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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