Posted on July 5 2019, by Els Kraakman.
If you thought that sailing a catamaran was out of your price range then think again! Our 2 brand new 2019 Lagoon 380s – Mr. T and Daiquiri – are extremely affordable and will be available this summer in Croatia until October for only $4,800 a week. They will both be back in the BVI from December to April from $5400 per week to $6800 per week in high season.
This beautifully designed catamaran may be the smallest is our fleet but is surprisingly spacious! With 4 cabins and 2 heads she is perfect for a 8 guests and with the convertible salon table she could even take 10! In each hull you will find a queen and a double cabin with a shared bathroom.
The Lagoon 380 is built to the highest standards. She is rated rated CE Category A (Ocean) – hundreds have crossed the Atlantic and some have even completed circumnavigations.
WHY CHARTER A CATAMARAN VS A MONOHULL?
First on the list of personal multi-hull characteristics is spaciousness. More cabins, larger salon area and more extensive areas for sunbathing then on the monohull of the same length. If you prefer comfort and more space, multihulls are your go-to yachts for sailing vacations.
Large net areas on the bow of a boat are providing you with unique feeling while lying on them during your sailing trip or when soaking up the sun while anchored in a lovely bay.
With all that additional width, cockpit areas on multihulls are offering massive amounts of space making them ideal for a large family meal or an exclusive party area.
Multi-hulls are offering more stability which is ideal for families with kids – especially while walking around the yacht since all areas are more extensive than on a monohull yacht. There is no heeling under a 25° angle when the sails are up, so boat guests can enjoy and even prepare their food and drinks while sailing.
Catamarans are in most of the sailing conditions faster than monohulls, because of their hulls which are less immersed in the water and have a smaller area in the water to create drag. Multihulls are unusually fast when sailing downwind for reasons just mentioned above. When sailing downwind they are faster than monohulls, but when they are cruising windward, close hauling mono-hulls are usually faster.
Maneuvering & Docking
Two engines propel multihulls. Two engines can be significant in case of emergency when one of the engines fails, but they are also great for maneuvering in tight spaces. Two engines are enabling the skipper to rotate the yacht for practically 360 degrees at one point, meaning very little maneuvering space is necessary for a large and wide yacht to dock.
MAKING THE JUMP TO A CATAMARAN
If you have not sailed a catamaran before, this doesn’t have to stop you. Once you have experience as captain on a similar sized monohull, we can send you out with a checkout captain on your first day.
The captain will help you get used to the twin engines, and maneuvering the 2 hulls, and most likely by the end of the day you will find it so much easier than a monohull. The checkout captain will make sure the captain and crew are all clued up on all hoisting the sails, trimming the sheets, tacking, jibing and flaking the sails, along with anchoring, mooring and docking the vessel.
It’s a really useful service to help you get to know the boat, get comfortable and really get the most out of your vacation from day one.