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Catamaran versus Sailing Yacht: Which Should You Choose?

21. November, 2022

Catamaran versus Sailing Yacht: Which Should You Choose? Blog

When planning your next holiday, you need to consider several things, and choosing the travel destination hardly scratches the surface. But once you have picked the place you’ll be spending your much-needed downtime, your creative juices can flow to craft the itinerary of your dreams.

Now let’s fast-forward a bit through all the indecisiveness. At this point, we’ll assume that you’ve chosen to explore the Adriatic Coast next and that opting for boat accommodation over a hotel is the way to go. And should we need to confirm why this is the better choice? Well, hotels don’t exactly float from one island destination to the next, do they?

Yeah, we thought so.

But your work here is hardly done. Now that you’ll be sailing the Adriatic, you’ll need to find the perfect floating accommodation. Is that a sailing yacht or a catamaran? That’s where we come in. While both are wonderful ways to sail the coast, you’ll need to keep in mind the specifics that separate the models from one another. And most importantly - which is better for you and your group based on the itinerary you have in mind?

Catamaran versus sailing yacht - the ultimate guide.

Alright, let’s break down catamarans first.

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Catamarans are also usually prioritized thanks to their spaciousness

When talking about floating accommodation, catamarans are where you feel it best. This is all thanks to incredible buoyancy, which makes the boat feel like a raft on water. Furthermore, catamarans (also known as multihulls) boast twin engines which make docking easier than single-engine monohulls, or sailing yachts, which we’ll get into later. This also means catamarans have excellent maneuverability, especially modern catamarans that can round 360-degree turns.

Catamarans are also usually prioritized thanks to their spaciousness - from the option to accommodate larger groups in more cabins to expansive salon areas and even larger areas for sunbathing than on monohulls of the same length. Multihulls are also known to be more stable at sea, meaning they are a top choice for families traveling with children. And for those groups looking to maximize comfort at sea? Catamarans are a no-brainer. But what about some of the other perks? Multihulls also boast a flybridge that separates the skipper from the guests, meaning your privacy is 100% prioritized. Better yet - that same flybridge can also be converted into a sunbathing area!

The popularity of multihulls likely lies in the fact that charter clients who sail during the peak season put more value on spaciousness, comfort, and stability than those who sail during the pre or post-season when sailing conditions are more favorable. This means that catamarans are usually the go-to of the summer months. And for those who put comfort and space at the top of their list, multihulls are a safe bet.

Okay, we know catamarans sound pretty good, but we haven’t even gotten to sailing yachts yet! So, why should you choose a sailing yacht (or monohull) over a catamaran? 

Sailing yachts are a ‘leisure craft that uses sails as its primary means of propulsion’, usually for pleasure, cruising, or racing, with cabins and amenities to accommodate guests overnight.

Now that we know the basic definition, let’s dive a bit deeper into monohulls. Monohulls are boats with a single hull and are considered, in simplest terms, the classic sailing yacht. Of course, this vessel appeals to experienced sailors who prefer monohulls to ride the waves better. Monohulls are often selected by adrenaline junkies who want to feel the movement of the sea. They’re a go-to for sailing enthusiasts, great for thrillseekers, and really anyone looking for more excitement onboard. But that’s not to say these boats are only for hardcore sailors.

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The first Hanse model by French yacht designer Berret-Racoupeau mixes innovation and the German manufacturer’s tradition

Monohulls are impressive for leisure-seekers, too. This is primarily thanks to their uber comfortable salon areas made for socializing, cozy cabins that’ll make you forget you’re sleeping on a boat, and expansive sunbathing areas for the sun-seekers in the group… because we know there will be at least one. 

With the ability to impeccably slice through the sea and seamlessly glide on the waves thanks to their sailing-oriented build, monohulls can tack quickly, are considerably more maneuverable, and respond to the helm faster than a catamaran. 

While many groups choose catamarans for their summer sail, we could easily argue that the best way to see the Adriatic is on a sailing yacht. Offering privacy, speed, and comfort, with all the perks of feeling like a real sailor traversing the sea, how could one go wrong? 

But which sailing yacht should you choose? First, let’s look at some new monohull models.

Hanse 460

The first Hanse model by French yacht designer Berret-Racoupeau mixes innovation and the German manufacturer’s tradition, resulting in fast cruising, easy sailing, and a sleek yet modern sporty look. This model can be equipped with six to ten berths to ensure it hits the mark for thrill-seeking skippers and chilled-out families. The Hanse 460 also includes a spacious owner's suite with a double island bed and bathroom, up to four separate showers, and an extra-long galley. Did we mention that the lowering tables in the cockpit were named the best in their class?

The hydrodynamic hull shape lines are also optimized for performance. Furthermore, the sporty rig allows for a maximized sail plan, while the standard bowsprit has an integrated anchor. But that’s not all. The bathing ladder and platform are decked with high-quality teak, while an easily accessible locker space can store your fenders, SUP boards, and watersport gear. So it’s no surprise the Hanse 460 is one of the best-performing yachts in its class.

Dufour 470

This 47-foot sailing yacht is made for all types of sailors, combining expertise and innovation while maintaining the brand’s well-known DNA. It wouldn’t be a Dufour boat without simplicity, elegance, and modernity, especially in the hull design and fluid deck, proving this is an iconic model.

Its three-version interior layout comes in the Easy Version, Ocean Version, and Performance Version, adapting to all members of your group, no matter how large or small. Furthermore, its design advancements maximize space on board, making sure each guest is comfortable, and sailing is easy as can be.

Oceanis 46.1

And finally, meet Oceanis 46.1, a beauty by Beneteau that feels like a large sailing yacht without being one. Balancing elegance, performance, and comfort, this model is enhanced by Nauta Design, with brushed oak and mahogany as the highlights of the interior. The elegant interior design is illuminated thanks to large portholes that let in plenty of natural light. 

But this boat is suitable for socializing, too, as its large table in the cockpit can seat eight people, while reclining sun loungers (with drink holders should you get thirsty) decorate each side of the companionway. Did we mention that the master suite is adorned with a 160 x 205 cm island bed? What makes the Oceanis 46.1 great for sailors, however, is its longer mast and increased sail area, Harken deck fittings, and a deep lead-bulb keel to reduce drag. No matter the type of sailing adventure you’re after, the clever customizable fittings of this Oceanis model promise an easy, comfortable, safe, and fast sailing trip.

And if you’re still unsure about choosing a catamaran versus a sailing yacht?

We know - we love them both too. Be sure to factor in your personal preference, group needs, budget, and availability. We can guarantee that no matter which you choose for your next Adriatic adventure, no bay, beach, or beauty along the Croatian coast is out of reach.

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