Claims against catamarans debunked
Hardly any berths in Baltic Sea harbours
A harbour that isn’t wide enough to accommodate a catamaran isn’t deep enough to berth a comparable mono.
If there’s space for monos lying alongside, then there’s space for a catamaran.
Should there really not be enough space, you can drop anchor close to the shore, thanks to the catamaran’s shallow draught. The dingy can be launched in a jiffy ;)
can't sail close to the wind
False. Catamarans are faster, which is why the apparent wind has a tendency to blow more from ahead for the same true wind.
Monos with optimum beating characteristics can indeed sail closer to the wind. Despite this, catamarans display a higher speed to target.
In practice, however, this issue is irrelevant as no one would sail against the wind and waves by choice – this is no fun on a cat or a mono.
A catamaran is difficult to tack
This is only half true. It takes a bit of practice – and a challenge is sometimes no bad thing…
The gybes are much easier to handle than on a mono – especially in strong winds.
A catamaran can capsize
True – but so can a mono. Catamarans stay afloat and act like very large life rafts – see “safety” and “unsinkable”.