Multihull Seamanship

An A-Z of skills for catamarans & trimarans / cruising & racing

Gavin Le Sueur

An A-Z of seamanship skills needed to understand and enjoy catamarans and trimarans to their utmost. Racing and cruising yachts are catered for, as are trailer-able multihulls. Derived from the author's own extensive experience, built on through others sharing their knowledge and illustrated with delightful line drawings.
Date Published :
April 2018
Publisher :
Fernhurst Books
Contributor(s) :
Nigel Allison
Series :
Skipper's Library
Illustration :
166 Line drawings, black and white; 2 Halftones, color
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781912177080
Pages : 148
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6.75 inches
Stock Status : In stock


This is an A-Z of seamanship skills for multihull sailors. There are many textbooks on the market which detail general seamanship principles. This is not one of them. Multihull Seamanship is about sea-going catamarans and trimarans and the skills needed to understand and enjoy them to their utmost. Both racing and cruising yachts are catered for, as are trailer-able multihulls. Seamanship is not a black and white skill. It is an evolution of knowledge; a building of information through experiment, thought and experience. There is no definitive word on an evolving skill. Multihull Seamanship started as Dr Gavin Le Sueur's personal index of ‘how-to’s. It has grown through experience and others sharing their knowledge. It should be on the book shelf of every catamaran and trimaran. This book is for people who are already multihull sailors, or for those who are contemplating multihull sailing. It has served this community for over 20 years and this second edition is fully updated. It is illustrated with delightful line drawings by Nigel Allison.

About The Author

Gavin Le Sueur built his first multihull, a 16 ft Mosquito catamaran, while at high school. After graduating from Melbourne University in Medicine, he purchased and moved aboard a 35 ft Hedley Nicol ‘Wanderer’ trimaran. To learn as much as possible about multihull sailing he decided to compete in the two-handed bicentennial Around Australia Yacht Race with his future wife. For this adventure they obtained the then fastest offshore racing catamaran in Australia – a 37 ft Crowther Super Shockwave named D Flawless which they raced in many Southern Ocean races. In one of these they sailed through the eye of a cyclone and completed the race only to be struck by a whale when sailing back home and forced to abandon ship. They were lent another catamaran for the gruelling around Australia race which they completed, getting engaged on the finish line. Since then they have owned 5 different catamarans in which they have cruised and raced in Australia and explored the Pacific and south east Asia.

Nigel Allison is an illustrator, musician and artist who has maintained a lifelong passion for the ocean. A keen sailor, windsurfer, kitesurfer and sailor, Nigel’s background and enthusiastic approach to his art has given the world of multihulls a new dimension.


Acknowledgements. Foreword. Author Dr Gavin Le Sueur. Illustrator Nigel Allison. Anchoring. Apparent Wind. Battens. Beaching. Bridles. Capsize Prevention. Capsize Preparation. Capsize Survival Tactics. Cargo. Centreboards. Children. Collision. Crew & Passengers. Cyclones. Dinghy. Dismasting. Electricity. Fire & Gas. Flares & Torches. Foiling. Gusty Conditions. In Irons. Jetty Work. Liferafts. Lightning. Man Overboard. Masts. Motors. Racing Seamanship. Radar & Radar Reflectors. Rigging & Ropes. Righting. Roller Furling. Sails. Seaweed & Fish Nets. Self-Steering & Autopilots. Sheet Systems. Sinking. Slipping. Spinnakers. Steering & Rudders. Storm Sailing. Stress Measurement & Beam Failure. Tacking & Gybing. Targa Bar & Davits. Telltales. Towing. Trailering. Trampolines & Safety Nets. Transfers. Whales. Glossary of Multihull Terms. Index. Notes & Ideas.


“A ‘must read’ for anyone with multihull ambitions.”

- Modern Boating

“Practical… valuable reading for novices as well as those who have been around the scene and want to improve their skills.”

- Cruising Helmsman

“Could literally be life saving. Anyone preparing to build, buy or just sail a multihull would be advised to read this book.”

- Multihull World

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