Features May 2010 Issue

Catamarans and Trimarans - a Performance Multihull Report Looking at Speed, Style, and Value

From beach catamarans to coast-hopping trimarans, Practical Sailor looks at the latest mainstream trends in multihulls.

The BMW Oracle team’s recent win of the America’s Cup—along with a flood of e-mail from multihull fans—has given us good reason to revisit the performance multihull alternative. In this reader-requested sequel to our “Need For Speed” monohull report (September 2009), we focus on design features that make multihulls fast and fun to sail, and examine why many feel that two or three hulls are better than one. It quickly becomes obvious that today’s boats diverge sharply from the iconic Hobie Cat 16. To really get excited about performance in sailing catamarans and trimarans, lightweight, lean hulls and sizable sail area are a must. In this review we look at five terrific performance multihulls: The Hobie Getaway, Weta Trimaran, Windrider Rave, Corsair Dash 750, and Telstar.

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