For those who are new to catamarans, here’s a curious but little-known fact: the etymology of the word catamaranis the Tamil term kattumaram, which roughly translates to “logs tied together.” This label eventually came to be applied to even earlier forms of Austronesian vessels, including the outrigger boats and double canoes that they have used for centuries. A great example of this is the Philippines’ very own balangay.
Modern catamarans of the luxurious variety still possess the basic outrigger and multi-hull designs of these ancient vessels, which have endured throughout the ages for their seaworthiness and hydrodynamic performance. These multi-hulls’ natural stability on water and their lesser likelihood of capsizing in rough waters are among the reasons why a lot of yachtsmen—including first-time luxury watercraft owners in the Philippines—find them so appealing. All these make them ideal for beginners who want to embark on a yachting lifestyle, either by themselves or with their families.
But this doesn’t mean that you’ll be fine choosing just any vessel off the market. Don’t be tempted to buy a catamaran off its good looks alone; instead, listen to your distributor’s opinion on its safety, performance, handling, amenities, and comfort. Top catamaran Philippines distributor Europa Yachts makes your choice even easier with this list of top elements to consider when buying a catamaran.
- Its construction. The best catamarans out there are built out of materials with lightweight, buoyant, and damage-resistant properties. Cases in point are the vessels created by the world’s leading catamaran maker, Lagoon. You will want that same emphasis on construction quality for your own catamaran, so that it will last you through the years without incurring significant damage from contact with ocean waves, flotsam and jetsam, and abrasive elements like sand and broken coral.
- Its load capacity. You’ll also want to consider two things: the maximum number of people you expect to bring per catamaran trip, and the other equipment you’ll regularly want on board (for example, a TV, a sound system, additional cooking appliances, or diving gear). Verify with your distributor if a catamaran model you have your eye on is big enough, stable enough, and capable of withstanding all that additional weight.
- Its bridge deck clearance. Your catamaran should also have ample bridge deck clearance, which means there should be enough height between the bridge deck and the water. This will enable ocean waves to pass through the hulls at a safe enough headroom, preventing those on board from experiencing discomfort due to ocean waves slamming against the bridge deck.
- Its performance. Regardless of whether you’ll be using your catamaran for sport sailing or for leisurely cruising, you should choose a model that always performs well, even in challenging weather conditions. Ask your distributor what the catamaran’s most desirable performance features are. Some of the things you may want your vessel to have are a robust center of gravity, a modern sail plan, and reserve speed. The last one is especially important because even when you’re not racing, you’ll want a vessel that can quickly get you and your fellow passengers out of tight spots.
- Its easiness to maneuver. Nowadays, the norm is to maneuver sailing or motorized catamarans short-handed or without a full a crew. Will the catamaran you have in mind be well-disposed for such streamlined adventures? Will it be easy for you, for example, to control all the boat’s lines from a single position at the helm? The easier the catamaran is to maneuver, the more forgiving it will be to your learning curve.
- Its galley design. The catamaran’s galley, or kitchen area, is where you and your fellow passengers will be doing the cooking, dining, washing, and many of the social activities while on the boat. Knowing that, you’ll definitely want a catamaran with a spacious, well-lit, and well-ventilated galley that’s a joy to converge in.
Altogether, these six elements make up the characteristics of the ideal catamaran. Once you have this vessel in your possession, the only thing left to do will be to venture out there and put it to the test—and you are likely already excited for that! However, if you’re still on the market for the right catamaran to call your own, don’t hesitate to call Europa Yachts Philippines today at (+63-2) 8553 2027 or to send an email at [email protected]. They will be more than happy to provide advice and guidance.