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Multihulls Today Fall 2016

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
letter from the publisher

All About Motion Over the past several years I’ve had the opportunity to sail a wide range of mutlihulls in all weather conditions. I sailed the first Gunboat, Peter Johnstone’s Tribe, from Charleston to Newport around Cape Hatteras in a rising gale. I sailed Rick and Julie Palm’s new Outremer 51, Archer, in last year’s Salty Dawg Fall rally from Hampton, Virginia to the Bitter End Yacht Club in the BVI. I have sea trialed many of the new cats and tris that have come on the market in the last seven years since we launched MQ. And, as a guy who grew up in monohulls and sailed monohulls one and a half times around the world, I can state the obvious: there is a difference in the sailing experiences between…

6 min
2016 annapolis sailboat show multihull wrap-up

America’s largest all sailboat show finished up in Annapolis, Maryland over the Columbus Day weekend. The show saw four pleasant days of warmth and sun and one day—Saturday—of steady rain. But rain or shine, the show was packed with exhibitors and avid sailors looking for boats, gear and sailing services. The Annapolis show has become the largest multihull show in America with cats and tris on display from the four corners of the world. Here’s a run down of what we saw at the show. The new Balance 526 was on the outer docks and really stood out with her sapphire blue hull. The boat is represented by The Multihull Company and is one of the boats in the new Balance line of performance cruising cats. She is built in South Africa…

4 min
catamaran cruise and learn courses

I help run an American Sailing Association affiliate sailing school in the Caribbean. My partner Chris Rundlett and I operate LTD Sailing—“Living the Dream!” We have found that we receive more requests for catamaran courses, both basic and advanced, than any of the other courses we offer. Out of every 10 inquiries, nine will be for catamaran classes. It’s a trend that is reflected in the type of boats available for charter, as well. You can go to the websites for any of the major players in the charter business and find far more catamarans listed than monohulls (in most markets.) Walk down the Sunsail dock in Tortola, BVI and you will pass rows upon rows of catamarans before you ever see a monohull. WHY? Catamarans are growing in popularity for many…

5 min
how to make the most of your charter vacation

Read the contract! How many times in your life have you just clicked the box that says: “I have read and understood these terms” without ever reading or understanding them? Granted, most of the stuff in these documents is legalese but there are also some important details that you need to pay attention to when chartering a boat. Such as, what time you have access to the boat, what time you need to be back at the dock, what time you need to be off the boat, what the hull insurance includes and what it does not include. If you have any questions, ask before you sign the contract. Especially before you pay the balance or step on the boat. You really don’t want any surprises after you spent a week…

9 min
buyers beware

1: SEARCHING FOR THE LARGEST, CHEAPEST CATAMARAN FOR YOUR BUDGET: Of course you should buy the largest, most inexpensive boat, right? This is the very definition of a bargain, right? Well, maybe not. People tend to think bigger rather than smaller and feel confident that buying a lot more boat for a lot less money is smart. And in some ways, when shopping for a catamaran this makes some sense, as even very large catamarans are considerably smaller inside than a buyer’s home or apartment. From that perspective more storage space can be alluring. But taking this mindset with you when shopping for just the right cat is actually the worst way to purchase a vessel. It is generally wiser to get the smallest and newest boat to serve your needs and…

9 min
best seat in the house

The cruising catamaran has come a long way from its Polynesian origins. New building materials, advances in production techniques, findings in aero and hydrodynamics have shaped this once ancient sailing craft into the most popular cruising and liveaboard platform. What has remained a constant in the last 50 years however has been the basic layout and accommodation plan. The saloon and cockpit are on the main deck and staterooms and heads below. The galley is one of the few variables—as especially on cats above 40 feet it can be found either in the hulls or on the main deck. Rather different are the steering stations which designers place in the stern, midships, on so called “mezzanine” helm stations, the flybridge or even in front of the coachroof. The vast majority of…