Reynolds 21 Catamaran
by Cap JP
This is my first boat to own. I've sailed on other monohulls and raced on them and also sailed on trimarans which has turned me away from monohull sailing!
The R21 is about 700lbs heavier then a Hobie 16! It is 12.3ft wide and lots of places to sit with opene areas and is not cramped.
When the wind hits 10 knots and above she is a machine, a blast to sail! She will give you a scare and a tickle of laughs! Once the hull starts coming out of the water you know you are screaming across the water!
She will pass just about anything on the water in high winds, in light air she moves very well and still can pass other boats. Having a boat that in the same wind as others will sail 3 times faster in the same winds.
The nice thing is she is beach-able and really easy to sail, and she can be sailed by one person. She allows 4 people to sleep if needed. Mostly like camping but not having to sleep on the ground!
As long as you are an active person this is a physical boat but not a lot of work to do either.
I sail at a lake that is 45 minutes from home, makes it easy to go every weekend. For the most part everyone sails for the day and goes home, so why not have a boat that can sail around the whole lake in one day rather then having a boat that normally can only go to one end of the lake and back by the time the sun's down!
Sailboat Cruising adds:~
You're right Capt JP, the R21 is a highly regarded catamaran. It was designed by Randy Reynolds back in 1978 when he was just 22 years old!
Apparently, a R21 was clocked at 12 knots in 15 knots of wind at the PMA Worlds in 1978. Pretty good for a 21ft cat with sleeping accommodations for 4 adults.
They're seaworthy little boats too. Many R21 owners have sailed hundreds of miles down the coast of Southern California and deep into Baja.