I am looking to buy my first yacht early next year and am doing some reseach to that end. I want to do some ocean sailing in her with my wife, accross biscay through the med and perhaps beyond. One thing that concerns me greatly is the danger of hiting objects such as containers and other floating hazards. Something that seems to have come accross in my research is that a steel hull is much stronger than a GRP but wouldn't it sink like a stone if it actually was pierced and also they seem to be fairly few and far between for someone on a moderate budget. One solution seems to be to get a relatively small yacht say 27 to 32 foot in GRP, either an 'unsinkable' or one that could be converted to such with various bouyancy tanks, and then carry repair equipement onboard and subaqua equipement of which I've some skill in useing; the other solution that occured to me was to buy a multihull, which is unlikely to be holed on all hulls simultaneously and which doesn't carry the type of weight ballast that a monohull does, and again the repair equipement. Here though I've found a strange situation where multihulls despite thier obvious speed advantage don't seem to be anywhere near as popular and talked about as monohulls, why is this. Also something that bothers me about multihulls main catamarans really is if they are capsized in a storm, is this likely, and is there anyway of righting them on your own, ie. what are the advantages and disadvantages of mutihulls for a beginning sailor or anyone else for that matter!