What is a sailing catamaran and how to charter one?
Imagine you are sailing into a marina or a bay with a sharp looking catamaran. People will most likely start staring at you, or better said at your yacht.
A catamaran is a type of boat consisting of two hulls joined by a frame. They can be
Catamarans were "invented" by an aristocratic fishing community in the southern coast of Tamil Nadu, India. However, in terms of leisure and
How to charter a catamaran
Chartering a catamaran is no different than chartering any other type of yacht. Once you choose your yacht charter company, see what catamarans they offer, and pick the one that suits your needs the best.
If, on the other hand, you have no experience and/or a permit, it is also possible to choose a skippered or fully crewed charter catamaran.
What are the most popular charter catamaran brands
Some of the major brands or manufacturers on the market for catamarans are Lagoon, Leopard, Nautitech, Bali and Fountaine Pajot, along with a significant number of newcomers to catamaran industry. These are big catamaran makers, especially for the huge charter business.
Nautitech is one of the largest catamaran manufacturers in the world, operating underneath the Bavaria Yachts brand. The brand is also known for their specific position of the helm, more in the style of a monohull sailing yacht. Nautitech offers a size range from 40 to 55 feet long. There are two lines of catamarans. The first is Nautitech meant for comfortable voyages, and the second one is Ocean Voyagers, day-charter catamarans for the tourist industry. There is also a Power line of only motor-propelled catamarans. Nautitech catamarans are available for charter in the most popular sailing destinations from Greece and Croatia to the Caribbean destinations.
Fountaine Pajot is another French company that has been building production cruising catamarans since 1983. Large heritage is visible through their special attention to detail and smart solutions for optimum space usage on the yacht. They offer a size range from 36 feet to 80 feet in length. This is also a hugely popular charter catamaran brand. Opt for one of these most popular charter catamarans and you will have a beautiful sailing charter holidays to look forward to.
Performance and luxury
There are a few multihull producers which are putting
A classic catamaran with very slim hulls, providing even less water resistance to the boat and enabling the boat reaching greater speeds.
A very performance-oriented multihull producer, but what they are known for is
There is a trimaran which is comfy and fast, and its name is Neel. Neel trimarans are spacious and can cruise at very high speeds alongside their good looks. The winner of
I want it all! I want perfection!
For those who demand pure comfort perfection on board of a multihull, or want maximum security for members of their crew, there is a very convenient type of catamaran called a power catamaran which is propelled solely by engines. That could be translated into far less sailing equipment and devices on the boat, and all of us who have sailed know that there is always something from sailing equipment on the boat that can get us hurt or trip over. In case of power
Typical Day on a Charter Catamaran
A typical day aboard a charter catamaran is no different than a day on any of the yacht charter boats. The day normally starts with breakfast on board, usually anchored in some lovely cove or marina.
While sailing a catamaran, just relax and enjoy the ride. Since catamarans are pretty stable, and there is no heel sailing, you can sunbathe, enjoy a cool drink or a delicious meal even under full sails. You do not have to be afraid the glasses will tip over and that you will make a mess since catamarans rarely heel over five degrees. If you, however, chose not to have lunch while sailing, you can find some nice quiet spot. As catamarans have a shallow draft, for lunchtime you can choose some lovely bay and anchor right in front of a beach. After
As the evening approaches, you can set off to the nearest marina. That is unless you are already in one. After you find a nice spot for your catamaran, all there is left for you is to decide where and how to spend the rest of the evening. There are many options: you can go sightseeing, do some grocery shopping, exploring the shore, you can also go and see what the local nightlife has to offer. Or you can simply stay on your catamaran enjoying the company of your crew.