The design of the individual boats has a lot to do with it, but with that said, each has its pros and cons. In 6's I'd want to be in the big cat. In 10's the vee. As long as the cat can get on top of it and stay in control, the cat will have the advantage. Beyond that, I'd rather be in the vee hull. In really big water a cat cant stay on top and maintain control, once this happens the chisel design of the vee has a distinct advantage.47 V and a 46 cat, as the seas get bigger, 6 ft, 7, 8,...10 and up, to the point of being unsafe at high speed, which hull has to start slowing down first? Cat or V
Kev, very rarely do we see conditions that big in our area. You have to get outside the Sound to see those conditions. I've seen really big water coming through Plum Gut and out towards BI, but that's far from a typical representation of the conditions we normally see in the Sound. In the summer, the Sound rarely gets much bigger than 3's, and 1-2 footers is the norm during the warmer months. While I also enjoy these debates, the reality is we very rarely need a real big water machine where we normally boat. If we do see really big water here, how often and are we likely to be in it? Your 40 is PLENTY for just about any day of the summer in the inside LI Sound, and more than enough for the average trip to BI.
Call me a puss, but honestly if the water is anything close to real 10's, I have no desire to be out in it!