What is a Sailing Catamaran?

Catamarans are a very popular charter option due to their great stability, amount of space they provide and significant safety.Catamarans were "invented" by an aristocratic fishing community in the southern coast of Tamil Nadu, India. However, in terms of leisure and sport sailing, catamarans are a fairly recent fashion.

Some basics

A catamaran is a type of boat consisting of two hulls joined by a frame. They can be sail- or engine-powered. Catamarans have two engines, one in each hull. To become a now popular vessel, this type of sailing boat had to "survive" some strong skepticism from more tradition-oriented sailors.

Catamaran vs. monohull

Catamaran charters have become very popular due to several important characteristics. Charter catamarans are much safer than monohulls. They virtually cannot be sunk. Because of the great buoyancy it has, the entire boat acts as sort of a raft. Catamarans have great maneuverability since most catamarans have twin engines they can be easier to dock than a single engine monohull. Modern catamarans can do a 360 turn in their own length. Although monohulls have certain advantages when anchoring in marinas, catamarans can anchor in very shallow bays, often very close to a beach (think a few feet). When you charter a catamaran you get more space than you will get with a normal sailboat. After all, cabins, heads and lounging areas are spread over two hulls. Also, there is more deck space and a catamaran's cockpit is twice as large as a monohull's one. More space enables more privacy.

Stable sailing

Catamarans have also become a favorite charter option due to their great stability. Sailing is done at a level since catamarans rarely heel. When they do, they do it at 5 degrees at the most, while monohull sailboats usually do it at 25 degrees. Sure, heeling at 25 degrees can be exciting but it is also very tiring. When sailing a catamaran, you can walk, sit, eat, drink... Whatever you want. However, the most important advantage of level sailing is that there is less possibility of getting sea sick.

Choose the catamaran charter and enjoy sailing with privacy, stability, speed, and safety.