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Reviewed Nov 2016
Motoring out from Martha’s Cove Port Phillip Bay was dishing up a mixed bag. We had a fluky westerly ranging from 12 to 18 knots so we got a bit of every thing. Anybody who has raced against them knows that catamarans fly when the wind is on the beam, but their downfall has always been their pointing ability.
I was interested to see on the 1250 pointed, particularly as it has skegs (and a 1.16 metre draft) rather than dagger boards.
Well, the short answer is it points surprisingly well. We started off on a reach with the breeze sixty degrees off our bow. We managed between 5.5 to 6.8 knots boat speed in a thirteen knot breeze. As we hardened up I expect our speed to drop, well, it didn’t. At thirty-five degrees off the wind we were doing a consistent 6.5 knots. Hmmm… not bad for a cat. I could point a degree or two below that, but beyond that my speed began to drop and she started to luff. Still, thirty-five degrees off the wind is pretty respectable pointing for a catamaran...