Catamaran Charters

Written by Blaire Chandler-Wilcox
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Catamaran charters are, depending on water conditions, often more stable than their monohull counterparts. Catamaran charters, too, are often built for comfort and so may be more luxurious than other boats in their class. However, the multi-hull design has both advantages and disadvantages, and care should be taken in advance to determine the boat style that's best for your holiday needs.

The hull is the main body of the boat. Monohulls are boats with a single "body." They are either flat bottomed, or "u" shaped underneath the water. Multi-hull boats, such as catamarans, are more "w" shaped beneath the water.

Catamaran Charters: Advantages and Disadvantages vs. Monohulls

Because of their greater width, catamaran charters are, overall, more stable on the water and so may cause less sea-sickness. Because they have less depth, they move easier through the water, and so can travel at higher speeds. This is particularly good for people who enjoy skiing and windsurfing. Thanks to their greater volume overall, a 42 foot catamaran will have the same interior space as that of a 52 foot monohull. This translates into more spacious living and deck areas. Plus, because of their relatively shallow depth, a catamaran can be anchored much closer to shore than a monohull with a much deeper body.

Their greater width, however, may prove problematic at height of season, when trying to dock in popular spots. When approaching the shore, crowded conditions may make you wish for a more narrow craft. Plus, in dangerous waters, because of their width, they don't recover as well as a monohull would in rolling seas. However, you needn't overly concern yourself with this last point unless you're traveling in the hurricane season. Otherwise, rest assured that about half of all charters are catamarans. Your decision should be based on personal preferences in terms of speed, space, and overall stability.

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