Catamaran or monohull?
Prior to 2000 few people would have chosen catamarans and Hal Roth did not even consider the option. Having had no experience with catamarans we also chose a monohull yacht without too much thought. With hindsight, a catamaran may well have been a better choice especially with two couples on board.
So what are the pros and cons of catamarans if you wish to sail round the world?
A catamaran has several advantages;
- much more space,
- shallower draft which is useful in crowded anchorages as you can get closer in than the monohulls,
- much less roll when at anchor
- they are usually faster downwind
There are three disadvantages;
- there is no recovery from a 'knock down'. If a monohull is laid flat by a squall it pops up again afterwards. If a catamaran tips over then it is doomed
- unless choosing a performance cat (in which case the narrow hulls limit the space advantage) most sail badly to windward with a lot of slamming
- when using marinas the costs are typically x1.5 to x2.0 than of a monohull.