Let’s start by saying that when we are at sea, both on a catamaran and on a sailboat, the same rules always apply. But the feeling when on one or another is totally different. First of all, the dimensions change, the way of “keeping” the water, of facing the bad weather changes and consequently the emotions given from one another are different.
We can’t deny, that the first thing standing out is the dimension. And, when spending a week at sea, dimensions count! Picture yourself reading a book in a roomy cabin with a bed similar to that you have at home; having a drink on a spacious deck with your family and friends; taking the sun while lying in the net; preparing meals in a huge kitchen and sitting on a comfortable sofa of a big salon.
These are all reasons why ever more people love catamarans and they are now not a simple fashion but a real consolidated market trend to which shipyards pay also more and more attention.
But, no more talking! Let’s deal with all the aspects in detail in order to explain why you should rent a catamaran for your next yacht charter!
Dimensions mean more than space
As we were saying, dimensions change from one craft to another and are so important when being at sea for more than a few days. Depending on the model, catamarans range in length and width, but one thing is true and apply to most of the cases: catamarans have a beam to length ratio of around 50%, which means that a 35 feet will be 16 feet, such as the Fountaine Pajot MY 37. As we will see, this not only results in greater space, but also in other very appreciated qualities such as stiffness, comfort and privacy.
Unlike monohulls, catamarans have two parallel hulls at the bow. This design offers greater stability for their beam is wider and less wave-resistant, making it flow softer and reducing both heeling and wakes. This is a key factor that must be considered, as a smooth sailing can help minimise seasickness and will make your boat trip more pleasant and enjoyable, especially when renting a yacht and sailing for the first time. Last but not least, this also translates to a lower use of power propulsion and, consequently, fuel-saving.
Facing Bad Weather and Rough Sea
Although it is not very common to be caught in a storm as boat holidays are in fact very well and in advanced planned, a good sailor needs to be prepared for any mishap and learn how to face adverse climate conditions, may these be bad sea or unexpected winds. Coming again to its design and structure, catamarans offer good performance, not to say the greatest.
First of all, you must know that catamarans reach a surprisingly high speed that allows you to escape an unwanted storm or a strong ocean swell, even if weather warnings usually come days in advance and there should be no surprises. They are also durable, easy to maneuver and have considerable buoyancy, which means that it will be extremely difficult for it to reverse or even lift.
A Safe Option and a Safe Craft
In the same vein, that is regarding design and performance, the decreased heeling must be highlighted for it results in a safer craft, which is highly appreciated and relevant if you are having a family boat vacation with young teenagers or kids. Also, the shallow-draft, that is the keel not far below the waterline, allows the boat to approach closer to the coast and to enter in hidden beaches and secluded coves that other boats may not be able to enter. Catamarans will take you to the most paradisiacal places for you to have some extra privacy once you drop anchor. But it does not end here! As you will see now, privacy is not something found only outside your home at sea!
The Ideal Balance Between Privacy and Sociability
Catamarans are the perfect choice for a cruise with large groups of friends or family members, for you’ll have time to socialize but also spend time alone, as sometimes is needed.
On this basis, once you set foot inside this craft, you will realize that cabins are wide apart from one another. For instance, this is a plus for couples retreats, for you will be able to gather together but, at the same time, enjoy some quality time and intimate moments by yourself or with someone else.
If we move onto the deck of the catamaran, we will appreciate a great spacious area to read a book, listen to music, have a drink or just lie down and sunbathe. It is the netting surface. Here again, it can be an oasis in the middle of the lively boat for you to rest and clear your mind of any thoughts, as well as a place to enjoy the blessings and company of your loved ones. In conjunction with it, you’ll also find the flybridge and cockpit, which makes this the most sociable and livable vessel.
There is no doubt why more and more people love catamarans, whether they are experienced skippers or boating novices. If you want to enjoy an unforgettable experience and discover new horizons and paradisiacal destinations onboard one of the most fashionable and comfortable boats, you can always take a look at our website and start organizing your dream sailing holiday!