the advtantages of catamarans

Have you ever had the opportunity to go on a catamaran tour? If you haven’t, you’re definitely missing out! Catamarans are some of the most efficient, intriguing, and downright fun water vessels around. Anyone who loves spending time out on the water owes it to themselves to gain the experience. 

Catamarans offer several advantages over typical mono-hull craft, including stability, seaworthiness, and fuel efficiency, making it a complete mystery why they haven’t caught on in the United States. Although they are hugely popular in Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, they’ve yet to capture the boating market in the U.S. 

Nevertheless, catamarans are likely to become more popular once people get a clearer idea of their benefits over other watercraft. If you’re one of those that have been wondering what the fuss is all about, read on to find out…

Common Hull Designs 

Before we go into the advantages of catamarans over other boats, let’s take a look at its primary characteristic: its unique hull. The hull shape contributes a lot to catamaran speed, so check out how fast catamarans can actually sail.

The hull or bottom of the boat is one of its most crucial features. It is primarily responsible for how a particular vessel rides and handles. Although different hulls each have their advantages, the catamaran’s unique design gives it a distinct edge over the competition, as you will see later. 

In any case, hulls typically come in two varieties: flat or skiff and deep “V” designs. Boats with flat hulls are better suited for shallow waters due to their shallow drafts. Take them out in choppy waters, and you may be in for a rough ride. 

On the plus side, flat hulls displace much less water than other designs. Consequently, they are more fuel efficient and require less horsepower. Boats with “V” hull designs are the opposite. They perform much smoother in rough waters and ensure a more comfortable ride overall. But they also displace a lot of water, making them gas guzzlers that require a lot more horsepower. 

Where do catamarans fit into all this? These boats combine the best qualities of flat and “V” hull designs, with two narrow and sharp “Vs” that slice through the water at extremely sharp angles. Consequently, the bottom makes less contact with the water than traditional V or flat hull designs, resulting in fast, smooth, and efficient performance. 

What that out of the way, let’s go over the advantages of going on a catamaran tour!

Smoother Rides 

The dual narrow and sharp entry “Vs” that characterize catamarans ensure an extremely smooth ride that you have to experience to believe. These features slice through the waves at more acute angles than deep mono-hulls, resulting in very little turbulence even in rough seas. With these designs, the bouncing, slapping, and choppiness you experience with most vessels are virtually non-existent.  

Stable Performance 

Boats that roll drastically from side to side can be extremely uncomfortable to be on and are almost guaranteed to cause seasickness. You won’t have to worry about that on a catamaran tour, as the buoyancy on each side of the beam ensures excellent balance. Consequently, there is almost zero roll from side to side, even if the beam is positioned perpendicular to the water.

Fuel Efficiency

Catamarans are extremely fuel-efficient vessels, which is always a plus in the age of sky-high fuel costs. The hulls’ narrow and sharp designs result in less drag and water displacement, so even long trips won’t guzzle up your fuel as other boats would. 

Less Draft

Finally, catamarans have much less draft than boats of a similar size and weight. This is because the buoyancy is balanced on each side of the beam instead of being dead-center as in a “V” hull boat. With their extremely shallow draft and ability to withstand rough seas and high waves, catamarans have a significant edge over other vessels.

Catamarans are the best! 

As you can see, catamarans have many qualities that give them a distinct advantage over most other boat designs, including “V” hull vessels. It is an absolute joy to be on this type of craft, even in fairly extreme conditions. If you have the opportunity to go on a catamaran tour, don’t hesitate! Sign up and have an experience that you won’t soon forget!

If you’re looking to enjoy a private ride, we at Kona Style even offer private catamaran charters. You can read more about the benefits of one of these, or give us a call to learn more!