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10 Best Catamarans for 2023

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Catamarans have taken the boating world by storm, becoming the fastest-growing segment, with both sail and power cats dominating the market. Some of the best catamarans have been launched in the past 12 months! Let us introduce you to five power catamarans and five sail multihulls, and then let us get you on the water with one! Here are the ten best catamarans for 2023 :

  • World Cat 260 CCX 
  • Four Winns TH36 
  • Leopard 40 PC 
  • Aquila 42 PC 
  • HammerCat 45 
  • Fountaine Pajot Tanna 47 
  • Bali 4.4 

Balance 442

  • Minicat 310 

Find the market’s hottest catamarans for half-day and full-day rent 

Power Catamarans:

World cat 260 ccx.


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The sixth model in the builder’s center console line , the World Cat 260 CCX , is compact but packed with features, including a wraparound U-lounge for relaxing or casting, a 30-gallon live well, a 120-quart insulated fish box and twin 200-hp outboards that draw on 180 gallons of fuel. This is a small but serious fishing machine.

Four Winns TH36

Four Winns TH36

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The new Four Winns TH36 is the first outboard-powered catamaran introduced by the builder. The dual console design has a walkthrough windshield and room for 15 or more guests. Power is provided by twin 300-hp outboards upgradeable to 350s, making this runabout speedy and fun.

Leopard 40 PC

Leopard 40 PC

Joining her 46- and 53-foot siblings, the new Leopard 40 PC is a couple’s cruiser with many of the same features as the two larger models but on a much smaller (and for some, more approachable) platform. Engine packages range from 250 hp to 370 hp, and a top speed of 20 knots is expected.

Aquila 42 PC

Aquila 42 PC

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The new 42 falls in the middle of the Aquila range and offers two staterooms, multiple sunbeds, a utility cabin , and numerous layout configuration options. She has engines from Volvo Penta and a spacious flybridge with steps that lead directly down to the foredeck for easy maneuvering.

HammerCat 45

HammerCat 45

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The new HammerCat 45 is versatile and can work as a sportfish platform, a dive boat, a day cruiser, or a superyacht tender. This center console has a hardtop and a Carolina bow and is built in epoxy and carbon fiber to keep weight down and performance up. Expect a 55- knot top end and a 30-knot cruise depending on the engine package selected. 

Sailing Catamarans:

Fountaine pajot tanna 47.

Fountaine Pajot Tanna 47

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This French-built sailing cruiser has space in spades. The new FP Tanna 47 is based on (and shares a hull design with) her predecessor, the Saona 47, but clever tweaks have made this a whole new boat. The cabin house and deck have been revamped, the flybridge is 40% larger, the salon/ galley has gained storage options, and the helm is more ergonomic than before.

Bali 4.4

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Bali has captured the hearts of sailors who love lots of living space, large household-style appliances, and simplicity. Bali cats are unique for their combination salon/ cockpit layout, and the 4.4 joins her siblings in this groundbreaking design. With the touch of a button, a “garage door” lifts, connecting the indoors with the outdoors with minimum redundancy in living arrangements.

balance 442

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Fast and packed with proven cruising features, the Balance 442 is the little sister to last year’s 482. Perfectly sized for couples, this boat was designed for distance cruisers by distance cruisers. There’s even an option for a large solar array to make living at anchor easy and just about carbon neutral.

Lagoon 55

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French catamaran builder, Lagoon, has introduced a new VPLP-designed cruising cat that you can test in charter soon. The Lagoon 55 slots just above the newly introduced 51and are offered as a large and comfortable flybridge model with up to six cabins to accommodate an overnight crowd. 

Minicat 310

Minicat 310

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Not all cats are of the large, expensive fiberglass variety. An affordable multihull can be had in Europe’s Minicat 310 Sport, an inflatable beach cat weighing only 77 pounds and packing down into a single bag. This cat has sophisticated big boat features like roller furling, a fully battened mainsail, keels, and an attachment for a small outboard.

Find catamarans for rent— NEAR YOU

These models, representing some of the best catamaran brands on the market today, are pretty new, so there aren’t many out there yet, but if you get a chance to step aboard one, you won’t be disappointed. One way to potentially test one is via a peer-to-peer boat-sharing service like Boatsetter that pairs owners, who can offset boat ownership costs, with charters, who can enjoy luxury boats without the long-term commitment. 

Check out the hottest boats in the market at Boat Types , and scroll through Boat Guises to find your next boating destination . Keep your eyes peeled to catch one of these ten amazing catamarans on the water!

