Fast Cats on the Horizon

Posted by Darrell Nicholson at 10:50AM - Comments: (0)

March 24, 2010

In the wake of last year’s article on performance-oriented monohulls, readers requested more coverage of multihulls. That report will be in the May issue, but for those West Coast Florida readers who can’t wait that long, you might want to head down to Bokeelia, Fla. , where Ben Hall of Hall Spars is hosting the Admiral’s Cup, an event for A-Cats, an exciting open class of small catamarans. The race is set for March 26-28, and for more information, you can contact Hall through the link on the Admiral’s Cup website or go to the A-Cats District 3 website, where you’ll find a glowing report on last year’s event.

The video above offers a good slice of what you can expect at the event and why the class is growing fairly quickly. Our upcoming report will focus on some of more mainstream small boats like the Hobie Getaway and some popular cross-purpose boats like the Corsair Dash 750 and the Telstar 28. Several readers are avid fans of the Corsair boats, and we do have a few Corsair reviews in our archives, like this review of the Corsair F-31.

Finally, the report also will include a frank assessment of the cruising capabilities of catamarans, the advantages and disadvantages. There is a lot of marketing hype surrounding cruising cats, and owners are often quite passionate about their boats. I’d be very interested to hear from more readers who can offer an objective view of cruising on more than one hull.

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