Multihulls vs. Monohulls: Advantages
A year ago we issued the post comparing monohulls and multihulls. There was much argument for and against. In comparison, we viewed an average monohull boat of 10-12 meters long and our Pacifico Voyager 99. During this time we has acquired many new followers, therefore we decided to update the information in the light of new experiences and share it with you.
We selected 6 characteristics usually taken into account while choosing the boat to share the conclusions.
Space on the board
- The monohull construction narrows to the bow therefore it has less space.
+ Thanks to the construction on two floats, the monohull is wider than a multihull and it doesn’t narrow to the bow. It fairly has more space.
- A monohull has one or 2 engines only which are situated close together. It means the controlling in a tight space is limited by the wheel only and requires assistants.
+ A multihull has 2 wide-set engines – one on each float. They allow turning right on the spot and berthing without help.
- A monohull boat of any size is extremely vulnerable to pitching. Items fall off the table during movement.
+ Pacifico modes are designed for severe conditions therefore they have narrow floats cutting oncoming waves by two sharp stems and a high bridge to protect against shots. You can set sail when the waves are up to 4 meters; the glass of water keeps the liquid inside.
Master cabin size
- Master cabins in Multihulls are less than in Monohulls. Therefore, if you need a king-size bed with passages from both sides it is better to have a Monohull.
+ In Multihulls up to 12-15 meters long cabins are situated in floats and limited width – a passage to the bed is only on one side. But in the Multihulls of bigger size master cabins are placed on the main deck.
- A multihull is always wider than a monohull of the same length therefore it requires more place in yacht club and its parking is more expensive
+ Parking of Monohulls is cheaper than the parking of Multihulls. They require less space.
- The hull of a monohull fully comes into contact with water therefore the more surface wetting, the more a resistance force. Consequently, a monohull requires more energy and therefore more engine power and fuel for movement.
+ A multihull comes into contact with water with floats surface only and the bridge is situated above sea level. Floats of a multihull are narrow, less resistance and it glides easily. Therefore, a multihull requires less engine power, consequently, it is faster and more cost-effective.
Advantages of Multihulls
- High maneuverability
- Good seaworthiness
- Low fuel consumption
- Large master cabin
- Cheap parking