About Boatsetter 

Boatsetter is a unique boat-sharing platform that gives everyone — whether you own a boat or you’re just renting — the chance to experience life on the water. You can list a boat , book a boat , or make money as a captain . 

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Zuzana Prochazka is an award-winning freelance journalist and photographer with regular contributions to more than a dozen sailing and powerboating magazines and online publications including Southern Boating, SEA, Latitudes & Attitudes and SAIL. She is SAIL magazines Charter Editor and the Executive Director of Boating Writers International. Zuzana serves as judge for SAIL’s Best Boats awards and for Europe’s Best of Boats in Berlin. 

A USCG 100 Ton Master, Zuzana founded and manages a flotilla charter organization called Zescapes that takes guests adventure sailing at destinations worldwide. 

Zuzana has lived in Europe, Africa and the United States and has traveled extensively in South America, the islands of the South Pacific and Mexico. 

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2023 Boat Buyers Guide: Catamarans

  • By Karl Anderson
  • December 27, 2022

Catamaran spinning circles

The popularity of the multihull (aka catamaran or cat) fishing boats has never been greater, as more and more boatbuilders enter this growing segment of the market. The inherent stability of the catamaran design rolls less with the seas, making fishing offshore less tiresome and more comfortable. Available from 20 to 48 feet, catamarans typically offer a large fishing platform with generous storage and fishing amenities. They are available in a wide variety of deck layouts, including center-consoles, dual-consoles, and even pilothouse and express variants.

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The large deck area of a catamaran enables many large underdeck storage lockers and insulated fish boxes in the sponsons. This gives anglers ample room for gear and the day’s catch. The catamaran’s stability, fishability, and smooth ride in rough seas make it attractive to anglers as well as day-cruisers. A center-console version adds 360 degrees of angler access to the rail. With the dual-console design, generous seating behind a beam-to-beam windshield makes for a great family fishing-friendly setup.

Live bait is one of the most popular types of fishing in virtually every coastal zone. To do it successfully requires optimal water capacity and proper flow. The minimum size of the outflow water plumbing should be twice the size of the inflow. The plumbing should have a drain at the bottom to shed scales at the end of the day, as well as a drain at the top of the well to adjust capacity and allow overflow. Above-deck transom-mounted wells should fully flood to the lids when running to keep baits from getting beat up. 

Tip: A sump box with multiple pumps in case a pump fails is the best setup for first-rate livewells. Conveniently located inflow and outflow valves make it easy to optimize the flow without tiring your bait from swimming too much in the well. 

Catamaran helm

Rod Storage

Having enough rod holders is essential to be successful for opportunity fishing. Look for vertical rod storage along the console and across the back of the T-top. Many models also have rod holders along the outboard transom wall. Having plenty of gunwale rod holders for drift- and kite-fishing is helpful. 

Tip: Placing adjustable swivel rod holders by Gemlux makes deep-dropping, lure-fishing and drifting even easier because they allow your rods to face the direction the baits are fishing, yet they can be swiveled back to keep rods from sticking out of the boat while running and docking. 

Manufacturers often offer multiple choices for horsepower, but whatever the choice, the engines must come in pairs. For example, you might order twin outboards (one for each sponson) or four outboards (two for each sponson), but single- or triple-outboard configurations are not common on a cat. Optimal selection should be made based on user load, weight of the boat, ride comfort , performance desires, and best case for resale. It’s a rare day when you can run wide open, but having more horsepower gives better torque at slower speeds and thus better control. Running larger engines slower gives better fuel efficiency too.

Tip: When possible, choose the highest horsepower offered because it typically leads to a better resale value with a shorter sales cycle. 

Power steering from engine manufacturer Optimus or SeaStar is essential with the higher horsepower required for larger boats, and it makes installing and operating the upper station in a tower far more practical and comfortable.

With the power demands of electronics, livewell pumps, stereo amps and more, it is wise to have at least two house batteries, and for larger boats, a third or fourth with a multibank charger for dockside. Each engine should have its own dedicated battery as well. 


Typically choosing the largest screen or multiple screens that will fit on the console is best-case scenario for ease of use, ergonomics, and visibility. VHF radios, stereo controller, and equipment switches for lighting, pumps, and accessories should all be integrated with greatest visibility and ease of operator reach. 

