Originally Posted by lindabarzini
I'm thinking of my next purchase
now. It seems to me that a Catamaran is more comfortable, quicker, and doesn't heel. It's negatives are price
Monohulls seem to have an advantage in potential safety
. . . .
Another cat vs mono buying
decision thread . . .
In my opinion, most of these statements are false. The key thing to making this comparison intelligently is to compare like for like. A 45' catamaran is not "like" a 45' monohull. It has two hulls, so it's more like a 55' monohull in terms of interior
Once you compare like for like, everything looks different:
1. Cost is about the same.
2. Cat is not faster, and is probably slower if it's a loaded-down condo-cat. Cat has better fineness ratio, but a comparable mono will have a longer waterline.
3. Cats do NOT point worse than comparable monos. Condo cats don't point, but loaded down cruising monos ALSO don't point. High performance cats point very well.
4. Monos are NOT safer. Cats flip but monos sink. Statistically there is no difference between cats and monos in terms of safety.
5. What is more comfortable is a matter of taste. Cat has wonderful high and roomy salon
but prison-cell like cabins. Mono worse view and light in salon
but better cabins (as a gross generalization of course).
6. Lack of heeling a very profound advantage of cats, for long ocean passages. Less important for more typical cruising regime of short passages between long stays in port or at anchor, but still pleasant. Living on a heel sucks.
The biggest advantages of cats you did not mention:
1. Redundant propulsion
, greatly enhancing reliability
2. No ballast, so much more efficient motoring. Cats are totally superior motorboats, and this is important considering most cruisers motor more than 50% of the time.
Advantages of monos:
1. For some people, more pleasant motion at sea.
2. Easier to find berthing.
3. Better load carrying capacity.