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What Is a Catamaran?
A catamaran is a vessel 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 larger decks instead. Catamaran designs include both sailing or power options — a powercat 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.
Catamarans are 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. The fascinating types of features that can be found for such watercraft are boundless. 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!
What is a 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 and it 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.
Why You Should Buy a Catamaran
You should buy a catamaran if you’re looking for more stability on the water as the catamaran doesn’t heel like a monohull while sailing. 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.