Originally Posted by Robert Harik
Can a multi hull point as high as a mono hull.
There's the question of can it, and then there's the question of should it point with a monohull. And what your basis of comparison is.
A modern racer-cruiser multihull can point as high as a modern racer-cruiser monohull. I routinely pass larger monohulls to windward in my F-24 trimaran, and I've crewed on trimarans in races that had no problem staying with the hottest monohull classes. So on the basis of what most of us race, the answer is, "Yes."
I don't know of any multihulls that sail to as high an angle as an America's Cup yacht. So on that basis, the answer is "No."
But that begs the question of whether or a multihull would wish to point with an AC boat. The multihull will do far better to foot off at the angle for its best Velocity Made Good (Vmg). I suspect an Open 60 multihull will have as good or better Vmg than an AC yacht. Such a yacht would not point with the AC boat, but would beat it to the windward mark. Does that make a "Yes," or a "No?"
Probably the most celebrated comparison of mono vs multihull windward performance was the 1988 America's Cup, with Dennis Connor's catamaran easily besting to windward a monohull twice its size. On that basis, the answer is definitely, "Yes."