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Catamaran Hire Whitsundays

Catamaran hire in the Whitsundays is quickly becoming a favourite holiday idea not only for Australians, but also international visitors. The traditional monohulls or yachts are now more likely to be booked by the die hard sailors and as a lot of the visitors sailing the Whitsundays are families or groups of couples looking to cruise the islands, catamaran hire is becoming increasingly popular. 

So why is catamaran hire becoming more popular in the Whitsundays?

Size and space – Catamarans tend to have more space including larger cabins and more cockpit/saloon space for socialising, dining and lounging around taking in the spectacular surroundings of the Whitsundays. They also have huge forward deck space with tramps for sunbaking

Layout – Catamarans have saloons with a view! Catamarans are equipped with a lounge with large windows, as compared to looking through portholes

Saloon galleys - (galley upstairs allowing for cool breezes to flow through whilst you cook) and level saloon/cockpits for combined space

Stability – Hiring a catamaran means you can experience level sailing, which is great for the less experienced, young families, more mature charterers and even those that are prone to sea sickness!

Draft – Catamarans don’t have keels, so they can anchor closer to islands and beaches!

Storage – Catamarans have much more storage than monohulls

Twin hulls – Catamarans ensure a little more privacy compared to the traditional monohulls. Whether it’s family groups, couples or groups with crew, the twin hull format provides a level of privacy and personal space which can be of great benefit to some! Twin hulls also split the movement of traffic, providing comparative ease of movement

Width - Catamarans are a lot wider than monohulls which means more space for trolling lines or fishing when at anchor!

Which Catamaran is best for you?

Once you've decided to hire a catamaran for your Whitsunday charter, the next question is which catamaran is best for you?

There are a few different sizes, brands and layouts to choose from. Sailing catamarans in the Whitsundays range in size from 33ft up to 46ft and brands include Beneteau Lagoon, Fountaine Pajot, Fusion, Grainger,  Leopard, Lightwave, Montebello, Perry, Seawind and Tasman.

Generally, the most compelling difference between the design of catamarans is whether the galley (kitchen) is in the hull or in the saloon (lounge/dining area). There are advantages to both layouts.

The advantages of a saloon galley (upstairs) include keeping the social space together - food and drink preparation under sail can allow the conversation to continue! There's also the advantages of the ventilation, natural lighting and the view - it's lovely to be looking at the scenery when on kitchen duty! 

The advantages of a level cockpit and saloon is you can bring the outdoors in! The Seawinds have a unique design where the saloon and cockpit are level and have large fold up doors. Think of a Queenslander style home with a big deck opening out from the living area.

Need more information on catamaran hire in the Whitsundays? See here for information on itinerary, weather, inclusions, experience requirements etc

Still not sure which catamaran would suit you best? Search through all the available catamarans in the Whitsundays here or give us a call and speak to a specialist!