Sailing Croatia | Catamaran Vs. Monohull – How to Choose?

A catamaran is a type of boat consisted of two hulls, joined by a frame. Sailing catamarans in Croatia has recently become more popular because of their stability, spaciousness and safety. It is just a great alternative to monohulls.

Sailing in Croatia with a catamaran has many benefits and we are pointing out the main ones.

Catamaran vs. Monohull or why sail a catamaran

Catamaran Pros

Comfort, Speed, Draft, Safety, Space

  • One of the major advantages of a catamaran versus a monohull is their inherent stability. A monohull simply can’t be compared to a cat in this regard.
  • Stability is a big plus for families with young children or seniors who are not particularly steady on their feet. Because the boat is not as susceptible to the effects of wave action and does not heal the way a monohull does, it is much easier to walk around on deck and within the interior of the yacht while underway.
  • Anyone who may be prone to seasickness will feel the effects of motion much less aboard a cat than they might on a mono. The added stability on a cat makes the cook’s job a lot less challenging both while underway and at anchor. Catamarans don’t rock and roll the way monohulls do.
  • When comes down to speed, it is just a choice to sail faster or slower, depending on conditions, comfort and need. As a catamaran does not have to carry a heavy lead keel underneath to stay upright, they are generally faster than a similar sized monohull – especially off the wind. Catamarans do not go upwind as monohulls do, though these performances are recently changing which can be seen on models, especially latest Lagoon models. However, going off the wind is what the cats are all about
  • Most catamarans draw only about one meter, which enables anchorage close to the shore. Often it means that a boat is in more protected waters as well as shorter dinghy rides to the beach. Cats can also tuck up onto sand shelves where monohulls can't go.
  • Catamarans generally provide far more living space in the main salon, galley and cockpit, than the space found aboard similarly priced monohulls. Their cabins are often more spacious too and even the smallest cat in the fleet has stand up headroom in each cabin.
  • Because of the layout, there is usually more privacy on a cat than on a mono and if you have children aboard, there is greater separation from the main living space and the cabins, making it easier for the kids to fall asleep at a reasonable hour.
  • Generally speaking, interior and exterior layouts catamarans are unbeatable, comparing not only to monohull but also to most of the power boats. Huge cabins with king size beds, specious heads with separate shower rooms in most models, amazing panoramic salon, huge aft cockpit suitable for all kinds of activities, additional forward cockpit, fly bridge area as latest design solution considering catamarans...

Catamaran Cons

  • Cats can’t sail as close to the wind as a monohull … but, most sail faster than a monohull on a reach, so if you fall off a few degrees and sail fast, you can usually get to the same place at the same time and sometimes faster, even though you will have to cover more ground.
  • Tacking a catamaran is not the same as tacking a monohull. You have to have sufficient speed to carry you through a tack without losing too much forward momentum. Square foot for square foot, a catamaran is much lighter than a monohull and for that reason, they slow down much more quickly. You basically carve through the tack rather than making a sharp directional turn as you would in a monohull. If concerned about tacking, in light winds or heavily trafficked areas, turn on the motor as an assist to get you through the tack or douse the sails altogether. You’re on vacation! Why sweat it?
  • Catamarans with similar sleeping capacity and equipment are usually (but not always) more expensive to charter than monohulls.
  • Cats take double the space to dock and often cost double to dock too.

Monohull Pros

  • You can’t beat a monohull sailboat for good looks. Well most of them anyway. There are some pretty homely monos out there, but in comparison to most catamarans, even the homely monos come out ahead of the cats. Monohulls are just a whole lot better looking … at least in my opinion.
  • A Monohull will tack quickly, is much more manoeuvrable and is faster to respond to the helm than a catamaran.
  • Monohulls slice through the water effortlessly … and without the slapping that some catamarans (with low bridge decks) often produce.
  • As much as some claim sailing “flat”, as you will on a catamaran has major advantages, healing is great fun. Not much can match the exhilaration of sailing a monohull … and that’s a fact!
  • In an anchorage, a monohull usually swings much less than a cat if placed side by side.
  • Monohulls of equal sleeping capacity and equipment are generally less expensive to charter than a catamaran.

Monohull Cons

  • All main living spaces (with the exception of the cockpit) are situated below the waterline. After an extended period aboard, one can begin to feel a bit like a mole person. However, that’s something most sailors are used to. For non-sailors, or those who suffer from claustrophobia, it can be quite disconcerting.
  • Ventilation throughout the boat can present some challenges on still nights if you don’t have air conditioning. However fans are a great alternative.
  • Monohulls are definitely less stable than catamarans both under sail and at anchor.
  • Square foot for square foot, each area of a monohull tends to be smaller than its counterpart on a catamaran, simply due to the shape of the boat and the usable space each design permits.

In the end, yacht selection for your Sailing holiday in Croatia comes to four major qualifiers:

  • Personal preference.
  • What suits your group best.
  • Your holiday budget.
  • Yacht availability for your chosen dates.

With Sails of Croatia you have a wide selection of vessels to choose from for a perfect sailing holiday in Croatia. Being on the water in any boat in Croatia is truly a Dream come true, make your choice and make your sailing vacation a real holiday to remember.

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