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10 important things you need to know when sailing a catamaran yacht

A catamaran charter is a perfect way to sail in ultimate comfort, luxury accommodation, and ample free space. Different to a monohull, a catamaran charter is perfect for group sailing or large families. With large saloon areas, up to four cabins in the hulls, and large outside dining and relaxing areas. There are many different types of catamaran charters available worldwide.

Even for an experienced skipper the first charter holiday on a catamaran will be different to a monohull yacht.

Therefore MARINE PROJECT gives you 10 things to know to turn your next cataraman charter into a wonderful sailing experience.

1. Understand the differences: The first thing to do when sailing a catamaran yacht is to understand the differences between it and a monohull yacht. Catamarans have two hulls instead of one, which offers increased stability and interior space. They also have a shallower draft, which enables them to access shallower waters and anchor closer to shore. However, this also makes them more susceptible to wave action and can lead to uncomfortable sailing in choppy conditions. Understanding these differences is essential to sail safely and enjoyably.

2. Balance: Weight distribution is crucial when sailing a catamaran. Unlike a monohull yacht, where the keel provides stability, catamarans rely on the weight distribution between the two hulls. Balancing the weight between the two hulls is crucial to ensure stability and avoid capsizing. If the weight is not distributed evenly, the yacht can become unbalanced and may roll over.

3. Watch the wind: Catamarans have a large surface area, which makes them more prone to being pushed around by the wind. It is essential to be aware of the wind direction and adjust the sails accordingly. When sailing upwind, a catamaran will tack more slowly than a monohull yacht, so it is necessary to plan ahead to avoid being pushed off course.

4. Know the limitations: While catamarans offer many advantages, they also have limitations. Due to their higher windage and larger turning radius compared to monohull yachts, catamarans can be more challenging to maneuver in tight spaces. It is essential to be aware of these limitations and adjust your sailing accordingly. When making a turn it is best to approach fast, possibly leaving the jib, so that the wind can push the bow around.

5. Reduce sail area in high winds: Catamarans have a shallow draft, which means they are more vulnerable to capsizing in high winds. When the wind picks up, it is essential to reduce sail area or reef the sails to ensure the yacht remains stable. This is especially important when sailing off the wind, where the boat can be overpowered easily.

6. Use the engines wisely: Catamarans have two engines, which provide better maneuverability and control. However, using both engines for extended periods can significantly increase fuel consumption. It is essential to use the engines wisely, for example, when maneuvering in tight spaces, docking, or navigating a crowded anchorage. In order to use the engines instead of the steering wheel when manoeuvring, it is better to turn the wheel at twelve o’clock and work exclusively with the throttle control.

7. Keep an eye on the bridgedeck: The bridgedeck is the area between the two hulls and is susceptible to slamming in rough seas. The slamming can cause damage to the yacht and be uncomfortable for passengers. It is important to avoid heavy seas or slow down to minimize the impact on the bridgedeck.

8. Be cautious when anchoring: Catamarans have a wider beam than monohull yachts, which means they require more space when anchoring. It is essential to be aware of the depth and the proximity of other boats to ensure a safe anchorage. It is also necessary to ensure that the catamaran is anchored securely, with both anchors set, to prevent it from drifting or swinging excessively. With its large area exposed to the wind and its shallow draft, a sailing catamaran can easily drift, so it is recommended that anchoring be done as quickly as possible, especially if the wind is blowing from the side.

9. Prepare for heeling: Unlike monohull yachts, catamarans do not heel over when sailing. However, they can still experience a significant tilt when turning or in strong winds. It is essential to prepare for this by securing loose items and being aware of the potential for motion sickness.

10. Because of their wide beam, catamarans are generally more expensive if you want to dock. You can avoid these additional costs by looking for a secluded cove and anchoring while enjoying the tranquil scenery.

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