Hello Kitty! Cruising Catamaran Sailing School – a Caribbean sailing adventure!
Catamarans are becoming more and more popular with bareboat yacht charters in the Caribbean. LtD Sailing School in St. Vincent and the Grenadines can help you get on board with one of our live-aboard Catamaran Sailing School Courses. Catamarans are known for their flat sailing, roominess, and stability at anchor. Imagine – you are liming in a palm-tree lined bay with the warm breeze blowing gently on your cheek as you sip a cold beverage and wait for the green flash. Living the Caribbean sailing dream!
SOLD – you’ve decided to sign up for a Catamaran Sailing School!
Judge for yourself. Here is a handy chart for comparison. Check it out:
Fast when reaching – especially beam reaches
Unable to sail as close to the wind as a comparable mono-hull
Twin engine–easier to maneuver under power & redundancy in an extra engine
Twin engines – expensive to maintain, repair, replace, uses more fuel
Comfort at anchor
Pound/slap underway. Especially catamarans with a low bridge deck
More living/working area–more privacy, cockpit & salon often at same level
When a cat rolls over, it stays over – a monohull will generally pop back up
Speed under sail
Less maneuverable under sail
Slower to tack than monohull
Comfort under way – cooking, less sea sickness, safer to walk on deck, sleeping is easier, less fatigue for crew
Big winds and short waves could cause pitchpoling (bow into the waves)
Because it sails flat, it can be harder to notice when it’s overpowered vs-heeling on a mono-hull. Anticipate the wind and reef early.
Two hulls – if you damage one you still have another for buoyancy
Limited haul-out options due to beaminess. Not all shipyards can accommodate a catamaran
Easier to dock with twin engines
Takes up more dock space
Holds its value
Expensive to build
Large stowing capacity
Weight distribution has a huge effect on performance
Getting more popular
Monohulls are romantic
Reference: Multihull Fundamentals, White & Munne
Can you manage a catamaran if you have experience on a monohull? Well, ya, you probably could. But why find out by trial and error? Learning by the seat of your pants on your one week dream vacation is not a good idea. Why take a chance ? You can you can easily add a catamaran sailing school certification on to the beginning of your bareboat charter cruise.
Take a weekend or week-long Catamaran Cruise and Learn and get your catamaran sailing school certification!