The Cruising Multihull by Chris WhiteThe Cruising Multihull by Chris White

The Cruising Multihull

byChris White

Paperback | September 22, 1996

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Long typecast as the hotrods of the sea--fast but dangerous--modern cruising multihulls actually are among the safest and most comfortable cruising sailboats available. Modern multihulls offer significant advantages over single-hull sailboats: They sail faster, have more living space, they're more comfortable, more stable, they can sail safely in much shallower water, and, because their stability comes from widely spaced hulls and not from tons of lead hung off the keel, they don't sink. Given the ultimate disaster, which would you choose: A capsized yet habitable boat, floating awash, or a self-righting boat sitting at the bottom of the ocean? And multihulls are fast. A typical weekend cruiser's circle of operations might double if he switches to a multihull. A transatlantic voyage might be cut by a third. No less an organization than the U.S. Navy decided that applications requiring an extremely steady platform at sea were best suited to, of all things, a catamaran.

The Cruising Multihull supplies the reader with all the latest information about design, construction, rigs, seamanship, safety, and a point-by-point rebuttal of the "accepted wisdom" concerning multihull dangers. It will help you decide whether a multihull is right for you; which multihull--cat or tri--is best for your needs; whether you should build one yourself, have one built, or buy one off the rack. And, of course, The Cruising Multihull shows you how to get the most from your boat.

"I don't know of a more thorough survey of modern cruising multihulls than this book. For strangers to these boats who want to know more about them, as well as for multihull sailors eager to learn from a capable, articulate designer and sailor with his own point of view, I enthusiastically recommend The Cruising Multihull."--John Rousmaniere

"Finally, a multihull voice which does not proselytize. Instead, logic and information pack the pages of Chris White's . . . The Cruising Multihull."--WoodenBoat

As an avid 13-year-old sailor, Chris White became interested in multihulls after a day sail on a charter trimaran in St. Croix. Five years later, he built and launched the 31-foot Searunner trimaran Shadowfax, which became home and adventure vehicle for three years of cruising the East Coast, the Bahamas, the West Indies, and parts of ...
Title:The Cruising MultihullFormat:PaperbackDimensions:268 pages, 9.2 × 7.9 × 0.6 inPublished:September 22, 1996Publisher:McGraw-Hill Education

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ISBN - 10:0070698686

ISBN - 13:9780070698680

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Cruising Multihull Believe everything written in the blurb! This is a great book. It can explain really difficult topics/concepts clearly, backed up with anecdotes that help to reinforce the information. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2005-06-09

Table of Contents



Chapter 1/A Boat for Cruising

Chapter 2/The Specifics of Multihull Design

Chapter 3/The Trimaran

Chapter 4/The Catamaran

Chapter 5/Resisting Leeway

Chapter 6/Rudders and Steering

Chapter 7/Rigs

Chapter 8/Auxiliary Power

Chapter 9/The Specifics of Multihull Construction

Chapter 10/Safety and Seamanship

Appendix A: A Catalog of Production Multihulls

Appendix B: A Review of Multihull Designers

Appendix C: Two Designs from the Author


Editorial Reviews

``Addresses the newcomer as well as the seasoned multihull sailor--the best book written to date.''