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Trailerability-- Large multihulls cannot be shipped over road, due to their wide beam. Only some of smaller, folding designs will allow trailering.
Haulouts also can be more complicated for multihulls. There are yards that have travelifts wide enough for them, or cranes to lift them, or railways to pull them out of water on tracks, but these yards are fewer and farther between than those that can't handle extra wide beam.
Conclusions -- It seems that outside of a couple of minor inconveniences, a multihull is only boat that makes any sense. If this is case, why doesn't everyone have one? There are a couple of reasons. One is unfortunate reputation they earned early on in their evolution. The other is expense involved in achieving ownership of a quality cat or tri. These boats are expensive to build, whether as one offs or as production models. With a trimaran, 3 hulls (amas) and crossarms (akas) to connect them all together are needed. For production this requires expensive tooling up for a company to invest in even before they ever get a boat on line. There are also a lot more materials needed to build two or three hulls than are needed for one finished hull of a keel boat.
Other than a production model buyer has option of having one custom built by a reputable yard or of building it himself. Neither of these options is cheap, fast, or easy.
There are used multihulls on market, and there are a lot of good ones out there. There are also a lot of not so good ones. It's critical to hire an experienced multihull surveyor to be assured that boat was built and maintained properly and is sound.
Linda Cullum is from Cape Cod, MA, with a second home in Vermont. She is the author of Learn to Sail! with Multimedia! an Interactive Sailing training CDROM which teaches all aspects of Sailing incliding Knots, Piloting, Rules of the Road, Weather with digital video from Sail Magazine, narration, animation and quizzes. Visit her site at http://learntosail.net Wishing you the best in your sailing endeavors!