The cruising multihulls match: Two or three hulls?

Published on 01 august 2014 at 0h00

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We are agreed - if you have a copy of Multihulls World in your hands, monohulls which heel in the first gust are not your thing. And you are right! It remains that although the choice has been made, it is not fixed...because, like 95% of cruising multihull fans, you are certainly thinking of a catamaran. We admit that the major part of the production is two hulls capped with an XXL nacelle – and that works very well. But other boats exist! We are not going discuss the proas here, which despite their great speed potential are not available on the market, apart from a few former glories from the ocean racing world, dear to the Golden Oldies... It’s therefore the trimarans which interest us. Ready to count the points with us? Let’s launch the trimaran v catamaran match!

Trimaran or catamaran for cruising?

Tri or cat? Whether racing or cruising, the question is justifiable…

Comfort aboard

Let’s start straight away where it hurts the most... Catamarans, with their big nacelles, offer a particularly convivial living area, which includes a large saloon, a navigation area and a well-ventilated galley, thanks to its opening into the cockpit...of course here we are taking the most appealing configuration, but one which in reality is the also the most frequent. The advantages are therefore numerous: large volume, panoramic view, optimal stowage capacity, fluid movement, even when the cook or the navigator (or even both of them) is busy. Even aboard a (relatively) small boat such as the enduring Lagoon ...

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