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This sailboat debate may seem trivial to many of you: How do I choose between a Monohull vs catamaran? Which one to pick? Which one is faster, safer, more comfortable?
You want the best compromise when choosing your yacht for your cruising project. You may want to ask yourself:
Is a sailing boat right for me?
What is the best boat for my needs and budget?
Which boat offers me the most value for my money?
Let’s compare monohulls and multihulls of equivalent size. It is true that during the last decade, there has been a great craze for catamarans, nevertheless, the sailing yachts remain nevertheless of great charm and finesse in their lines.
To accompany you in this choice, a small overview of the advantages and disadvantages of each type of boat, according to various criteria.
Speed under sail
Unlike a monohull, a catamaran consists of two shells, linked with a frame and unlike a monohull, it does not have the lead keel, therefore it is generally faster than a similar-sized monohull, especially off the wind. Most of the catamarans on the market are designs for trade wade sailing, therefore, they sail very poorly. On the other hand, under light wind, most catamarans will often be slower than similar-sized monohull due to wetted surface drag.
Some shipyards are known to build high-performance luxury catamarans such as Gunboat, the innovative trimarans from Neel, the powerful Outremer catamarans, or the centerboard type of catamarans from Catana group.
Catamarans do not roll from one wave to the other as a monohull, they rarely tilt more than 5 degrees, so the navigation is less tiring, and guests can eat, sleep and live on the catamaran more comfortably than on a monohull with fewer opportunities to catch the seasick. Walking on the deck of a catamaran is easier because the boat is flat.
On a monohull, from the early puffs, the boat starts to heel naturally and for many boaters and sailors is one of the charms and pleasures of sailing.
Hauling & moorings
Most catamarans have a draft of about 1 meter, allowing anchoring near the coast. This will be possible only with a centerboard keel in large monohulls such as luxury sailing Vitters Sharlou. If you wish to anchor in the lagoons of the Caribbean near the beaches, a catamaran will be more suitable.
Concerning mooring in a marina, because of their two hulls, catamarans are wider than monohulls, which increases the costs of dockage if they can find a place there! Large multihull Motoryacht such as Sunreef supreme Mayrilou, will be limited in the choice of marina dockage during high season. This beaminess also limits the choice of shipyard services for repair and maintenance.
If you charter a yacht with Wiyachts, your adviser together with your crew will be able to check the best marina and anchorage spots for you.
This is the first word that comes to mind when speaking of catamarans mostly because it does not heel, they will roll from beam to beam as well as fore and aft. For example, you can cook underway in a more pleasant way compared to the sailing monohulls.
While the heel of a monohull can look impressive, there will be very little pitch fore and aft, then guests will be less prone to seasickness, and while sailing you won’t have this slapping noise that can be surprising if you are not used to it.
At equivalent size, the volume and space you can achieve in a catamaran in unquestionable: The main living area is on the same level as the cockpit. Unlike a monohull, a catamaran sailor accesses the bright living room directly from the cockpit. This makes walking around the deck while underway safer and easier. The cabins are also wider in the cat, and it will be easier to sleep aboard a boat that does not heel.
But the most important advantage for the passengers remains access to the sea via the two skirts of the hulls much easier than on a medium-sized monohull.
Sailing and maneuverability
Under sail, a monohull is much more maneuverable and tack faster than a catamaran. On the other hand, it is easier to dock catamarans since they have two engines.
We have tried here to bring together the main differences in use between mono- and multihulls, sailboats versus catamarans.
The choice is yours, however, we can give you our advice on the best boat to charter or buy because it all depends on your project, the composition of your group (adults, couples, children, teenagers…) and especially your desires.
If you are a family or looking for comfort, space, and stability, a catamaran will probably be a better choice. If you fancy authenticity, tradition, and esthetic for your sailing vacation with an unprecedented rush of adrenaline, no other boat can beat a monohull.
Take advice from people who know the areas and trust the professional crews! There are destinations such as the Bahamas that have to be sail with a catamaran (or motor monohulls, motor yachts) due to the shallow sea. We recommend on the other hand to experience the Greek islands with a monohull to take full advantage of the wind and its sailing capabilities.
Our selection of sailing catamarans
or the Privilège series 7 Namaste in the Caribbean from $60 000 per week.
Our selection of sailing monohulls
The southern wind Thalima available in the west Mediterranean from 58 000€ weekly.
Do not hesitate to ask us for advice to choose the right boat for you above all. Contact us.