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A Tale of Two Hulls 

A catamaran rides on pair of hulls, or sponsons, each thinner and sharper than  that of a similarly sized monohull boat. The narrow sponsons of the cat tend to slice easily through water to deliver a smooth ride, even in rough seas. At the same time, with the sponsons positioned out to the sides of the boat, cats tend to roll less, thus providing great stability to enhance crew comfort, security and safety. However, cats tend to corner more flatly than a monohull, and some hulls (but not all) tend to lean outward versus inward during a turn.

Catamaran running

Experts Say

Newer designs such as Invincible’s Morelli and Melvin-designed semi-asymmetrical sponsons eliminate some of the negatives of the cat design, such as “sneezing,” where water sprays out the front of the boat when hitting a wave. They’ve also controlled the uncomfortable “outboard lean” ­sensation common in older designs when in a turn. Once transitioned to a ­catamaran, many become true believers and preach the benefits of the design.

Editor Says: Saltwater fishing cats not only offer superb stability and smooth ride, but some also display exceptional speed and range. I recall one trip out of Key West, Florida, aboard an Invincible 40 Cat with four 350 hp outboards to the Dry Tortugas. It was a 60-mile run, and we made it there in 70 minutes. We caught more fish than our arms could bear, and then dashed back to Key West, arriving in time for cocktail hour on the same day. -Jim Hendricks, Staff Editor, Boating and Fishing Group

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17 Best Catamarans for Sailing Around the World

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Catamarans are quickly outstripping single-hull boats for long-distance journeys. They are more stable and comfortable , and some can travel more than 200 miles in a day. In today’s article, I have put together a complete (well almost) list of some of the best catamarans for circumnavigating the planet; the question is, which one is best for you?

The best catamarans for sailing around the world include: 

  • The Fountaine Pajot Ipanema 58

These cats focus on speed, safety, and comfort for longer journeys. 

This article will show you the seventeen best catamarans for long journeys, and why they’re the best. You’ll also learn some great tips on what to look for in a Catamaran and how to save money by buying a used catamaran. Let this list be a jumping-off point for your future research!

Pro-tip; here are the actual costs of maintaining a cat and here are considerations on how to circumnavigate .

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The Best Catamarans for Sailing Around the World 

A catamaran is a double-hulled boat with a deck or cabin area in between (bluewater cat definition in this article ). The double hull design means that the boat rocks less, sits higher on the water, uses less fuel to sail, and can be sailed in shallower waters than a single-hulled boat without worrying about grounding. 

Catamarans come in a variety of sizes and can be sail-powered or motor-powered and range from single-person sailing boats to family-sized yachts. Every catamaran design is different, and the twin-hull shape offers many ways to customize the layout of a ship. 

Each boat on this list is a larger catamaran (+40ft, more on size here ), so if you’re going to sail around the world, you want lots of space for provisions and rest.

Of course, there are tons of technical specs for each of these boats, but I’m going to focus on the overall features of each of these catamarans, what makes them stand out, and why they would each be an excellent choice for a transatlantic journey. 

Antares 44i 

The Antares 44i is an excellent option for sailing around the world and was explicitly designed for long-distance cruising. It performs well in any weather conditions, can be sailed easily by two people, and you’ll be able to sail long distances and live in comfort. 

Although it can be easily sailed by a crew of two I believe that a true bluewater cat should be set up for single-handed sailing, more on that in another article .

This catamaran features a stateroom on each hull and a forward cabin with plenty of storage space. The living and entertainment features include a flatscreen tv and a high-end deck speaker system. 

With this model, Antares dedicates itself to high-quality boats with optimal rigging and engine configurations. 

Atlantic 42

Atlantic is no longer building this catamaran, but there are usually a few pre-owned boats on the market. You can also get it made custom if you love the design, but be prepared to spend more money on a custom boat (custom boat also gets custom problems ;)). 

The Atlantic 42 is slightly smaller than some of the other catamarans on this list but is a seaworthy vessel. 42 ft is what most sailors I interview ( in this article ) said was the smallest cat to safely cross big oceans. It is also a decent size to counter the risk of capsizing (more on that here ).

It has a forward cockpit and pilothouse, which gives the owner a better use of space and makes the boat easier to navigate. With single-handed capability, one person can sail it easily and let the rest of the crew relax. 

One of the best-praised aspects of the Atlantic 42 is its galley, more extensive than most 42-footers (12.8-meter) can offer. 

One of the few 50 footers (15.24 meters) that can be sailed by just one person (many would of course disagree on this).

