Cruising Wooden Catamarans
Catamarans have for the
home builder are that they are cheap and relatively simple to build,
on the design.
can be simple V
shaped stitch and glue constructions connected by a timber bridge deck,
the famous Wharram designs.
hulled boats have been in use among fishing and seafaring
communities since time immemorial.
word, catamaran comes
from the Tamil language of Southern India where they were used for
of course twin hulled
vessels have long been in use in Polynesia.
Polynesians covered huge
distances across the Pacific in their quest to settle some of the
vessels ranged from
small outrigger Proas for fishing to enormous catamarans for
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skepticism from mono-hull
sailors, multi hulled vessels have become popular
for every type of
vessel from tiny beech cats, pontoon boats, cruising sail boats to high
For the home builder the greatest advantage is the ease of construction
At sea the advantages are numerous.
Because the multi-hull only heals slightly and doesn’t
there is less risk of
than on a mono-hull.
The ease of motion also reduces the risk of injury and
A lack of heal also makes life on board more comfortable
Those narrow hulls are more easily driven at speed.
While this is clearly an advantage for those seeking
thrills on small
can also cut journey times for the cruiser, allowing more time to enjoy
The multi hull’s shallow draught means that they can sail
and moor in
shallow water, and because the twin hulls keep her level, drying out on
or drying anchorage is a breeze.
The bridge decks of larger cruising designs can be very
them an ideal place for relaxing while moored up.
It is quite common the have netting stretched between the
a superb place to relax and watch the ocean slipping by underneath.
And having the accommodation split between the
privacy for the crew.
Having two hulls also means that if there should be an
it is unlikely that both hulls will be holed.
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the early days of western sailing multi-hull design, there was
considerable fear of capsize.
worry was that where a
displacement mono-hull would self right an overturned cat
lead to some being
equipped with enormous flotation bubbles at the top of the masts.
then it has become
established that unless the boat is very light and being sailed at
limits, a capsize extremely unlikely.
the accommodation of a
cruising multi-hull divided between the hulls does limit the size of the
could be a disadvantage
for small boat cruising and for living aboard.
attempts to overcome this by having a larger central hull with smaller
larger catamarans with large bridge decks and wider hulls are becoming
as cruising boats.