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    Multi-hull sailing
    From: Gary LaPook
    Date: 2009 Feb 28, 23:22 -0800

    Hewitt Schlereth  wrote:
    Hi Gary -
    "I've lived here in Coral Bay for a year and so far about all I've
    is a lot of snorkeling , some sailing and a great deal of catch-up
    reading. Sailing's been mainly on a 36' Newick trimaran which is great
    fun. It handles like a Flying Dutchman, goes upwind at 10 knots and
    reaches off at 15-17. I may get to Antigua sometime soon if an old pal
    decides to go there to have his 40' Morgan hauled and painted."
    Gary writes:
    The only experience I have hS with multi-hull sailing was a week of
    bare boating around Majorca and another week of bare boating out of
    Raiatea, both times on 43 foot cats rented from the Moorings. The
    boats are very comfortable to live on with lots of space on deck and
    below and are good for vacations since you spend most of your time at
    anchor anyway. But I was disappointed with their upwind performance.
    We were trying to round the southern point on Majorca sailing into 25
    knot winds and we made virtually no progress upwind over the bottom.
    Tacking offshore and back the gps plotter showed our track almost
    exactly across the wind on each tack with no progress toward the
    point. We eventually gave up and anchored in a little cove (they are
    few and far between on the coast of Majorca) for about 4 hours until
    the wind shifted and then we sailed out and rounded the point.
    I attributed this performance to the lack of a centerboard on these
    boats. I think the boats designed for the bare boat trade omits them
    so that renters don't run them aground. I hope other multi-hulls, with
    boards, sail better upwind. What is you experience Hewitt on multi-
    hulls like when on the wind?
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