Why more and more sailors are considering a motor catamaran: The fact is 90% of the boat market consists of motor yachts. Why is that? Sailors consider catamaran motor yachts because they find them easy to understand and operate. They are easy to operate, with a minimum of skills required, and if your time is somewhat limited, a Dufour motor catamaran will get you there quickly. Dufour motor catamarans are safe and reliable, and family friendly.
Disadvantages of a monohull motor yacht: They are diesel guzzlers, expensive to run. They are noisy. They are often uncomfortable. They crash hard into waves unless it is absolutely flat water with little wind, and they roll. They roll excessively in the waves or at anchor and if another motor boat comes along , they are often not comfortable at sea or at anchor.
Surely there must be a better way? There is. It is called the “Dufour 50 Catamaran Motor Yacht”.
The advantages come from the catamaran hull shape. The single, rather narrow hulls go through the water much more efficiently, with less wave formation and resistance and without being tossed around by the sea. The design features, with widely spaced hulls that have lots of buoyancy, provide incredible stability. So, no more rolling. No pitching. The more efficient hull shape means that smaller, more fuel efficient engines can power this easy to drive hull, if designed correctly and with the planing surfaces moved aft, at motor yacht speeds and trawler fuel efficiency. The larger platform offered by a Dufour catamaran with plenty of volume in the hulls and a cabin spanning them means that a 50′ Power Cat has the space of a 70′ monohull powerboat. But the cost per cubic foot is similar or less. The running costs are far lower, while you can now reach speeds of up to 30kn. The boat is easier to handle and more comfortable with at least 3 living areas on deck – forward, aft and on the bridge – isn’t that why you are out there in the first place? To enjoy nature and the sea. To know that your boat will take you where your dreams lead – further than a 50-mile circle around your home port.