Re: 32' Catamaran Capsize Off California
I have a question for our American members on the forum. This comes from comments by an American friend who sails monos, but knows a bit about cats.
His theory is that sailing conditions on the east side of USA are generally fairly benign. Seas of 4ft are considered quite large. So people want their 'cruising cats' powered up with larger rigs so as to enjoy the stability and the easy sailing. Hence the current trend for ever bigger rigs, and boats that are more 'cruiser/racer' in concept.
When these over rigged cats are used on parts of the west coast they find conditions are much rougher. Then they get shown up as being more prone to trouble, including capsizing, than properly rigged cats.
Is this a general view?
Do you think he has a good point?
If so, it has relevance to people buying on the used boat market. If it was an east coast cat, be careful what you buy. Or something like that.
Nothing works on an old boat, except the skipper.