keep those boatspeeds up while sailing to downwind destinations, here are a few tips for differing wind conditions. Light Wind Because multihulls…

10 min
windward isle wonderland

I have to admit I was skeptical when I looked at the chart and realized that we’d be sailing over 300 miles on a round trip ten-day charter in the Windward Islands. Covering that much distance didn’t leave much time to actually experience the sights, sounds and flavors of this part of the Caribbean. However, the promise of a nearly new and equipment-packed Catana 47 making cat tracks through the easterly trades did sound like the perfect sailing adventure, so I was all in. Dream Yacht Charters in Le Marin, Martinique was our point of departure and the sheer number of new cats on the dock gave me goose bumps. There seemed to be a veritable fleet of Catanas and we stepped aboard a shiny 47-footer named Rhin. In the walk-through…