Catamarans are becoming more and more popular on bareboat charter holidays as they provide a lot of comfort and space. Especially for groups of friends and families, a catamaran offers lots of advantages. You may enjoy the extended deck space and large communal areas, the bright salon, more stowage possibilities and comfortable cabins. Multihulls also provide more stability on the water because they bounce less. A crewed catamaran rental already provides a luxury charter ambience for a reasonable budget. Catamaran rentals are not only popular in the Bristish Virgin Islands (BVI). Actually Greece and Croatia are the world's most wanted sailing destinations for catamaran charters. We have compiled crucial information for this type of yacht rentals.
Where I can rent a catamaran for my sailing vacation?
From North to South you can rent catamaran yachts all along the Croatian Coast. To explore the Kvarner Bay at the south edge of Istria you charter best from Pula. The Archipelago of the Kornati Islands you can reach with a hired catamaran from Zadar, Sukosan, Biograd, Sibenik, Rogoznica or Primosten. Among sailors, catamaran rentals in Croatia are very popular. The number of multihull boats in Croatian yacht charter fleets reach now more than 25%.
To sail with a catamaran into the South Dalmatian Islands, like Hvar, Brac, Vis or Korcula charter best from Trogir, Marina Kastela or Split. Another access to this wonderful world of islands is from Dubrovnik sailing up North.
When chartering a catamaran in Greece you can chose between three different sailing areas: In the Ionian Islands, you will find charter companies with bases in Marina Gouvia on Corfu. In Corfu are about 30 catamarans available for your boating vacation to select from. Further charter fleets offer multihull charters from Preveza at the main coast and Lefkas Island. The biggest selection of sailboat catamarans are available from Marina Alimos in Kalamaki near Athens. From the Marina Alimos in Kalamaki you can rent around 100 catamarans to start your sailing holiday into the Cyclades Islands. For exploring the Cyclades with a catamaran, you can also rent from the harbor town of Lavrion. Charter providers in Lavrion provide around 30 catamarans for rental. More south in the Aegean Sea you will find catamaran rentals from Kos and Rhodes. Fewer offers for catamaran sailingboats exist from Skiathos or Volos to sail into the Sporades. Make sure you book early enough.
Catamaran charter in Italy gets more popular as you go down south. You can already charter some sailboat catamarans from the Tuscany harbours of San Vincenzo, Piombino (Marina Salivoli) and Follonica (Marina di Scarlino). From those ports you have direct access to the 7 Island of the Tuscan Archipelago like Isola d'Elba, Giglio and Giannutri.
Many Italian charter bases for catamaran rental are on the island Sardinia. You will find more than two dozen catamarans for rental on Sardinia. At the stunning Emerald Coast you can hire catamarans for your holiday with or without skipper. Just search available offers from Portisco, Olbia, Cannigione and other charter bases.
In the Gulf of Naples and the Amalfi Coast there are catamaran rentals from Nettuno, which provides great escapes to the Pontinian Islands Ponza and Ventotenne. Around Naples there are charter bases with multihull sailboats from the island Procida, and Castellamare di Stabia near Naples. In the Gulf of Salerno check charter bases in Salerno and Tropea for hiring your catamaran trip. Just book your sailboat from the Gulf of Naples or Salerno if you desire a catamaran trip to Capri or Ischia.
In the South of Italy you can chose among 50 catamarans from Sicilian ports. Just check the offers available from Capo d'Orlando, Portorosa, Palermo and Marsala. From these ports you can start your catamaran rental vacation into the Aeolian Islands, like Panarea, Stromboli and Vulcano. Also in the very western point of Sicily, there are multihulls to charter from Trapani.
The major departure port for a catamaran rental on the Balearics is definitely the port of Palma de Mallorca. Palma is the home base of more than 30 charter fleets, which offer all together around 40 cats. Besides you can rent a multihull sailboat also from the ports in Ca'n Pastilla, El Arenal or Portocolom.
More than 15 sailboat catamarans can be chartered from San Antonio and Eivissa on the Island Ibiza. If you like to sail on a catamaran to Menorca or Formentera, better search for charters from Palma de Mallorca and sail to these neighboring Islands.
In the South of Turkey, you can charter sailboat catamarans from 3 major ports. The biggest choice of cats you will find starting your catamaran cruise in Marmaris. Around 15 catamarans can be rented from the Marinas of Marmaris. Further opportunities for hiring a multihull with or without skipper exist from Bodrum and Fethiye.
If there is one sailing destination in the world that fits best for a catamaran charter, this is the Seychelles Archipelago! Because there are few marinas on the Seychelles, you will mostly moore in natural bays. Therefore you will have anyway enough space for a big catamaran and you will not be limited by tight marina berths. Besides a multihull is ideal for approaching as close as possible to the islands because a cat's draft is low.
Most of the islands on the Seychelles do not provide infrastructure for visiting yacht charter crews like showers or toilets. Therefore, arriving with a catamaran that offers spacious cabins and en-suite bathrooms, is a great advantage. You can compare around 30 catamarans that can be rented from the port Mahe. You can hire them as bareboats or with skipper and hostess. In addition, diving experiences are supported by local diving schools. Those also provide scuba equipment and local guides that can assist you on your cruise.
