We are often asked to prepare a range of catamaran comparisons on similar size catamarans to find the best fit for every charter party.
I have below briefly listed the differences and features of each brand, although these differ from model to model and over the size range, so a very basic guide:
French built, Lagoon make up approximately 60% of the world’s production of catamarans, so dominate – the reason being design and ergonomics, with more volume and light. Generally do not sail as well but this is not the major prerequisite for most charterers.
French built; with moveable centreboards these are the catamarans that sail the best, lighter with carbon build and mostly with standard gennakers. Our hard-core monohull sailors enjoy the performance, however the compromise is less space for overall length so often an ever larger model is desired.
French built, somewhere in the middle of Lagoon and Catana’s and a good balance of performance and space. FP is an up and coming brand, winning more market share at around 15% of production catamarans built.
South African brand, designed specifically for charter – some would argue that they do not have the finish or French flair, although again not generally an issue on charter. Unique features of a forwarded cockpit which makes the main saloon smaller but a great feature that charterers use a lot and enjoy.
French built, relatively new player from the Catana yard, with a focus on comfort and space. Innovative designs with extending electric folding rear door to make larger saloon or large cockpit. Bali catamarans have a unique full size 2 door domestic fridge, a favourite feature on the 45’ and larger.
German built and part of the Bavaria group. Nautitech have focused on outdoor living with larger cockpits and smaller main saloon, so great good weather boats, which is when you should be chartering anyway. Generally perform very well.
You can use this link to a range of bare boat catamarans available for charter or as a guide for your own catamaran comparisons.