Catamarans For Charter
What is a catamaran?
A catamaran is a multi-hulled vessel, which means that it combines two or more hulls, also known as pontoons. Its characteristics can be compared to the ones of a sailing yacht which is mono-hulled. A catamarans’ two-hull design offers a higher degree of stability in comparison to a mono-hulled sailing yacht. Furthermore, a catamaran, as well as a sailing yacht, is propelled by wind power, but can travel a lot faster due to its needle-like shaped hulls.
Other than by sails, a catamaran can be powered by an engine and recently, more and more catamarans have exchanged their sails for motors which is another great advantage. It thus represents an innovation in modern sailing and makes sailing experience more comfortable and pleasurable than ever before.
Why charter a catamaran?
Catamarans are very popular among yachtsmen because they offer a good balance between sailing performance and comfort. There are many perks of chartering a catamaran, first of which is its versatility, meaning that it’s ideal for all sorts of social gatherings, that vary from family vacations to team-buildings or even parties. Other than that, they provide an incredible degree of stability thanks to the two-hull design, which helps in reducing seasickness.
Catamarans can achieve higher speed and they offer more space on deck and inside, and are therefore perfect for larger groups. No-sail designed catamarans, i.e. power catamarans, offer spacious sundecks and sky lounges with a panoramic view of the sea. They also provide an easy access to the water, which is great for practicing all kinds of watersports. Catamarans usually have smaller drafts and are able to sail in shallow bays or closer to the beach, which leads to more privacy. The most important thing is that you don’t have to be a professional sailor in order to maneuver the catamaran. Quite the opposite, it is very easy to handle because of its twin propellers and lightweight.
Catamaran rental options
There are two types of catamarans that are available for rent - a sailing catamaran, propelled by sails and a power catamaran, powered by an engine. A power catamaran (power cat) is an innovative boat that has exchanged its traditional sails for an engine. It is very similar to a motor yacht, but still offers a unique sailing experience. A power cat provides a great degree of stability thanks to the two-hull design - it can achieve higher speed, it is more efficient in fuel consumption and it offers more space than a sailing catamaran.
An improved balance provided by two hulls reduces seasickness, which is extremely important when sailing. The layout of both types of catamarans is the same, but a no-sail design offers more space and a better panoramic view of the sea, since there are no sails that may block the view. They also provide an easy access to the water, which is great for practicing all kinds of watersports and are thus ideal for a family vacation or a social gathering. Additionally, you can choose between a bareboat, skippered and a crewed (luxury) catamaran.
(Luxury) crewed catamarans vs bareboat
Spending a vacation on a catamaran that you can navigate by yourself can be a lot of fun and it surely gives you a lot of privacy. You are able to sail wherever and whenever you like without having to deal with strangers on board, but you might not know that having a crew can ease your life to the highest extent. If you’d like to go all out for your sailing vacation, opt for a luxury crewed catamaran that offers you privacy, luxury and comfort at an unbelievably affordable price. A crewed charter gives you the opportunity to escape to the sea with your family and friends without having to worry about navigating, planning itineraries, cooking or cleaning.
The dedicated crew will gladly do all the work for you and take you to the best sailing destinations in your sailing area. If you worry about the lack of privacy, please don’t, because the crew quarters, in general, have their separate rooms. Enjoy both beautiful exterior and interior of your luxury catamaran that will astound you with its spacious deck, trampoline for sunbathing and a vast indoor dining area. Meet new people, take a well-deserved break and spend the most relaxing sailing vacation ever on board of a luxury catamaran.
Recently, catamarans have become a very popular choice for a boat charter due to their generous on-board space and stability. It is said that the French build the best exterior, while the German provide the best interior for the catamarans. Some of many catamaran manufacturers are revolutionary Catana and Bali catamarans made in France, Nautitech line of catamarans also made in France, Privilege catamarans made in USA, Lagoon catamarans with factories in Bordeaux, spacious and robust Leopard catamarans made in USA and the world leader in the production of luxury catamarans Fountaine Pajot, based in France.
Catamaran interiors and layouts
Catamarans have an eye-catching exterior due to a two-hull design, but are very impressive on the inside as well. As it was already mentioned, there are two types of catamarans – one that is propelled by the power of wind and the other that is powered by an engine. A no-sail designed catamaran is, however, more spacious since there are no sails that could take up the deck space or block the view. As for the exterior, a catamaran has a flybridge with a helm station, which offers a 360-degree view of the sea, a spacious main seating area, and an easily accessible sunbathing platform. The interior is very comfortable and stylish.
