What is the difference between a sailboat and a catamaran?

What do I choose...

Sailboat or Catamaran?

Many customers ask us
“What are the differences between a sailboat and a catamaran, which is better to charter?”.
To find out the answer we first need to understand the main differences. A catamaran is, strictly speaking, a yacht with two hulls and a sailing yacht is a sailing yacht with one hull, otherwise known as a sailing yacht or monohull.

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Advantages of renting a catamaran!

Here are the top 5 reasons to charter a catamaran versus a sailing yacht.

  • Space is by far one of the key factors. In terms of floor space, if you like lots of space in cabins, common areas, decks or for sunbathing, then the catamaran is for you.
  • Cabins are generally much more spacious than on a sailing ship. The storage space is always much larger and the biggest advantage is the considerably larger windows, which, when sailing, not only give you a great view, but are very useful for letting in the breeze.
  • Stability. Catamarans are more stable than their counterparts. This can be especially beneficial for people who are prone to seasickness. Thanks to the double hull design, catamarans don’t tilt very much, which means you don’t have to keep checking to make sure plates or glasses are in place! 🙂
  • The catamaran’s shallow draft (the depth to which it goes underwater) has a particular advantage in shallow water areas, allowing you to anchor closer to shore.
  • Power. Catamarans have two engines. This, combined with the reduced draft, allows it to sail at higher speeds, whether under sail or using its engines. The two engines also allow for greater manoeuvrability in confined spaces, excellent in marinas.
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Advantages of chartering a sailboat!

The sailboat offers the best sailing experience for many sailors. Here’s why:

  • Dynamic. When considering a sailboat vs catamaran, remember that sailboats can tack quickly, making them much more maneuverable.
  • Sailing downwind. They are much more windward capable than most catamarans. They can sail at a much closer angle to the wind than a catamaran.
  • Price. Sailboats are cheaper to close than catamarans, often aimed at the luxury market.
  • The cost of mooring in a port is significantly lower because of the reduced width.
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As you can see, there are many advantages and disadvantages to consider when deciding between a catamaran and a sailboat.

In short...

Our recommendation!

Catamarans are perfect for people who want a yacht holiday as they offer more space and luxury and it’s more like a floating holiday home.

Sailboats are fantastic for people who are on a sailing holiday for the thrill of the sail, who like to ride the waves and enjoy exploring and life at sea at a reasonable price.

If you’re planning a holiday and can’t decide what type of yacht is right for you, get in touch with us and we can help you decide what’s best for you.

One thing is for sure, a yacht holiday is sensational!

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