You don't know Robert. ;-)
(just kidding, Robert)
When I move up to a cruising multihull from the current
daysailing/camp-cruising cat, I'll want to make sure it can travel
through the Intracoastal Waterway, as well as under the 64' bridges it
For a 15m harryproa, that probably means going to a schooner rig in
order to have enough sail area at lower winds; I don't believe an unarig
with a total hight above the water of <64' would drive the boat in
cruising trim to my satisfaction. And as long as it's going to be a
schooner proa, we might as well cant the masts a bit for reasons already
My goal would be to avoid the ICW if possible, but it's great to be
able to duck in there if the weather gets particularly ugly. If you are
in there, and that's the reason for going to a schooner rig in the first
place, you can pretty much guarantee there will be other boats and pilings.
I'll accept the increase in beam partially due to my safety priorities
and partially due to a sense of resignation -- the boat already has a
huge footprint, so a few more meters won't make or break it.
Particularly because I'd rarely be that close to a piling or other boat.
The boom will definitely be more of a factor in increasing the beam
than canted masts, but I can almost guarantee that I won't be sailing
with the sheets out if space is tight enough to worry about my beam,
regardless of where I am.
Jim Baltaxe wrote:
In the proximity of bridge pilings or other boats? I don't think so.
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The boat is always going so fast that it is closehauled (;~)
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