An open-floor plan offers a well-equipped L-shaped galley connected to a dining area consisting of a comfortable settee and a table. Behind the settee, there are usually glass doors that open to an aft cockpit where you can watch sunsets and sunrises. Below deck, you can find cabins with double beds and bathrooms, i.e. guest staterooms, that are placed in each hull and whose number depends on the size of the catamaran. All in all, one of catamarans’ biggest advantages is its open layout which provides an easy communication between guests on deck and the ones below, as well as an awesome panoramic view that you can enjoy from every part of the boat.
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Best catamaran rental destinations for your next holiday
With numerous amazing destinations all around the world, choosing a vacation spot can be quite difficult. When yachting, you have no limits, but you have to take into account the type of boat that you are sailing on, because not all of them are suitable for any destination. A catamaran has a smaller draft and it is thus capable of sailing in shallower waters, meaning that you can come really close to the coast and the beaches. The most popular sailing destinations for catamaran rental are Europe and the Caribbean. Sail along the beautiful islands of Croatia and Greece or discover tropical Caribbean islands - where you want to visit is completely your choice. If you wish to spend your sailing holidays on board of a luxury catamaran, charter a catamaran in the Bahamas or the Caribbean.
Catamaran rental Caribbean
Bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, and being surrounded by 7000 islands, the Caribbean is a paradise destination for yachtsmen. Known for its turquoise sea, sandy beaches and palm trees, it has always been described as heaven on earth. The best areas for catamaran charter in the Caribbean are the British Virgin Islands (BVI), the Bahamas, as well as the islands of Martinique, Grenada, Saint Lucia or Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. The British Virgin Islands are an ideal choice for catamaran charter since most of the islands are small and uninhabited and thus offer you the opportunity to explore the unspoiled nature.
Other than that, the islands offer numerous activities – you can try diving or snorkeling, you can practice various water sports or try out street food. However, if you just need to recharge your batteries, you can simply relax on the beach and sunbathe. Catamaran charter on the British Virgin Islands offers you an exceptional opportunity for island-hopping, which is great if you like adventures and want to experience the diversity of the islands.
Another destination that is very popular when it comes to catamaran charter are the Bahamas. The Bahamas attract a lot of sailors thanks to some of the world's most beautiful sand beaches and turquoise sea, as well as ideal sailing conditions. There are lots of beautiful and interesting islands you can visit in the Bahamas archipelago. One of them are the Abaco Islands which can be a starting point of your sailing adventure. Discover the beauties that this archipelago offers and explore the mangrove forests, or practice snorkeling in one of the largest barrier reefs in the area.
Your catamaran can then take you to the Pig Island where you can walk along endless sand beaches and most importantly, feed and hang out with the swimming pigs! The Bahamas are therefore a great choice for a catamaran charter, book now and enjoy! There are lots of other destinations that you can visit during your sailing holidays in the Caribbean. Movie enthusiasts will be astounded when they visit the Grenadines, one of the filming locations of the Pirates of the Caribbean film series. Lastly, don’t forget to visit picturesque cities of Havana and Santiago de Cuba, located on the island of Cuba, known for mamba, cha-cha, cigarettes and rum. See all catamarans in The Caribbean
Europe’s best-kept secret for travelers of all types is quickly becoming a well-known “new Riviera” destination. The Mediterranean offers plenty of magnificent sailing experiences, but Croatia has become the most popular place to sail - and with good reason. Between the months of May and September, sailors enjoy gentle northerly winds, mild mid-70’s temperatures and persistent sunshine. The Dalmatian Coast boasts more than 1,100 islands, fascinating history, charming culture and succulent cuisine for the self-proclaimed “foodies”.See all catamarans in Croatia
Catamaran rental Greece
Greece is a country that is well-known for its rich history and interesting architecture. Thinking about Greece, the first thing that comes to one’s mind are most certainly Greek houses painted in white and blue. People might not know that Greece is surrounded by three seas, Aegean, Mediterranean and Ionian. It also offers 6000 islands and islets, but only around 200 of them are inhabited and accessible only by boat, which is a great opportunity for chartering a catamaran.
Athens and Thessaloniki are the two most important charter bases in Greece. From there, you can easily reach the best Greek beaches, such as Navagio Beach located on the island of Zakhyntos, Sarakiniko Beach on the island of Milos, as well as Balos Beach and Elafonissi Beach in Crete. While you are sailing around the Greek islands, don’t miss Santorini, that offers Instagram-worthy sunsets, and Corfu, where you can enjoy hiking.