The comfort of a catamaran or the experience of a monohull?
Definitions and History:
A monohull is a type of boat having only one hull.
Among the earliest hulls were simple logs, but these were generally unstable and tended to roll over easily. Adding weight or ballast to the bottom of the hull or as low as possible within the hull adds stability.
The use of stones and other weights as ballast can be traced back to the Romans, Phoenicians and Vikings. Modern ships carry tons of ballast in order to maintain their stability; even heavily laden cargo ships use ballast to optimize the distribution of weight.
A Catamaran is a watercraft made up of two connected hulls or a single hull with two parallel keels. Originally used by the natives of Polynesia, the catamaran design was adopted by Western boatbuilders in the 19th cent. The American Nathanael Herreshoff first built Western-type catamarans in the 1870s.
It is a geometry-stabilized craft, deriving its stability from its wide beam, rather than from a ballasted keel as with a monohull sailboat. Being ballast-free and therefore lighter than a monohull, catamarans often have a shallower draft(draught) than comparably-sized monohulls.
The twin-hulled sailing has since become a popular pleasure craft, largely because of its speed and stability.
In general, the two hulls combined also often have a smaller hydrodynamic resistance than comparable monohulls, requiring less propulsive power from either sails or motors. The catamaran's wider stance on the water can reduce both heeling and wave-induced motion, as compared with a monohull, and can give reduced wakes.
Benefits of Catamaran:
Benefits of Monohull:
All in all, it is obvious that the beauty of, and choice of, multi vs monohull is in the eye of the beholder. However, although multi's may look a little strange at first glance, you should investigate their inner beauty and space.