CATAMARAN DESIGN EXPLAINED: How Hull Volume & Bow Shape Affect Performance & Safety. Episode 13

10.10.2020 - By The Boat Life Podcast

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In the third part of our series, we talk again to Antoine Richer, the Naval Architect at Seawind about how bow shape, hull volume and freeboard affect the performance, stability and even safety of your catamaran.

For anyone thinking of buying a catamaran, either new or used, this resource may just save you from buying a lemon.

00:00 Introduction: Welcome Antoine, Naval architect for Seawind Catamarans!
01:11 The importance of hull volume in catamaran performance
02:16 Market trends in catamaran design now & in the future
07:16 How important is helm feel in catamaran sailing?
09:40 Hull volume and how to reduce windage: sheerline, flybridges, aerodynamics
15:01 Reverse/dreadnaught bows: how bow shape affects performance
17:40 Pros and cons of reverse bows in catamaran design

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