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If you are planning your next sea adventure and wondering whether to choose a yacht or a catamaran, there are a few things to consider. Both options have their advantages and disadvantages, but ultimately it comes down to personal preference and travel goals.
For lovers of drive and extreme yachting, a sailing yacht certainly has a wider range of possibilities from extreme heeling to calm sailing in “beach mode”. Yacht rentals also come with a captain who can handle maneuvering the vessel, allowing passengers to enjoy the ride and take in stunning views. However, compared to a catamaran, there is less space on a yacht, which may be felt, especially if you have a larger group. The minimum safe depth for a yacht is 2.2 meters, depending on the model, which may limit your access to shallower waters.
If comfort, convenience, and space are important, a catamaran may be the better option, especially for families with children. Catamaran rentals come with a captain who can navigate the vessel, and their design provides more stability, allowing for a smoother ride. The indisputable advantage of a sailing catamaran is that it allows you to get closer to the shore in shallow water, with a minimum safe depth of approximately 1.20 meters, depending on the model. The catamaran also has a smaller wetted surface area, which can lead to better speed on some courses.
When it comes to entering and maneuvering in the marina, both options require some skill and planning. However, with two engines, turning around and changing course on a catamaran is generally easier. Additionally, the width of a catamaran is almost twice that of a yacht, which can make parking in marinas more expensive. To save on parking costs, consider renting a catamaran with a generator and watermaker, which will allow you to travel more autonomously and comfortably.
The most exciting moment of any sea adventure is feeling the wind in your hair, the salt spray on your skin, and the sound of the waves and sails. Whether you choose a yacht rental with a captain or a catamaran rental with a captain, both options provide an unforgettable experience on the open sea.