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Catamarans are dual-hulled small boats 78 feet or under that offer stability and comfort at sea and are available in either power or sail. Search below for these magnificent catamaran yachts for sale by location, price, size, brand and more.

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What Is a Catamaran?

A catamaran is a boat 78 feet or under with two hulls connected by a bridge deck. It has a wide beam and the bow area is generally linked by a trampoline that stretches between the two hulls, although some catamarans have large decks instead. Catamaran designs include both sailing vessels or power options – a powered blue water catamaran does not have a mast or sails, which is a benefit if clearance is a concern, while a sailing cat has both sails and usually twin engines, one in each hull, that can make the catamaran very maneuverable under power. Under sail, a catamaran is typically considered faster than a monohull. You can measure the performance and handling by looking at the catamaran’s sail area.  This  an excellent choice for many lovers of the sea due to their performance, low draft, and stability. The category of catamarans includes racing catamarans, open deck cruising catamarans, and bridge-deck cabin cruisers – to name a few. 

From basic to luxurious, catamarans come in different sizes, designs, and styles to suit every kind of owner. The quality of a catamaran cannot be questioned and is a great option for a family or a couple wanting to explore the ocean. Blue water catamarans are excellent for cruising and day sailing. No two catamarans are alike, and a wide variety of fun water toys and snorkel gear can be added onboard to make yours perfect for you! 

Blue water catamarans are some of the best cruising options for new sailors, as well as Robertson and Caine. Based in South Africa, Robertson and Caine are the number one sellers of catamarans in North America and build high-quality boats.

What are Catamaran Made of (Construction Material/Hull Design)?

The catamaran can be constructed from a variety of materials, including steel, aluminum, and composites like fiberglass, GRP, and carbon fiber. This boat type can have both a displacement (powercat) or a planing hull form, depending on use. The Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull (SWATH) is also a catamaran hull form that places the bulk of the vessel’s buoyancy under the water in two submarine hulls to provide better stability. An example in the yachting industry is Silver Cloud.  

If you are looking to buy a catamaran sailboat, you should look at the sail area to understand the maneuverability of the boat. The sail area is only found on sailing vessels, not powered catamarans. 

Why Should You Buy a Catamaran?

You should buy a catamaran yacht if you’re looking for more stability on the water as this yacht type doesn’t heel like a monohull while sailing. It is a much smoother experience for overnight cruising and day sailing than traditional sailing vessels. At anchor, it also eliminates the rocking possible on a monohull. The smoother ride can be a plus for those who may suffer from seasickness, although the catamaran’s motion under sail might take some getting used to if you’re accustomed to a monohull. The catamaran’s small draft is also a plus, allowing sailors access to shallower waters closer to shore, which can be a bonus in areas like The Bahamas. Two hulls can also provide more interior volume than similarly sized monohulls, with wider decks for easier navigation and more outdoor living space.

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