In the first of our new eight part series on handling cruising catamarans multihull expert Nigel Irens explains how to get off the dock with the minimum of fuss.
The series follows on from our popular Blue Water Sailing and Heavy Weather features and will include a monthly feature in the magazine as well as an accompanying video.
The attraction of sailing a boat that offers the vast living space only found on a multihull may one day mean that your average monohull sailor is faced with the need to bone up on how to transfer their seamanship skills to catamaran sailing.
Typically this might crop up when a big family – or a group of friends – is tempted to pool their resources and splash out on a charter of one of these boats in some sunny holiday paradise.
To any reasonably experienced sailor stepping on to a multihull shouldn’t represent a huge challenge, but the experience is certainly different enough to merit getting up to speed with it.
Sitting behind the wheel of a docked cruising catamaran for the first time can, when all said and done, be a bit daunting. All that interior space inevitably imposes some severe limits on visibility for a start.
Here’s Nigel Irens’ expert advice.
Camilleri Marine Team