Specific Cruising catamaran training
Catamaran Twin engine manoeuvring
Twin engine control (electric or diesel), advice on different drives (eg, hydraulic or sonic legs and Outboards). Props ahead or astern? of the rudders. Weird hu?
We need a completely different approach when parking these beasts. Lots of beam and lots of windage, but a prop in two corners helps a lot once you know what to do. If we loose one engine?. Tricky but there are techniques.
With Top Cat you will do as many different manoeuvring Scenarios as I can think of including fast tidal stream work. Oh, you’re at the helm of course.
Catamaran sail manoeuvres
When to reef? Cats don’t heel so how do we know? How to reef which can be tricky with the boom above the Bimini.
Multihull stability. Handling in strong winds. How to get the best out of different Catamaran Sail plans and rigs. eg Twin Headsails, Bow sprits, code zero’s and screechers.
Strong wind technique
How to handle Catamarans in bad conditions, eg, Reefing and headsail changing of course, but Hove to, Streaming warps/Parachute anchors, lying a hull, etc.
How to stay the right way up! and what if we get it wrong?
“Safely” doing things wrong is the best way of learning to do things right!
Anchoring and mooring techniques
Considerably different with two
hulls. Eg, Beaching with fore and aft anchors. Bridles and anchor angels ( weights to give more catanery)
Lots of cat charters in warm waters so med mooring techniques.
Lots of advice on types of cruising catamarans and their
pros and cons. Everything you need for blue water cruising from info on chart systems to watermakers. We don’t sell boats and will tell you the good and the bad of the multihull.
Read here for a feel for what we do, or in some cases what we show you not to do!
Yes there is a lot to cruising catamaran training!