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Monohulls vs. catamarans: Which is right for you?

On Behalf of | Sep 29, 2023 | Maritime Ownership

One of the most crucial decisions you’ll need to make when you decide to buy a yacht is choosing between a monohull and a catamaran.

Both types of yachts have their unique advantages and drawbacks, and your choice will significantly impact your sailing experience. Knowing some of the key differences between monohulls and catamarans can help you make an informed decision.

What should you know about a monohull?

A monohull is a traditional sailboat design with a single hull. This design, in one form or another, has been around for centuries and is known for its versatility and classic looks. They’re also generally recognized for their exceptional upwind performance, making them a great choice for long-distance cruising and ocean crossings.

Because they’re compact, they also offer better maneuverability than catamarans, and many people love the excitement of heeling as they slice through the waves. However, heeling can be nauseating to some people since it feels inherently unstable. Other drawbacks include the fact that a monohull’s narrower beam (which is the very thing that gives it better maneuverability than a catamaran) necessitates a smaller cabin space. While some people find smaller cabins cozy and quaint, other people prefer a bit more room for luxury.

What should you know about a catamaran?

A catamaran, on the other hand, features two parallel hulls connected by a deck or bridge. Catamarans have become increasingly popular in recent years among people who like to take extended cruises or live aboard their boats. Their wider beam, when compared to monohulls, translates into larger cabins, lounges and deck spaces – and that’s definitely an upgrade in comfort.

Catamarans are also renowned for their stability and they’re hard to capsize. They do not heel like monohulls, which makes them an excellent choice for those prone to seasickness and those who prefer a stable platform that rides flat. The biggest drawbacks to a catamaran are also related to its size. A double hull means double the dock space (and double the expense).

Whatever your preferences, this is a major decision. Having the right legal support when you go to make your purchase can help you make sure that you’re making a sound investment.