Multihulls

31.10.2005
Well, in my initial thoughts I considered that proper motorsailers should be only monohulled, mainly influenced by my personal tastes and some multihulls disadvantages related with capsizing, low carrying capacity, higher initial price and expensive marina fees. But, on the other hand, I think I have to recognize some useful advantages to the multihull concept for a cruiser, as the ability of reaching considerable speeds with modest powers, be them from sails or engines, less tendence to parametric rolling, as well as a bigger ability of shallow waters sailing. So let's not close our minds and contemplate also the modern concept of multihull cruisers  and find out if we can classificate some (or all!) of them as motorsailers.

First we may read the comprehensive pages of Brian Eiland about motorsailers and his most interesting concept of an expedition catamaran with a mast-aft sailing rig. You'll find it at: http://www.runningtideyachts.com/motorsailing/

Also Brian opened a discussion thread at Boatdesign Forums on these matters: Monohull versus Multihull powersailers/motorsailers You should pay a visit there and navigate through the dozens of interesting comentaries and opinions other people have posted there.

You may also visit the very interesting Multihull Comparisons, where you'll find data for hundreds of multihulls.

Let's now navigate the web and search for multihull motorsailers. I face a first problem when trying to determine if a particular boat is just a sailing one with auxiliary engine(s), a cruiser or a motorsailer in its own, as I have little experience with multihulls. Probably cruising multihulls are almost all of them motorsailers. Is there a boundary? Let's try to find out some guide lines.

First of all, we'll eliminate all cats & tris with no engine or with small outboards, as well as those conceived just for racing.....


MULTIHULL CRUISERS (MOTORSAILERS?) UNDER 70'
Scroll down for entrances.

Some images down here link to owners associations, or other pages from designers, builders or single owner's pages, where you can find more info about the particular motorsailer or its series. If you have info about a missing type or particular boat, I will be most grateful if you send it to me. I will open specific pages with gathered info for those motorsailers which's data cannot be found through internet. Photographs may be sent to me by e-mail, in JPG format, please.

Send your (or a known to you) boat's data.

Use the Form or write to:   g.gefaell<at>mundo-r<dot>com    (Substitute <at> by "@" and <dot> by ".")

Note: We use loaded displacement for calculations, as well as
asume Lwl being equal to LOA in those cases the Lwl is not specified.


IMPORTANT!: Images over names in BOLD, link to designers/builders/info pages. Click on them.

65' DYNARIG MS (*)
Label:  VL 22/36
Designer: Brian Eiland


Out of range, but a most interesting concept


Rob Humphrey's
new trimaran
with kite propulsion


KURT HUGHES 46' MS (*)




SHUTTLEWORTH 52 AERORIG
Label: VL 29/47

LAGOON 440
Label: L 21/16

BAHIA 46
Label: L 21/18
PROUT 38
Label: M 15/12

FLICA 34
Label: L 19/19


FARRIER 41
Label: L 23/18

BRAZAPI 410
Label: "A" VL 28/14
GOLD COAST 54 (*)
Label: VL 18/105

GEMINI 105 M
Label: L 20/17
NAUTITECH 40
Label: "A" L 23/21
PRIVILEGE 395
Label: "A" L 19/20

SUNREEF 60
Label:  L 19/16


ATLANTIC 42
Label: VL 27/15

DRAGONFLY 1200
Label: L 26/21
ENDEAVOUR CAT 44
Label: L 22/32
HARTLEY 381
Label: L 19/15
COSMOS 1320
Label: L 25/12 (**)
CROWDER 45 MS (*)
Label: VL 22/88
VICTORY 35
Label: L 20/25
SEAWIND 1160
Label: L 22/25 (**)
HEAVENLY TWINS
MOTORSAILING CAT (*)
Label: ?
INSPIRATION 1050
Label: L 19/18
GUNBOAT 62
Label: VL 27/18
CATFISHER 28 & 32

(*): Boats specifically classified as motorsailers by their designers/builders
(**) Some relevant data missing in available info.