- Stable, level sailing is more comfortable and less tiring. Crew are less likely to fall overboard and seasickness is much less likely. Your martini or champagne glass will not tip over!
- Catamarans have redundant systems (twin engines and twin rudders) which offers greater safety.
- "Galley-up" versions make it easier to provision, easier to serve food and "the cook stays part of the party".
- More and better dinghy storage options make catamaran cruising easier.
- Large, bright, airy salons function like a "great room" in a house. With wide panoramic views it just feels and is actually much larger than a comparable monohull. Many catamaran salons come with a bar area or galley with breakfast bar and this becomes the focal point of convivial social activity.
- Cats can be like "condos on the water" because the extra interior volume allows you to fit all the amenities of home.
- Sleeping cabins are in the corners of the yacht so you feel like there's more space and there's more privacy because no two walls are shared.
- No more heeling while underway and no more rocking at anchor. Cooking, sleeping, walking are easier and safer on a cat. For those prone to seasickness, the natural stability of a catamaran is a blessing.
- Wide expansive cockpits and decks are a pleasure to walk or lounge on.
- Large flybridge areas with extraordinary visibilty have become the focal point while underway and another great spot for having a party.
- Engines spaced wide apart make steering and docking super-easy.
- Owner's Suites can be full-beam sized and larger than ever before.
- Cats are the future and have been maintaining excellent resale value. Compare this to the multitudes of "wedding cake" style motoryachts that depreciate rapidly.
- Cats are shallow draft which enables more choices when cruising or anchoring.
- Salons tend to be on the same level as the main deck so there is no endless walking up and down stairs. They can be built "wheelchair-friendly".
- In higher winds, sailing cats are faster than cruising monohulls.
- Because of less hull drag, motoring in a catamaran requires less fuel and higher speeds can be attained with less horsepower. To attain greater fuel savings, port and starboard engines can be alternated on long passages.
- Catamarans can be built as unsinkable and are safer than monohulls.
- The drawbacks to cats are:
- "more expensive" because you have twice the boat,
- sometimes harder and more costly to find a dock for,
- monohulls are less expensive to haul-out,
- Catamarans don't sail into the wind in light winds with a sloppy sea-state as well as a performance monohull.
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