a Catamaran or a Monohull?

You’ve decided on where in the world you’ll next be sailing in. The question now is whether to charter a catamaran or a monohull.

Most trips you take onboard a sailboat will be different. Why? because the party you are sailing with will change with each trip. This may be party size, dynamics or age.

Who are you travelling with?

Thinking about the trip you are making plans for. Are you travelling with your immediate family or with extended family or friends?

What ages are the people you are travelling with? Will there be young children or older adults? Are they all agile? Anyone get motion sickness or doesn’t like confined spaces?

Is everyone onboard a seasoned sailor or do you have some newbies onboard?

By considering your crew, it may be immediately clear that a catamaran charter will be best.

Why Catamarans?

A 40ft Catamaran has a much larger beam than it’s monohull counterpart. Space onboard can seem vast in comparison.

They are more stable, with less heel. This makes it easier and more comfortable to cook, sleep and move around the vessel.

They have two engines. I know we choose a sailing boat because we like to sail but the auxiliary engine has its uses. We have all experienced engine failure or a fouled propeller.  If one fails you still have another to get you to a safe harbour or out of danger.

Manoeuvrability in confined areas is exceptional. With two engines and the two propellers a good distance apart, it is easy to turn on a dime (or sixpence!).

More space equals more comfort. You will find larger water tanks. There may also be a generator, air conditioning etc.

Dinghy storage on the davits is simple and easy.

You can fit more people on a 40-foot catamaran than you can a 40-foot monohull. If travelling with friends, there is a degree of separation in sleeping quarters.

Plenty of storage space. Lots of room for extra beer, dive equipment and water toys.

They sail fast and furious off the wind.

Your galley cook will not be sweating below decks. He/She will be on the same level as the outside seating, so not feeling left out.

Why not Catamarans?

They cost more for berthing. Expect to pay 1.5 x least what you would for an equal mono-hull. This will affect your pocket more in the Mediterranean than in the Caribbean where you’ll probably be on a Mooring Buoy.

They do not sail well upwind.  You will have to come further off the wind to get these beasts moving. But in my experience, a 40-foot cruising cat will go faster than a 40-foot cruising monohull. Even though it will have to put in more tacks and sail further off the wind, it will still get there quicker.

Wind effect. With two powerful engines, they are easy to dock. In a strong gust, they do not have as much grip in the water. With their high freeboard and large coach area, they do react to the wind and can slide sideways.

Chartering a Catamaran for the first time is a great way to introduce non-sailers to sailing. Whichever vessel you charter, the team at Enaviga know that you will have a fantastic time aboard.

Click here to see all of the Catamaran’s available to charter through Enaviga. If you have decided that a Monohull is the boat for you, then click here to see all the Monohull’s available

 

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