Choosing the right bareboat for your Whitsunday Island Charter is something the team at Charter Yachts Australia would love to help you with.  When you are planning a yacht charter the kind of boat you choose can make all the difference… a yacht, sailing catamaran, or power catamaran?

Finding the right boat for your charter depends on many factors such as are you sailing together with your family or your friends, will it be a long charter or a short one, do you have experience in sailing or not.  For this reason, at Charter Yachts Australia we would like to give some information on the different vessels to make your choice easier.


Are much more stable than monohulls as they don’t heel or lean over.  This can be a bonus for families, people with restricted mobility or large groups.  They are also much more stable at anchor with a more fluid movement.

Catamarans are much wider than mono-hulls and therefore provide enormous aft cockpits which follow through to the saloon area.  In the Whitsunday tropical climate this is an enormous plus because charterers tend to spend the majority of their time in the cockpit, dining, reading and relaxing.  This makes entertaining a breeze.

In general catamarans also offer bigger refrigeration and freezer space allowing you to provision for a week or more.  Cooking is much easier on a catamaran underway and more pleasant as you are looking out to the view and not “down below.”  Most catamarans do not have gimballed stoves and ovens because they don’t need them.

Catamarans can offer more privacy than monohulls as the twin hulls, and the cabins and heads within them are far away from each other.

Catamarans will sail very quickly on a reach, the disadvantage is they won’t sail to windward like a monohull, so you sail a great distance to arrive at your destination but at a much higher speed.

Catamarans are much wider than monohulls making them more susceptible to windage in gusty conditions, possibly causing problems when picking up moorings, anchoring and berthing.  More to the point, a catamaran lacks a deep keel to prevent leeway – watch where you have been as well as where you are going.

Catamarans have small keels, propellers and rudders under the water which will still be damaged by impact with the sea bed.

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