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At your disposal the best yachts of  the Royal Level which are located in the most popular holiday destinations around the world all year round, including hotel reservations, private jet charter and car rental worldwide.

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Join SAIL staffers in a side-by-side comparison of a 33-foot catamaran and a 37-foot monohull.


Are apples better than oranges? Is Coke better than Pepsi? Any answer will depend on personal preferences. The same holds true in the catamaran-versus-monohull debate. Each has its pros and cons.

Generally speaking, a cruising catamaran has more interior volume and better offwind speed potential than a monohull of similar size. On the other hand, many cruising monohulls have superior upwind performance. Monohulls heel. Cats don’t—a selling point for many people. Many catamarans are shoal-water friendly, while most monohulls are constricted by deeper draft. A monohull will tell you through excessive heeling and weather helm that it’s overcanvased and will provide a sensation of acceleration, while some cats give this information only through the instruments.

Many cruising cats have a bridgedeck saloon that’s directly connected with the action in the cockpit; monohulls have accommodations inside the hull. The helm stations on some cats have visibility issues; most monohull helm stations have excellent visibility. Cats have wide, flat decks and seem to have unlimited deck space; by comparison, a monohull’s deck space is more limited.

To see how these differences played out in an actual cruising situation, we looked for a production monohull and a catamaran with similar volumes and similar prices the kind of boats many people buy for coastal cruising.

The 33-foot, 6-inch Gemini 105Mc catamaran and the 37 foot Beneteau 373 monohull met our criteria, so we set off for a few days of late-fall cruising on Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay to compare the apple and the orange. We put both boats through the exact same situations. Here’s what we found








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