MultiHulls World, the essentials for catamarans and trimarans
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10 good reasons to change to a cat...

10 good reasons to change to a cat...

Fed up with living heeled over? Want to live a unique adventure by taking your family on a boat for the first time? No possible doubt, it's time to change to a catamaran...

1- You want to sail as a family.
Nothing better than a catamaran for family sailing... Firstly, everyone quickly finds their place: the youngest will be safe and the teenager can easily be alone on the trampoline or in his or her cabin... And there's enough space to be able to invite friends.
Advantage of a catamaran: comfort and space aboard. The children find their space aboard straight away.

2- You want to cruise with a group of friends.
How can 8 or even 10 people go cruising in a 40-footer? The catamaran offers the possibility of embarking an impressive number of crew members, compared to a monohull. And all this in very appreciable comfort. "With 4 couples in a Lagoon 410, we were better off than in a hotel", said one of our readers, who had just discovered catamarans...
Advantage of a catamaran: space, comfort and privacy; the catamaran is ideal for cruising with friends.

3- You want still more comfort.
Well there's no contest. The catamaran not only offers you space and comfort, but also the possibility of cruising with a skipper and hostess... Not counting the luxury that certain top of the range boats can offer...
Advantage of a catamaran: large living area, privacy, possibility of having skipper and hostess, the catamaran is a must as far as regards top of the range chartering.

4- You are looking for safety above all.
We have said it and we'll say it again: a catamaran is safe! Accidents are very rare, as a catamaran's stability allows manoeuvres to be envisaged much more easily. And if the worst comes to the worst, catamarans are unsinkable! A basic argument, in terms of safety.  
Advantage of a catamaran: unsinkable...

5- You want to discover sailing.
You have always dreamt about sailing, but life has meant that you haven't realised your dream yet. Don't panic, charter a catamaran with a skipper and the world of sailing will open its doors wide for you.  
Advantage of a catamaran: very stable; will allow novices to acclimatise much more easily and avoids the unpleasantness of sea-sickness...

6- Your family is growing.
It is common knowledge that young children get their sea legs much more quickly than their elders, but running after a baby less than two years old on a heeled monohull generally brings cries of terror from its mother! The catamaran, with its well-separated living areas, allows the youngest children to be left under shelter... However, essential safety measures must still be scrupulously respected.
Advantage of a catamaran: Various living areas, and the boat's stability, which allow children to be well supervised.

7- More and more choice from the charter companies
Ten years ago, there was a limited choice from the charter companies. Today, in view of the scale that multihulls are taking on, the charter companies are not hesitating and are offering more and more of them. From 35' to more than 70', sporty, comfortable... There is something for all tastes! Just take your pick!
Advantage of a catamaran: today you will find all kinds of catamaran for charter

8- Above all, you are looking for comfort at anchor and whilst sailing.
All those who have tried them cannot go back... Clearly, for charter, the catamaran is the best. When sailing, the boat does not heel and its movements at sea are much more pleasant. At anchor, the incredible area of the catamaran makes it a fabulous platform for aquatic games. For a week, or two, in the Tropics, we haven't yet found anything better!
Advantage of the catamaran: Comfort whilst sailing and at anchor. Ideal for spending a few days holiday in the warm seas.

9- You are looking for excitement and above all you like speed.
Welcome to the magical world of multihulls. Although it's true that the majority of catamarans (and monohulls) offered for charter are fairly steady performers, you can find some fabulous machines which are great fun to sail... Imagine yourself at 20 knots, with your glass sitting still on the cockpit table! Easy, aboard a catamaran!
Advantage of the catamaran: the fast and comfortable life is possible on numerous catamarans, even when chartering.

10- Comfortable, reassuring, rapid and offering real privacy: the catamaran is the best!
If you didn't want to sail aboard a cat, would you have bought this magazine? Of course not... But it is worth knowing that the charter companies are aware of the advantages of the catamaran compared to a monohull and are offering more and more catamarans in their fleets - bringing pleasure to an increasing number of sailors.
Advantage of the catamaran:  we wonder really how there can still be monohulls for charter!!
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