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Catamaran Charter

Catamaran Charter

More Space, Exceeding Comfort and Soothing Stability for Your Sailing Holiday
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Catamarans are becoming more and more popular on bareboat charter holidays as they provide a lot of comfort and space. Especially if you spend the charter vacation with a larger group you may enjoy the extended deck space and large communal areas, the bright saloon, more stowage possibilities and comfortable cabins. Because multihulls are bigger, it goes without saying that they are also more expensive than monohulls of the same length.

Another advantage catamarans have to offer is more stability – at anchor you will appreciate their steadiness. They are easy to navigate and very well suited for beginners. On a catamaran you can get closer to the shore and stay at anchor nearer to the beach. They have a shallow draught which makes it easier to explore islands and inlets from close up.

About 98% of all catamarans are sailboats but there are some motor yachts in the form of catamarans.
 

What is steadier – the sailboat or the multihull?

Stability-wise the catamaran is steadier at anchor due to its two hulls. When underway, a sailboat leans into the wind and it can get a bit tricky to do things like cooking etc. on longer passages.

Catamarans have a shallower draught and so you can move and anchor closer to beaches and deeper in protected bays. This leads to those two-hulled boats providing more stability at anchor. It would also be possible on most catamarans to `dry out´ and run aground if need be or at low tide.
 

Is cruising faster on a catamaran or on a sailing yacht with one hull?

Without the heavy lead keel catamarans are much lighter than their one-hulled relatives, so they generally sail faster unless they are loaded quite heavily. This sometimes occurs due to the extended stowage space and large water tanks. Catamarans have a problem going upwind, so in this case they need to use motor power earlier than monohulls while tacking against the wind. With much larger surface areas they constitute a bigger obstacle in the wind. Cats are great for sailing leeward and can go up to 10 knots when sailing with the waves.
 

Which one is easier to navigate – mono or multihull?

Even though catamarans provide so much more space than sailing yachts they can easily be managed by a single couple. The only thing is that the distances between winches and equipment are larger due to the two decks.

A huge asset of a catamaran is the two motors with which you can turn the boat 360° on the spot. This makes manoeuvers in tight spaces very easy.
 

How safe is sailing with a catamaran?

Generally you cannot say that sailing with a catamaran is safer than with a sailboat in relation to weather hazards. But due to the extended space it is a little bit safer or easier for a larger group of people to move around on deck. Children can be kept closer to the inside of the boat, too.

On the whole multihulls provide a lot of steadiness. With their two motors plus generator they can also carry on easily in case of an engine loss.

Parking with a catamaran is less likely to cause problems or accidents compared to a monohull because with the two motors they are able to turn on their own axis and can be manoeuvred very precisely and predictably.
 

How is the interior different on a catamaran and on a sailboat?

The salon on a catamaran is usually located at the same level as the cockpit. It is more spacious than on a sailboat and offers very bright 360° views. Catamarans generally provide more space and more stowage possibilities. The cabins tend to be more comfortable and identical than on a monohull. Ideally, a catamaran has four cabins of the same size, each with an en-suite bathroom. Because they are located in two separate hulls, this leads to more privacy than on a sailboat. You can put up different groups in each hull – for instance parents in one and kids in the other, or you can split the two hulls between individual couples. Also you might find cooking easier in a catamaran galley as those boats are steadier.
 

What are the prices of a catamaran vs. monohull?

Generally you can say that not only it is costlier to hire a catamaran but that the berths will be more expensive too. Depending on where you are, marinas charge a surplus for the wider space needed on a multihull. Yet while mooring fees may be expensive with a catamaran, due to its stability and shallow draught you have much more possibilities to anchor than on a sailboat.
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