Catamarans | Inflatable Boats | Motor Yachts | Sailing Yachts
Catamarans can come in any size, and in cruising boats, the twin hulls allow for more spacious living space down below. Catamarans are also appreciated by sailors in rough seas, as the hull configuration gives a smoother ride in choppy waters.
Larger catamarans have auxiliary power, and are more fuel-efficient than boats with one hull. For this reason, catamarans are often a popular choice for boaters who are traveling long distances.
There is one other way in which catamarans and monohulls differ greatly. While a monohull that is tipped upside down will right itself immediately, the same can't be said of a catamaran. Because of its twin hull configuration, catamarans are very difficult to right once they are upside down.
While this may be considered a negative, consider that catamarans are much more difficult to sink than monohull sailboats. If a hole is punched in a monohull sailboat, it will fill with water and sink to the bottom. If a catamaran finds itself with a similar hole it will also fill with water. However, it will rarely sink. This is because catamarans have no ballasts to pull them down, and are usually made up of a foam sandwich construction that is very buoyant.
Sport catamarans are boats with twin hulls designed to go extremely fast — as fast as some powerboats. Instead of a cockpit there is mesh fabric between the two hulls for passengers, and the spread between the two hulls allows for great stability. Because they are so stable, larger sails can be used on these boats, which allows for increased speed as well.
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