Sails : Sails 28 October November 2014
spacious but for the monohull racing sailor who is changing down a gear, there still needs to be a reason to take the helm. so optioning-up with big headed mainsails, gennakers and Code Os is a consideration. Changing the fixed props to folding ones can also make a big difference, as even when motoring one engine is often used alone. Rigs and their support are key points on catamarans because unlike monohulls they don’t heel but rather absorb all the loads. and with no backstays, it means the shrouds are heavily loaded, so inner and outer ones are another consideration. muLtihuLLs 055 Butyoucanonlydosomuchona traditional cruising catamaran with its mini-keels and large wetted area, so choosing a performance boat with dagger boards in the first place is an option. here, these include the exciting looking schionning 49 that McConaghy China are currently building, using their expertise in lightweight construction to build a fast passage-maker. similarly with the Catana 53 that is being tooled-up as we go to press. along with similar French competitor Outremer 45 these boats are family friendly performance catamarans that won’t break the bank but may break a few records when it comes to getting to your weekend anchorage. Finally, should your aspirations be more than fast passage-making the tag 50 is worth a test sail with the XR model being full carbon with rotating mast which really is catamaran heaven for some of us! Most socialising and relaxing takes place in the saloon so it’s a key feature to consider when choosing a layout to suit your lifestyle.
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