WHY CATAMARAN POWERBOATS ARE SUPERIOR TO MONO-HULLS?

MULTIHULLED BOATS HAVE A NUMBER OF LONG-KNOWN AND SELDOM-DISPUTED DESIGN ADVANTAGES OVER MONO-HULLS. FIRST, CATAMARANS RIDE SOFTER BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE A LARGE, ROUND BOTTOM THAT SLAMS AGAINST THE WAVES. SECOND, A CATAMARAN'S TWIN HULLS FOCUS THE BUOYANCY AROUND THE OUTSIDE OF THE BOAT, RATHER THAN IN THE MIDDLE, CREATING MUCH GREATER STABILITY. THIRD, THE TWO NARROW HULLS GENERATE ABOUT ONE-THIRD AS MUCH WETTED-SURFACE, OR DRAG, MAKING THE BOAT MORE EFFICIENT. AND LAST, THE HULLS PLACE THE ENGINES FARTHER APART, INCREASING MANEUVERABILITY.

  • CATAMARANS SLICE SMOOTHLY THROUGH ROUGH SEAS, WITHOUT THE POUNDING THAT OCCURS WITH MONO-HULLS.  THIS
    PROVIDES A CONSISTENTLY DRY AND SOFT RIDE.

     
  • CATAMARANS HULLS ARE MORE EFFICIENT THAN MONO-HULLS, REQUIRING LESS POWER TO MAINTAIN EQUIVALENT CRUISING SPEEDS.  YOU SAVE MONEY PURCHASING SMALLER ENGINES TO ACHIEVE THE SAME LEVEL OF PERFORMANCE.
     
  • CATAMARANS REQUIRE LESS HORSEPOWER TO REACH CRUISING SPEED, DELIVERING BETTER FUEL ECONOMY THAN A COMPARABLE MONO-HULLS.
     
  • CATAMARANS HAVE A VERY SHALLOW DRAFT.  THIS ALLOWS YOU TO CRUISE IN SHALLOW WATERS WHERE A TYPICAL MONO-HULL WOULD RUN AGROUND.
     
  • CATAMARANS HAVE MORE USABLE DECK SPACE AND BEAM THAN COMPARABLE SIZED MONO-HULL.  THIS MEANS THAT YOU HAVE MORE ROOM TO MOVE AROUND ON THE BOAT.