As noted in a different post/topic here on this forum, Doug Lord seems to insist we all need to become more involved in numerical data in order to determine the best multihull to purchase, for a given, expected, performance.
The BAOW Performance Number (rating from 0 to 10) can provide a quick, effective and easy to understand guide number for determining which boat should be selected for your immediate, pending multihull purchase.
With a significant amount of data to back up my research, I find the following, current, BAOW Performance Numbers:
My F-48 (Water Resist design) is a 4
My MultiONE is a 7.
Peter’s (Birch) Mini40 multihull, is a 10.
Jack Ronda in Washington has a MultiONE that is also rated as a 10
Based on available information Matthew Lingly’s rates a 9 - possibly a 10
A significant number of French multihulls rate a 10
Bill Hojnacki has a NIGHTMARE that rates a 10
Unfortunately, I don’t have data on <u>ANY</u> Microsail F-48 or MultiONE products, but I am guessing they would rate from a 2 or 3 to a 7 (maybe an 8.5) but until I know that data it is strictly speculative at this time. Once I can obtain confirmation of data, I can update the ratings.
These BAOW Performance Numbers give a good indication of what can be expected - and in any wind strengths for a variety of designs. Unfortunately, it doesn’t take into account sail area, since that can be varied at the skipper’s choice, but that doesn’t play an important role in the rating of these various designs.
Those looking for that magic formula when purchasing a multihull might want to give this rating system a consideration. A <font color=“red”>“0” </font id=“red”>rating is a boat I would never recommend for consideration. A <font color=“orange”>“5” </font id=“orange”>is a design to perhaps watch and consider. Any boat noted above rated at <font color=“green”>9 or 10 </font id=“green”>is a suggested as a “best buy” for optimal, immediate performance on the water.