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Utterly rediculous statement.trashcanslam said:I think there is great marketing ability in an offshore cat style boat, but the simple truth is that they do not match up to conventional v-hulls. True, in a head on 3 foot swell a cat can handle the wave better (engineering proves this theory), but in any quartering head or quartering following sea a cat style boat will fail 100% of the time. It is because of their lack of handling in quartering seas that I cannot approve of cat style offshore boats.
I think they do a world of good in flats boats, but thats just my opinion
Fail 100% of the time? Is this opinion based on any first hand knowledge, or are you just pulling this opnion out of your arsse?
Basically, catamarans are not for everybody. They run very well in head seas compared to like-sized mono hulls. In fact the ride in head seas is much better compared to like sized mono hulls. The ride in beam seas does take a little getting used to for sure. The weakest point in a catamarans offshore ride is in a big quartering following sea. That sea situation can be a little unnerving the first time you experience this but when you learn to trim the boat properly it is a non-issue. Honestly, a large quartering following sea is a handful for most boats, mono or cat.
Bottom line is that catamarans are very capable offshore boats, especially if you are looking for something under 25'.