If you are considering changing from a monohull to a catamaran and are unsure of what to buy, READ ON.
1. Sailing a Catamaran.
It is perceived by many mono-hull sailors that Catamarans Sail Like Dogs. This is not true.
Modern design and incorporation of lightweight materials have contributed to improving the sailing characteristic of a catamaran. Review the Tag 60 sailing performance and then make up your mind.
Tag 60 Sailing Performances. Although the TAG60 has an impressive top end speed and will thrill those who are willing to push her to her full potential, the biggest benefit is the yachts light air performance. It is all about enjoying the journey and if you can get to your destination faster and safer, this ultimately translates into more relaxation time. The TAG60 will comfortably do 300mile plus runs per day. In today’s fast paced life our vacation and leisure time is precious. Let’s sail fast and then live slow!
Light Air Sailing. In Light airs from 6-15 knots of true wind the TAG60 equals the wind speed and regularly exceeds it by 20%. This means you will be sailing when most are still motoring. This yacht is designed for the sailor who enjoys sailing. Good light performance means the sea state will be flat and comfortable so the sailors can enjoy the sailing thrill, while family and friends can relax not even knowing the speeds being sailed at.
The added safety benefit is that with the performance range one can avoid uncomfortable weather situations by either sailing around or away from them.
Upwind Sailing. The TAG60 does not sail like a traditional catamaran upwind. With the centerboards and powerful sail plan, a carbon rotating wing mast, the TAG60 regularly out points and out sails larger mono-hulls. Eg. 10 knots of True wind will equal a boat speed of 12knots at 40degrees to the true wind and about 25 degrees off the apparent wind.
Reaching. This is the fun angle with the TAG60 having little resistance in the water due its slim hulls and a very powerful sail plan. Once the speed is up and the apparent wind is generated, the TAG60 can crack off to broader wind angles and still maintain the speed. The rotating wing mast and powerful headsail plan keep the apparent wind forward.
Down Wind. Deep down wind sailing is similar to a racing catamaran. Once again generate the apparent wind and dive off the wind. During sea-trials on a 20knot breeze day, we had the TAG 60 sailing at 18-24 knots at 150 degrees off the true wind with the apparent wind angle sitting at 40 degrees. Truly impressive!
2.Comfort on-board a Catamaran.
There are so many advantages once you are on board a multihull compared to a mono-hull.
Space and Privacy. With two hulls as opposed to one the sailors or guests have more privacy. Catamarans are much wider than mono-hulls thus allowing the common area to be all on one level, which is accommodated on the upper deck.
At Anchor. No rock and rolling. A catamaran is far more stable than a monohull at anchor, this makes sleeping and life much more comfortable. Furthermore due to much shallower drafts you can anchor much closer to beaches and other destinations more so than a monohull ever could.
General. The ride on a catamaran is far more stable than a monohull. This makes cooking easier. No cooking at an angle. Sailors and guests are less likely to get seasick. Walking on the catamaran is far easier than a monohull and therefore much safer to move around on the upper decks as well.
It is true, most catamarans experience “wave slap” under the bridge deck. Which can be very uncomfortable? The Tag 60 is designed with a 1.3 m bridge deck clearance reducing this factor drastically. Picture Phoenix and Quantum Leap.
The Tag 60 Apartment style living.The interior styling is one of simplicity, clean lines, light and space. A modern contemporary Italian apartment style is what comes to mind. By combining modern synthetic materials, Carbon and white and pink Beech wood finishes, with designer lighting and fittings the result is a warm but classic feeling.
The upper deck and living area comprises of a well layed out galley with panoramic views and good ventilation, which is designed with the cooking triangle in mind.
The galley serves directly onto a carbon bar counter with comfortable seating for 4. The galley is simply layed out but has all the conveniences from stainless steel finish double fridge/freezers, gas oven, stove, dishwasher and designer sinks, Washer/Dryer,Icemaker and combi microwave.
The saloon/lounge area which is towards the back of the yacht is enclosed unlike traditional designs. The large aft electrically controlled sash windows drop into the walls to connect to the outdoor cockpits. One can thus control the air flow and also have one side open and the other closed in breezy weather. The leather seating is ample for 8 -10 and the saloon table doubles as a dining table with variable height and also moves aft to ensure comfortable dining. LED lighting is task specific and dimmable.
The unique connection between the interior and exterior spaces allows each person their choice of space but everyone is still together.
3.Safety. It is true, catamarans, once overturned do not right themselves! This frightens many a sailor. READ ON AND SEE HOW THE TAG TEAM HAS SOLVED THIS ISSUE. Catamarans, in the past, unjustly have had a bad reputation. However this is fast changing. Modern day catamarans are very hard to capsize. However, once capsized the likely hood of her sinking is small. However a capsized monohull is more likely to sink. Therefore you need to ask the question. If your boat capsizes which “bad situation” would you prefer? The life raft or your over turned catamaran, whilst waiting to be rescued.
Comparing apples with apples catamarans are faster the monohulls and therefore, assuming accurate weather readings, the catamaran should out run most threatening weather.
Some UNIQUE SAFETY FEATURES have been designed into the TAG 60 As follows.
Auto Release – one can program different performance modes to suit the conditions and sailing or cruising style. The auto release automatically sounds an alarm and eases the main sheet, main traveler and self-tacking jib sheet to depower the yacht completely. The program has different settings predetermined by the owner. Typically we set the system at 60% of righting moment for night sailing ensuring the captain can sleep with confidence when off watch. 80% is the setting for fast safe cruising ensuring you get to your destination at a good pace in good conditions. 100% is set when the conditions are perfect with constant wind, comfortable sea states and you have competent crew who are up for high speed sailing and fun.
Max Heel Angle – The inclimeter reads the heel angle and does not let the yacht go above this by automatically easing or totally releasing the main, traveler and jib sheet. The max angle is also programmable by the user.
Rig Load Sensors – the rig load sensors read the load and if the maximum setting is exceeded once again an alarm is sounded and the sail controls are released.
Centerboards – Another safety feature is the hydraulically controlled centerboards which can be raised in heavy weather to once again allow a safer ride. Fixed keels cannot be adjusted and this makes a catamaran vulnerable in big beam seas where resistance to side slippage can be very dangerous.
Engineering – The hull and superstructure were engineered with a full FEA by Gurit – SP High Modulus and the custom carbon rotating rig by AES. The top engineering firms were contracted to ensure the TAG60 performs to its expectations. No short cuts have been taken.
Cockpits – The cockpit and aft deck have high bulwarks to create a safe and contained feeling. One does not experience that feeling of “I can slip and go under the guard rail” feeling. All the decks are also level and clear of ropes giving one the confidence to move around safely.
These are six safety features designed to ensure you have fun within the limits of your choice. There is no other sailing catamaran in this class that offers this level of safety and peace of mind with the performance on offer. Of course all the standard safety features that apply to an open ocean, class “A” sailing yacht designed to sail around the world are standard too.
So all in all we have designed and created an exciting true sailing catamaran with a lot of safety features that can be easily managed by two crew members.
4.Costs and Resale Value. Yes, it is true; generally speaking monohulls are cheaper to build hence purchase as well. You have one hull not two. Some operational cost are higher too. You require one mooring/booth, not two. There is undoubtedly a move towards multihulls. The demand is greater than supply underpinning the resale value of multihulls. Furthermore there is no reason to suggest this trend will change.