Greater stability, greater capacity, and greater efficiency
For thousands of years, fishermen have known that nothing beats a twin hull in rough water. Here are just a few reasons why the twin-hulled power catamaran design offers numerous advantages over traditional monohulls:
Because it doesn't pivot on the centerline like a monohull, stability is much greater in a catamaran. As It rises out of the water on plane, it remains stable.
The wider footprint of the cat negates the effect of rolling seas.
Driving a cat is more like driving a sports car than a motorcycle: turns are flatter and more stable than the leaning action of a monohull.
No-wake zones are not a problem for cats: their long, slender hulls produce minimum wake at all speeds.
The catamaran design allows the boat to drift sideways, so you can fish off the side. And when fish off one side, there's no worry about the extreme listing of a monohull.
Get access to areas that conventional hulls can't reach, thanks to the shallow draft of the catamaran design provides.
The twin-hull design of a cat means there's less rocking than a v-hull in a beam seam.
The relatively rectangular design of the cat's expanded deck area allows for more room and greater load capacity.
Unlike a monohull's deck, a catamaran's deck is parallel to the water at all speeds, allowing you to maintain your line of sight and giving you greater fuel efficiency.
Monohulls are designed to plane at a particular speed and weight distribution. As weight increases and/or speed decreases, the stern settles, creating untrimmed conditions. As the boat pushes forwards, it creates a "hill" of water. In this bow-high position visibility is limited and the hull bottom is pounded. However, a cat avoids this condition, rising and falling evenly in the water as speed and/or weight distribution adjusts.
Cats are very stable in rough seas
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