Why sailors consider catamaran motor yachts…

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90% of the boating market is filled with Power boats.

ABS-Power Boats - Sailors consider catamaran motor yachtsAccording to the Washington Post 7-12-05 Sailing vs. Powerboating Wash Post 7-12-05

Why? Sailors consider catamaran motor yachts because people find them simple to understand and operate. They’re easy to run with minimum skills required, and if your time is somewhat limited, they get you there quickly. They’re relatively safe and reliable, and family friendly.

What’s not to like?

They’re gas guzzlers (translated expensive to operate). They’re noisy. They’re often uncomfortable. Pounding into waves unless it’s absolutely flat water with little wind, and they roll Sailors consider catamaran motor yachtsexcessively in waves, or at anchor as well as when another power boat passes–translated, they’re often less than comfortable underway or at anchor.

My recent experience… Last year Suzy and I joined our friends Susan and Mike on their 45′ power boat.

We left Sams and 15 minutes later (a trip that would have been, easily, an hours sail) arrived at Hemingway’s restaurant on the other side of the Bay. I was bumped around and actually got bruised as we reached speeds of 50+ MPH. Couldn’t drink my beer, as the liquid literally blew away from my mouth as the can was exposed to the wind. Luckily my sunglasses had a retainer or they would have been in the drink. When we got to the dock (albeit quickly) my ears were still ringing from the sounds of the engine. Needless to say, there was no socializing or talking during the dash across.

While this scene may be a bit extreme, I hear similar stories from many of my power boat friends.

A trawler hull form is not the answer…

Years ago, my sailboat partner, Mike E., decided enough of the work of sailing and bought a Trawler to retire on and  Rolling Trawler - Sailors consider catamaran motor yachtshead south. After a big send off party in Annapolis on Thursday, he headed out with his new wife, Julie. (This was about to be a short marriage!) 2 days out he called me and related, ” We were rocking and rolling down the bay and I was a Flopper Stoppers - Sailors consider catamaran motor yachtslittle surprised, but “Turtle” appeared to be sea-worthy so far. It was when we headed into the ditch that the short-comings became obvious. The first big power boat  that went by, created a wake that caused me to slide off the helm seat, and Julie to hold on for dear life. The second, even larger wake, caused all the china to fly out of the cabinets and crash to the floor.”

Mike called me that night and asked me  to send more china and latches for the cabinets. The subsequent installation of “Flopper stoppers” (abvove right) did little to help, and much to slow the boat down even more. (not to mention the time, crossing the Gulf Stream where they went airborne and became a missile that crashed through the side cabin window.) Sadly a few months later, Julie headed back to Illinois, and the boat went on the for sale block.


There must be a better way?

There is. It’s called the Catamaran Motor Yacht.

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Click the image for a video of a proper cruising catamaran. The MY 44 by Fountaine Pajot

The advantages come about because of the catamaran hull form. (Be careful here and be sure the design isn’t just a sailing catamaran without a mast–the hull form is totally different!)

The individual, rather narrow hulls go through the water much more efficiently, with less wave making and drag and without being thrown around by the seas. The inherent design characteristics, with widely spaced hulls, which have plenty of buoyancy, offer unbelievable stability. So, no more rolling. No pounding. The more efficient hull form means smaller, more fuel efficient engines can push this easily driven hull, when properly designed with planing surfaces aft, at Motor Yacht Speeds, with Trawler like fuel efficiency.

The larger platform afforded by a catamaran with plenty of volume in the hulls and a cabin that spans them, means that a 44′ Power Cat has the room of a 50′ monohull powerboat. But, the cost per cubic ft. is similar or less.  The operating costs are far less, while you can now achieve speeds of up to 30K.

The boat is easier to handle and more comfortable with at least 3 areas of on-deck living spaces–forward, aft and on the bridge–isn’t that why you’re out there anyway? To enjoy the outdoors and the sea. To know your boat will take you where your dreams lead–way further than a 50 mile circle around your home port. Dream. Explore. Prepare to be exhilarated. And, do it all easily. With no big crew or muscle bound gorillas needed.

If you’re still years away from retiring, but want to start getting some experience in now…

Consider the Business Yacht Ownership approach for catamaran Motor Yachts. Demand is soaring. Get in on the ground floor and build equity on your boat with tax advantages and income as you look forward to having more time to spend on it. Explore the concept to see if this is right approach for you. Over 800 others have already used this approach to achieve the ultimate retirement plan.

Sailboats are also easier than ever today. Catamaran sailboats with comfort built in have taken much of the work out of sailing.

Today’s sailboats are easier than ever to sail short handed. A well positioned control cockpit at deck level where one person can handle everything with electric winches and blue tooth instruments helps. There are many innovations to make it easier, but if you are a sailor and find you just don’t have as much time as you would like to reach your destination, or the inclination to do the extra work required to sail. If you just want to sit back a little and enjoy life. A modern, catamaran motor yacht like the Fountaine Pajot 37, 44, 50 (coming) or 55 may be just the ticket…

Contact us today for full details and pricing.

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