The Antilles of the Caribbean offer plenty of escapes for a sailing vacation on a catamaran. In the northern Caribbean, the British Virgin Islands (BVI's) provide amazing bays and beaches to spend your sailing holiday. The main charter base is there the port of Tortola. On Cuba there are bareboat and crewed catamaran charters available from Cienfuegos.
You can book catamaran sailboats from Anse Marcel on Saint Martin. In the Windward Islands, the harbours of the Islands Martinique and Guadeloupe host Lagoon Catamarans for your next Caribbean Boat Rental Experience.
What are the prices for renting a catamaran?
Generally, charter prices for a catamaran are around 30 - 50% higher than for a monohull rental. In the Mediterranean, you can rent a classic 38 feet catamaran from 2,000 EUR per week
in low season. A fifty feet crewed catamaran that provides up to 10 berths will costs you more than 10,000 EUR per week during the high season months. For this budget, you receive a lot of space and comfort
for your charter cruise. Alone the cabins of a catamaran will appear to you like a little apartment if you are used to monohull cabin dimensions. New catamarans have usually a separate bathroom for each cabin
. Depending on where you are, marinas charge a surplus for the wider space needed on a multihull. Yet while mooring fees of marinas may be expensive with a broad catamaran. Nevertheless, due to its stability and shallow draft you have much more opportunities to anchor at night outside the harbours. If you opt for a crewed catamaran charter, there will be around 150 - 200 € per day to add for the skipper.
Which are the most popular catamaran brands?
Since years, catamaran rentals enjoy a growing popularity. The share of catamaran bookings reach meanwhile more than one quarter of all charter reservations. Most of the catamarans in yacht rentals are sailboats. Opposite, so called "Power-Cats" do not have a sailing rig, but are provided with 2 powerful engines. Popular catamaran brands are Lagoon, Fountaine Pajot, Nautitech, the brand Privilege from Alliaura Marine and Bali from Catana.
Why is a catamaran more stable than a normal sailboat?
Definitely, a catamaran is more stable than a monohull sailboat
with keel. It almost does not heel under sails. When underway, a monohull sailboat leans into the wind and it can get a bit tricky to do things like walking, cooking etc.
Catamarans have a shallower draft
because they do not have a keel. Therefore, you can move and anchor closer to beaches and deeper in protected bays. It would also be possible on most catamarans to `dry out´ and run aground if need be or at low tide. Furthermore, catamaran boats providing more stability at anchor because they do not bounce that much when there is a swell. You can even reduce the horizontal movements of the catamaran hull by setting an Anchor Bridle.
What sails faster, a catamaran or a monohull sailing yacht?
Without the heavy lead keel, catamarans are much lighter
than monohull sailing yachts. Thank to this property, multihulls 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!
They need to use the engine earlier while a keel yacht still can tack against the wind. With much larger hull body in relation to sail area, catamarans have less forward driving force. The lack of a keel is another issue that leads to more lateral drift on high wind courses. Nevertheless, cats are great for sailing Medium Reach to Downwind courses
and can speed up to more than 10 knots when surfing down the waves.
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What is easier to manoeuvre – a catamaran or a monohull boat?
Even though catamarans have more deck space
than monohull sailing yachts they can easily be managed by a single couple. The only thing is that the distances between winches and mooring lines are longer due to the two hulls.
A huge asset of a multihull is the two separate engines, which allows you to turn a catamaran 360° on the spot
. This makes manoeuvers in tight spaces very easy. Therefore berthing in marinas is often less challenging as with a monohull sailboat. Nevertheless, you should be aware that some catamarans are lacking the complete overview over the boat when standing at the rudder. Make yourself comfortable if you are the first time skipper on a multihull. This could be also resolved by hiring an experienced skipper for the first day.
How safe is sailing with a catamaran?
Generally, you cannot say that cruising with a catamaran is safer than with a sailboat in relation to weather hazards. However, due to the extended space and horizontal decks
it is a little bit safer or easier for a larger group of people
to move around. When the sea gets rough, children can be kept inside the boat, in the salon, without giving them the feeling to be locked down in the "cellar".
Overall multihulls provide a lot of steadiness for your charter holiday. With their two engines, catamarans can also carry on in case of an engine problem or a rope in one of the propellers.
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Once used to steer a catamaran, the mooring with a catamaran is less likely to cause problems compared to a monohull sailboat. Thanks to the two engines, multihull boats are able to turn on their own axis and manoeuvre very precisely and predictably. This is a big surplus for a stressfree boat rental holiday.
Which are the accommodation benefits of catamarans?
The salon on a catamaran is usually located at the same level as the cockpit. The salon of a catamaran 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. In addition, you might find cooking easier in a catamaran galley, as those boats are steadier.
You can rent a catamaran
from almost all charter ports in Croatia, Greece and Italy. For the European winter, it is especially tempting to hire a boat in the the tropical charter destinations. Those are the Seychelles, the Virgin Islands & Cuba in the Caribbean Sea or Polynesia in the Pacific. Rental catamarans over 49 feet length mostly are offered as crewed charters with skipper and or hostess. With our YachtFinder you can compare charter offers for catamarans
and book them online. Also check the YachtBooker Specials Listing for discounted catamaran offers