Performance Study of Daggerboards Versus Keels

Performance Study of Daggerboards Versus Keels

By: Phillip Berman, published with editor's permission from Boating NZ and Blue Water Sailing In my forty-five year career in the catamaran industry there’s been a relentless debate on the virtues and vices of daggerboards versus fixed keels. This debate has, however, mostly been waged without “hard numbers” from which to...

“It’s a Rental” A First Timer’s Guide to Bareboat Chartering in the Caribbean

Dreaming of chartering a boat in the Caribbean? Can you Imagine palmtree lined, white sand beaches kissed by azure blue waters and the sound of the surf lapping at the shore? There you are, standing on the bow, watching the anchor set in seven feet of crystal-clear water as a...

SAILDRIVES OR STRAIGHT SHAFTS? WHICH IS BEST FOR ME?

Many buyers who contact us these days develop some very strong personal preferences about a range of things: dagger boards versus keels, Yanmar versus Volvo, Flybridge versus Bulkhead Helms, etc. etc. Many buyers send us long "Must Have" lists. One of the "Must Have's" we are getting from some buyers...

DAGGERBOARDS VS KEELS

WHICH IS BEST FOR ME? Many people are confused about the pros and cons of daggerboards versus keels. As with everything, there are advantages and disadvantages. Here are my thoughts on the pros and cons of dagger-boards: PROS A daggerboarded cat will sail consistently higher into the wind than a cat...

CATAMARAN VS MONOHULL

WHICH IS BEST FOR YOU? I’ve long been fond of quoting the 16th century Scottish philosopher David Hume who wrote that “all advantages are attended with disadvantages.” For Hume the good life had nothing to do with the quest for perfection, but the effort to discover the wise compromise that...

CAN A CATAMARAN REALLY SAIL UPWIND?

Featured in Blue Water Sailing By now most monohull sailors have chartered a catamaran in the Caribbean or the Mediterranean and have come to appreciate the many virtues cats have to offer for cruising, including stable sailing with fewer seasick guests, faster off wind speeds, little or no rocking at...

EIGHT GREAT REASONS TO BUY A USED CATAMARAN

It should go without saying the primary reason for getting a used catamaran is that you cannot afford a new one, or one of the size and quality you need or ardently desire. Today a high quality catamaran 40 feet and above will cost $500,000 dollars or more. So the...

LATEST TRENDS IN CRUISE AND LEARN COURSES

A few things to consider before signing on the dotted line I help run an American Sailing Association affiliate sailing school in the Caribbean. My partner Chris Rundlett and I operate LTD Sailing—“Living the Dream!” We have found that we receive more requests for catamaran courses, both basic and advanced,...

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