Multihull Sailing News

Catamarans and trimarans have gone from occupying the fringe of the sailing world to the front and center. Whether it’s a cruising catamaran, a bluewater racing trimaran or the latest red-hot racing beach cat, you can always count on these boats and the people who sail them for some excitement afloat.

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Multihull Sailing News

Two New Multihulls for Two Very Different Types of Sailing

The market for high-end, high-performance catamarans definitely falls within the definition of “niche,” but it’s fun to follow nevertheless. Big carbon-fiber multihulls packing laminated sails on towering rigs capable of 30-plus-knot speeds and 300-plus-mile daily runs in the right conditions, yet equipped with comfortable cruising accommodations: what’s not to like? California-based Morrelli & Melvin has Read More

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Racing

High-speed, Singlehanded Trimarans Ready to Circle the Globe

Just when it seemed impossible for another event to describe itself as the “Everest of round-the-world yacht races,” one has popped up on the radar that is, well, the Everest of round-the-world yacht races. The Brest Ultime Challenge is due to take place in 2019 and will be like the Vendée Globe in that it Read More

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Cruising

East Coast Delivery Aboard a Performance Trimaran

Even after more years of sailing than I care to admit,  I can honestly say I learn at least something new every time I get out onto the water. This goes double whenever I have an opportunity to venture offshore aboard a brand-new boat: triple when I recently had the chance to help deliver a Read More

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Cruising

Engine Trouble, Sam’s Dead

Captain’s log, Different Drummer, Swansboro, N.C., 6-10-2011: “Well, well, well…limped back into Swansboro, tied up at Casper’s Marina. Sam’s alive, but sick. Heading back to River Dunes.”  Sam’s our port engine, Dave’s our starboard engine; twin Yanmar three-cylinder diesels. Sam had spun number three rod bearing the day before, a crippling injury that would require Read More

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Multihull Sailing News

R2AK: Alaska or Bust

If you haven’t heard of the most outrageous boat race in North America, it’s time to get with the program. It’s the Race to Alaska, a 750-mile epic up the Inside Passage from Port Townsend, Washington, to Ketchikan, Alaska, with a stopover in Victoria, British Columbia. Beset with ferocious currents, unpredictable weather, orcas and of Read More

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Racing

Two U.S. Sailors are Taking on the European Foiling Scene

What does a pair of enthusiastic Texans do when they can’t find anyone to race against aboard their full-foiling Flying Phantom catamaran? Go where people are racing them, in the south of France. This past April, John Tomko and Jonathan Atwood, both of the Lone Star State, made their European debut at the first round Read More

Cruising

Exploring the Gambier Islands of the South Pacific on a Catamaran

Imagine you’re about to make landfall in the South Seas after a 21-day odyssey on a not-so-Pacific ocean. You’re envisioning lush mountains, beautiful beaches, turquoise water, a bright blue sky and local beauties awaiting you with baskets full of tropical fruits and fragrant flowers in their long black hair. The crossing and its challenges are Read More

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