Catamaran yacht charters are becoming very popular in all over the world, and there are a lot of reasons to choose a multihull. To help you to understand the difference with a monohull I made a list of advantages and disadvantages of catamarans compared to monohulls, compiled by both avid cat and monohull sailors.
With catamarans vastly popular in the charter industry, and showing no sign of abating, let’s compare the pros and cons of monohull and catamaran strictly on the charter work point of view.
The reason why this distinction is important – and I write this as a monohull fanatic myself – is because for charter companies, catamarans are in huge demand due to the overwhelming number of advantages they offer.
The cockpit, highlight of catamarans, is usually huge, since it spans over both hulls.
The cockpit and the salon are on the same level, which enhances the feeling of light and spaciousness, along with the typical huge panoramic windows. The foredeck area is very large as well and sports a big pair of nets between the hulls, the notorious trampolines, which make a great sun bathing area. In any case, it is a great observation spot and a kids’ favorite.
As a result of this roominess, a catamaran rarely feels crowded, as it is relatively easy to get some seclusion and quietness from other members of the party.
Most cats are equipped with dinghy-davits at the transom, which is absolutely great: no more towing the dinghy, thus no more drag on the boat speed.
The catamaran will provide you with considerably more room than a monohull almost everywhere on the boat: in the cabins and in the salon. Besides, there is ample headroom everywhere. A typical 43/47 ft. cat will have 4 large staterooms, with rectangular queen-size beds – no more of those pointy beds! – each with en-suite bathroom. A 38 to 42ft. will have 3/4 staterooms and 2/3 bathrooms.
Most cats have an enormous salon/cockpit combination capable to entertain about 20 people in style!
Because of the cats’ layout configuration, there is full privacy in every cabin and one does not hear anything from one cabin to the other.
The key fact is that catamarans have a phenomenal stability: they do not heel under way and do not roll at anchor. This usually makes seasickness a non-event. Incidentally, it makes it somewhat safer for kids running around.
Whether at anchor or under way, a catamaran is always much more stable than a monohull. Stability is also a good factor for elderly people and/or first time sailors. As a matter of fact, a catamaran will give the latter an excellent impression for their first cruise, instead of memories of being seasick!
Speed & maneuverability
There is no question that catamarans are faster under power or sail. Whatever your cruising goals are, catamarans will usually move you about more quickly than a monohull.
Catamarans have shallow drafts. This means catamarans can get into places monohulls yachts often cannot reach, and that they can also anchor closer to shore.
However, more and more charter cats now have small “sacrificial” keels to improve close-hauled performance.
Lastly, I personally enjoy the phenomenal maneuverability of the cats. With 2 engines spread apart, you can pivot a cat of any size literally around the boat’s central axis – and without the help of the rudders. The autopilot works particularly well on cats, on a tracking standpoint.
We at Riviera Boat are happy to announce that we are developing a new line of pleasure catamarans.
The First one will be presented on 29 February in Dubai Boat Show 2018.
It will be our pleasure show you this boat and give you the opportunity to book a sea trial.
Only a few slot will be available for the trial in February. So don’t miss the occasion to book right now.