In this article, we are going to address a subject that seems trivial to many of you: Monohull vs catamaran. Which one to choose? Which one is faster? Which one is safer? Which one is more comfortable?
In fact, it all depends on your preferences and your expectations of your next yacht charter.
To start, we have to keep in mind that when comparing monohulls and catamarans, they must be of the same size range. It is true that in the last decade people are more interested in catamarans for its numerous advantages. However, monohulls and sloops remain of a great charm and affinity.
Here’s a simple study of the advantages and disadvantages of each type in terms of various criteria.
Unlike a monohull, a catamaran consists of two shells, linked with a frame. Each shell is equipped with a motor, thus, ensuring a higher speed level. However, sailing catamarans do not go into the wind as well as monohulls.
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.
Draft & Beam
Most catamarans have a draft of about 1 meter, allowing anchoring near the coast. However, monohulls are equipped with longer drafts, so there is no way that they can approach the beautiful beaches.
On the other hand, due to its two hulls, catamarans are a way wider than monohulls. And therefore, it becomes sometimes difficult to dock in some marinas which offer smaller docking space.
This is the first word that comes to mind when speaking of catamarans. When it comes to space, catamarans outweigh the monohulls. Not only in terms of living area and accommodation, but also the bridge.
The main living area is on the same level as the cockpit. Unlike a monohull, a catamaran sailor does not go into a deep, dark place, but it accesses the bright living room directly from the cockpit. Catamarans offer greater privacy as cabins and toilets in the two shells are far from one another.
We tried to gather major differences in use between monohulls and multihulls, and it’s up to you now to choose yours.
If you’re looking for comfort, space and stability, a catamaran is your ultimate choice. However, if you fancy an authentic sailing vacation with an unprecedented rush of adrenaline, no other boat can beat a monohull.
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