Catamarans are a hot topic in sailing circles
these days, and why not? Even the America's cup has gone multihull.
People discover during their research that cruising catamarans
have as much as 50% more room than a monohull of the same boat
length, they are bright and airy, do not heel (lean) under sail
and are incredibly stable both at anchor and under way. In other
words, these boats are a lot more comfortable than a comparable
sailing monohull and women love them. So why isn't everyone
In asking around in various marinas over the years, I've discovered almost everyone is aware of a catamaran's benefits and that the main factor limiting catamaran ownership seems to be their price tags.
Catalac Catamarans are affordable, a solid boat design, and good choice for anyone's next boat. With 600 cruising catamarans built, Catalac Catamarans are a boat building success story and are very well known in Europe, yet not so much in America. This makes them a hidden gem in today's boat marketplace, and one of the best values available in cruising catamarans today.
We consider these pages a Catalac information resource for American Sailors as the rest of the world seems to be a bit ahead of Americans in this category. Bottom line, this website is worth your time if you're interested in reading about what I would call 'Affordable Cruising Catamarans', as we've put together info to help people who are serious in locating the right boat and there's no hidden agenda.
Catalac Catamarans are the only small catamarans crossing the Atlantic these days (Catalac 900 S/V Horizons 2013), and the S/V Angel Louise (2012) a Catalac 12M crossing from Florida to England.
Although Catalac Catamarans are older, and by todays standards, smaller boats than what you see offered in newer boat models. they were built to sail the North Sea by Tom Lack, a legendary builder of British catamarans. The boats were built with double thick fiberglass hulls and are much stronger by design than newer boats.
Some years ago when I dug deep into the realm of pre owned Cruising Catamarans, Catalac catamarans surprised me by quickly rising to the top of the proverbial list. Their solid fiberglass hulls are a design feature which probably has something to do with the reason almost all of these boats are still sailing and some are crossing Oceans to this day, and why they age so gracefully.
It also would be fair to say that they just don't build them like this any more. Catalacs are built with thicker hulls, thicker decks and cabins, as well as sturdier masts and rigging than the Caribbean boats. They simply have more "in" them and therefor age very gracefully. This graceful aging becomes very apparent when shopping for a catamaran and coming across any Catalac in local boat yards. They still look fantastic compared to all alternatives. So good in fact, that more than one American has traveled to England, found a Catalac, and brought her back to America. There just aren't that many comparable stories.
More on Catalac Catamarans
I have to comment on one popular
option explored by many people when boat shopping and that's having a look at ex charter
boats which have recently come out of charter. As a rule, we
advise caution with these Catamarans as they have the wrong
boat layout (there aren't many couples we know who require 4
bedrooms and 4 baths). In addition many of these boats require
significant refits which could add $ tens of thousands, or even
more, to their 'bargain price'. Not to mention the hundreds
of hours of work they'll require to put them back in shape.
Almost all charter boats are owned not by the charter company, but by private owners. They buy the boat, and deliver the boat to the charter company where it spends at least the first 5 years of it's life. Yeah, we know all about the sales pitch the Charter companies put out there about how they will repair and upgrade these boats. However, we know the actual boat owners and feel their pain when they get their charter boats back after the 5 year contract. Let's just say the charter companies were a little optimistic when they sold the boat owner the concept.
This website has both builder and boat information
and I'd suggest you take some time, flip through the pages here,
and learn about a solid boat design which has withstood the
test of time. Catalac Catamarans, which survived the worst recorded
storm at sea earning these boats their well deserved reputation
as one of the best built boats in the world. Surveyors have been known to refer
to Catalacs as the Hinckley of Cruising Catamarans (for those
of you who aren't familiar with the term ...it's not an insignificant
Catamaransite.com is a hobby of mine and as such it's grown reluctantly or rather strictly as needed over the years. For example, the ' Catamaran For Sale Page. began as 1 catamaran ad to help a marina mate sell his boat, now it's grown into a multiple pages of boat advertisements ranked pretty high on the internet for "catamarans for sale by owner".
Since this website is a hobby, edits are done in brief bursts. Proof reading is sometimes sacrificed as the Admiral insists we lead a normal life. So, at times, mistakes are made on these pages. If you spot one, please email and let us know.
Catalac Research Notes page is a collection of thoughts on how I arrived at the decision to select a Catalac 8M as my first cruising catamaran. If you're curious about these boats, it's worth reading as there's some good information on that page concerning Catalac Catamarans. If not, feel free to explore the other pages. I enjoy receiving emails from readers, and if I'm able, I'll also answer questions on the boats via email.
For those who enjoy technical discussions (and videos), you'll find the Propeller drag test (under sail) very interesting, and if considering a Catalac purchase, Catalac boat inspection is a must read. If you are fortunate to own a Catalac catamaran, you might want to have a look at the Builder's Updates page where a collection of Builder warnings are posted.
This site is now more than 60 pages of Catalac information, and more than another 100 pages of Catamaran boat Advertisements. take your time and look around. The next logical web page might be.....Catalac Research Notes . ahhh never mind, go ahead and look at some boats for sale...
Lastly, let me say that the author of these pages is not a boat broker nor does he sell anything boat related for a living. Hopefully, the reader will appreciate this website as sailing resource, as the information it contains is thecollection of information resulting from a search for my 1st Cruising Catamaran purchase in 2005. If you are planning on buying a boat, this site might save you a considerable amount of money and lead to years of happy sailing.
My name is Rick, and I live in Florida. This is my boat, the S/V Catalpa