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Bill Gibbs

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In Topic: Racing Trimarans vs Catamarans - All-around performance

17 August 2016 - 04:24 AM

Here is Wahoo finishing SB-KH last month.
She weighs 13,065 pounds in racing trim without crew or perishables like fuel and water.
Best way to compare speeds is looking at rating of boats in the same system. In the SoCal PHRF style for multis, ORCA, she rates -35, and can hang with fast Corsairs as hoped.

In Topic: Racing Trimarans vs Catamarans - All-around performance

16 August 2016 - 10:21 PM

Back to the original question, a cat can be designed and built to beat any trimaran, and vice-versa.  Until you add constraints.  "Rules" will ultimately favor one over the other.  Cost, length, beam, accommodation, etc., etc.

 

A sailboat is a solution.  To pick the best one, you have to be very clear and detailed on the problem you are trying to solve.

IMHO