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Ft. Lauderdale, FL, United States, 2005/11/22 - In recent years catamarans have been growing in popularity. The exception in North America is how they have been embraced in the commercial ferry and passenger vessel industry where catamarans are everywhere
Catamaran Motor Yachts, although still relatively new to the traditional US power boat market, are accepted and entrenched in most other areas of the world.
The exception in North America is how they have been embraced in the commercial ferry and passenger vessel industry where catamarans are everywhere.
In one way it can be said that “every sailing cat with auxiliary engines is, in effect, a power cat with a rig and set of sails”. However, today's modern power cats are designed as power cats from the keel up. The Lagoon 43 is an excellent example of this.
For some it is a natural progression - from sailing to power, as one grows older and does not want to deal with the rig and sails the ease of just powering becomes evident. Power cats are much easier to deal with than their sailing cousins. They are easier to operate because of no sails, mast, or rigging.
Power cats are also easier to maneuver with the engines located much farther apart and they are way more efficient under power, requiring less horsepower with better speeds and longer range.
There is also no comparison when it comes to the traditional monohull powerboat. Power cats are much more stable, which translates into safety and comfort; have lots more space both inside and outside, which also adds to the comfort and onboard privacy.
Additionally, a catamaran's shallower draft means better access to more places and if one does go aground (and don't we all…) the cat will stay upright and level and simply can not fall over on it's side, like the standard powerboat.
We, at the Catamaran Group, specialize in catamarans – both power and sail – and can help immeasurably with the many factors that are different between the many choices of power cat designs and models.