What would be better for cruising. I keep reading about how catamarans are so great because of speed and comfort. I also have been told that they are extremely safe, even in extreme storms. Is this true. What about monohauls, are they that much slower, I realize weight become less of issue with them but is the trade off worth it for cruising. What do you this of the Atlantic 57 vs the Oyster 655? Which one is better?
We started out in cats in the late 1950s, and for local cruising and day sailing would consider one. But for long term cruising they simply do not have the speed or security of the same funds invested in a monohull.
That said, if you go for a light performance multihull platform, it has to be kept light, and sailed hard to equal a performance monohull in ocean crossing average speed.
There is lots more on this subject in our Offshore Cruising Encyclopedia and Surviving the Storm. In the latter we interviewed a number of professional multihull sailors and their comments will surprise and enlighten.