Crownline Crowline 250 cruiser

Catamarans vs Monohull - pros and cons


Here we gathered together all cruicial features of Monohull sailing boats VS Catamarans 

There is no any indisputable answer to this question, because the ideal yachts do not exist! And though, having limited cruise (in the most part, family) direction of yachting, try to evaluate impartially the dignity of catamarans and single-hull yachts of the same type.



Cockpit, a key factor for catamarans, is usually huge because it covers both of the cases. Cockpit and salon are on the same level, that along with panoramic windows of enormous size reinforce the sense of light and space. The area of ​​the tank part is also very large, between the bodies a pair of large nets (notorious trampolines) are stretched - an excellent platform for watching the sea and dolphins, a favorite place for children. Therefore, on a catamaran you can rarely get tired of crowds, but it is also quite easy to retire from other cruise participants and stay in silence.

Most of catamarans are equipped with sloop-beams on the transom, which is generally great: there is no need for towing the boat, so the speed of the catamaran's movement does not decrease.

Lift and reset of jolly boat takes literally a minute (remember such procedure on a single-body).  Cooking food is much easier and more enjoyable on a catamaran: you are on par with the rest, not "deep down."

Most of the catamarans are not equipped with hanging tiles and ovens - this is simply not necessary. Your guests will be less prone to seasickness, since catamarans, unlike single-hulls, hardly wave on waves. Walking on the deck of the catamaran is much easier when driving, as the boat moves smoothly. Change the position of the sails and make corrugation is also much safer and easier. And the danger of falling overboard the catamaran is much less than on a single-hulled vessel. Finally, it is much more pleasant to sleep on a boat that does not heel.

Practically, in every part of the catamaran you get more space in comparison with a single-hulled vessel. In addition, the ceiling height is everywhere is sufficient. In a typical 43-47-foot catamaran there are 4 large cabins, with rectangular double beds, in each cabin there is a bathroom.

A catamaran from 38 to 42 feet will have 3-4 cabins and 2-3 bathrooms.

In most catamarans there is a huge salon. Combined with the cockpit, catamaran is able to comfortably accommodate about 20 people! Because of the configuration of the catamaran, each cabin is completely secluded: nothing is heard from the cabin next door.



Catamarans are phenomenally stable: they do not roll. This excludes seasickness both on the move and at anchor, and also creates an additional safety for children frolicking on deck.

Both at anchor and in motion the catamaran is always more stable than a single-hulled vessel, and this is a great advantage for the elderly and / or newcomers to yachting.

Due to the fact that catamarans do not need to carry a heavy lead keel below to maintain a vertical position, they are usually faster than single-hulls of similar size.

Speed ​​and maneuverability

Catamarans, not having huge yachting keel shoes, cannot go as steeply to the wind as monohulls. Howev...

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