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.