Fancy the thought of cruising around the world upright on two hulls, but don’t know much about catamarans? This book is for you. Longtime multihull broker and dealer Gregor Tarjan lives and breathes cats, and his decades of experience are shared with readers through the pages of this, the third revision of a book that first appeared in 2008.
Being something of a multihull evangelist, Tarjan begins by enumerating the various advantages of two hulls over one, then gets into the nitty-gritty of design characteristics and what sets the various types of catamaran apart from one another. Construction techniques, design quirks, seaworthiness and much more are covered, along with sailing tips and techniques for everything from light-air sailing to ocean storms.
A section at the back of the book details a number of contemporary designs for comparative purposes, a great aid to research for those contemplating a switch to two hulls. — Peter Nielsen