For those seeking the sublimity of sailing, without giving up on comfort, stability, speed and space, then renting a catamaran may be the best choice. Catamarans have large cockpits and central lounges and boasts exceptional views from the elevated salon.
If your dream holiday includes anchoring in shallow bays close to the beach, diving off the deck with your kids and having cocktails at sundown, then consider a catamaran. Catamarans offer a good balance between sailing performance and comfort.
For families with small children, the elderly or first time sailors, sailing on a catamaran can go a long way to reducing stress. The smaller draft of a catamaran allows you to anchor in shallow bays or very close to the beach, which leads to more privacy and more options to drop anchor. You can easily enter places where most sailing boats cannot, closer to the beach and coast, away from the crowds.
More stability and minimum heeling can help to avoid seasickness and sufficiently more space on deck and inside with makes the catamaran a good choice for large groups or as a party boat. Catamarans are also generally faster than monohulls when not overloaded and there is good wind. More privacy is another factor, since the sleeping accommodations, heads and showers are totally separate, located in each hull and in opposite corners.
Because of its twin engines, handling is much easier. Pivoting around the boat’s central axis is possible, no matter the size
Finding room in harbours or marinas may be more difficult and sailing upwind or tacking may be tricky.
Other considerations are the higher charter price and related services and more expensive berths in marinas and harbours.