Imagine yourself at the helm of your own private catamaran, you have your favourite tunes blasting out of the cockpit speakers, your next destination is in sight... However, your crew is ready to mutiny as you didn't pick the right catamaran!
With a variety of models, how do you know which is the right catamaran for you. Here are our tips on what you should consider when choosing the right catamaran for you and your crew.
If your group wants to save their pennies to spend at the bar, consider an older boat. These well-maintained yachts are equipped with Air-conditioning on shore power and generator, plenty of space, and extra features such as flybridge or coachroof seating.
Moko Jumbie - Leopard 46 (2011)
Southern Charm - Lagoon 450F (2015)
Our catamarans come in a few different layouts - Maestro version where one hull is dedicated entirely to the owner's cabin, Quatro version with 4 cabins and either 2/4 heads, and Quintet version with 5 cabins and 5 heads. Your choice will depend on how many people you are travelling with, if they need their own cabins, and if they are comfortable sharing a head.
Island Life - FP Lucia 40 (2017), 3 cabin 3 head
Champs Elysees - FP Saona 47 (2020), 5 cabin 5 heads
As well as accomodation space, you must consider the outdoor space on deck. Catamarans come with various deck configurations. You can choose from yachts with bow seating areas, covered forward cockpit with access from the saloon, flybridge seating, or coach roof seating. Some catamarans come with fridges and others with a mini galley set up in their aft cockpit!
Mirabella - Bali 4.2 (2022), walkthrough leading to forward cockpit
Ciao for Now - Lagoon 46 (2021), flybridge with hard-top bimini
There is an old saying that if two yachts sail together then you have a race. If you are keen to win that race, make sure you have the right yacht. Leopard 48 has a really fast hull shape and has seen to do around 12 knots in the right conditions. The FP Helia 44 Evolution has been seen to do 9+ knots when the conditions are just right.
Amused - Leopard 48 (2018)
Full Moon II - FP Helia 44 Evolution (2017)
5. Other things
Other things you might wish to consider are equipment on board such as electric heads, dinghy davits versus hydraulic dinghy platform, and watermakers.
In summary, make sure to do your research and find the catamaran that is the right fit for you and your crew. The Conch Sales Team is available anytime via email to answer your questions and help you find the right catamaran for your next BVI Yacht Charter.