The Catana 50 is a catamaran worthy of an overseas journey. Its size adds to its stability on the open waters and its ability to sail straight through the choppy ocean and windy conditions. 

The Catana is also incredibly spacious on the inside, with substantial cabins and showers. The biggest downside to the Catana 50 is its price, as it’s much more expensive than most of its competitors. 

Catana also holds up well against some of the fastest cruising cats out there, here’s a list of the fastest cruisers if you are interested in that.

However, if you can find a gently-used Catana 50, you can rest assured that this boat will last! 

The Dolphin 42 is unique because of the use of daggerboards instead of fixed keels. This upgrade means that the boat has some pretty decent upwind performance while at the same time being faster downwind.

Centerboards and daggerboards offer some interesting downsides compared to mini keels. This is an interesting discussion and I suggest you read another one of my articles if you want to deepen your knowledge a little.

These catamarans are some of the lightest on the market. Not many Dolphins were made, so they are relatively hard to find. However, if you want a small, lightweight boat capable of going great distances, the Dolphin 42 is an excellent choice. 

Fountaine Pajot Belize 43

The Fountaine Pajot Belize is another well-built cruising yacht. Its core is made of foam instead of balsa, which reduces the risk of structural damage due to a rotten core in case of water intrusion. 

The design of Belize offers many options for customizability, with large open spaces and a combined saloon, navigation, and dinette area. 

There are two styles of Belize catamarans for sleeping quarters. You can either purchase a boat with an entire primary suite on one hull or one with two cabins in each hull. The first option is great if you are sailing the world alone and not expecting many guests, as it increases the storage capacity. 

Understanding what factors to consider when getting a cat can be hard, there are just so many of them (such as the daggerboard discussion above), I have tried to compile some of the most important in this article .

The boat also has wraparound windows to increase the sense of space in the galley. 

Fountaine Pajot Lucia 40

Fountaine Pajot is one of the best sailboat manufacturers existing today, as their boats are well made and highly versatile. The Lucia 40 is no exception – it’s a smaller boat but has a lot of room for moving around and on-board living. 

The living area is remarkably spacious on this catamaran for its size. 

The galley and lounge easily accommodate 6+people. The Lucia 40 doesn’t disappoint when it comes to sailing either, as the narrow hulls slice through choppy waters with ease. 

Most catamarans today are built to withstand rough weather but that doesn’t matter as much if the crew isn’t up for the task, I firmly believe that the most important thing a boat should consist of, is knowledge. Therefore taking online courses ( two free here ) or reading books ( my favorites here ) is imperative.

Gemini 105M

Gemini’s boats have been on the market for years and are solidly built for cruising. This boat is one of the most popular ever made, I personally would consider something different for offshore cruising, but since it has such a good reputation, I felt I had to add it to the list.

If you want to understand why I am hesitant to take this boat around the world, I recommend you read my article: What are trampolines on a catamaran?

The Gunboat 62 is a great catamaran and set the standards for the rest of the impressive Gunboat lineup. It’s sleek and spacious while being robust and capable of transatlantic journeys. You can easily travel the world in a Gunboat 62 with several people and not feel cramped. 

The yacht was made for speed and power and remains one of the fastest catamarans on the market, even rivaling the newer Gunboat models.  GABO

Although the earlier models of the Gunboat 62 weren’t designed for a lot of cargo, you can still find space for everything you need without compromise. 

Lagoon catamarans are known for their reliability and ease of use. If you are considering a catamaran for the first time and are unsure about the technicalities of sailing, a Lagoon boat is a great option. 

The Lagoon 380 is probably the smallest cruiser on this list, which makes it better suited for solo or couple sailing.  

When I go looking to buy something, whether it be a boat, campervan, or whatever, I create a checklist and classify all the things I want either by NEED or NICE to have.

I believe the Lagoon 380 to be sub-optimal for my NEEDS, even though it does check a lot of NICE boxes, there’s a step-by-step article on the NEED and NICE method here .

There are several cabin options available on the Lagoon 380, but if you’re sailing by yourself, you can settle for three cabins and a larger galley and living space. With a smaller cockpit and broader side decks, the Lagoon 380 packs a lot of practicality and ease of sailing into a more compact catamaran. 

If you like the idea of a Lagoon boat but want a little more space, the Lagoon 42 is the upgraded version of the Lagoon 380. With all of the same benefits, it comes with more space for cabins or storage, making it one of the best-selling Lagoons of all time. 

The Lagoon 42 is also a faster cruiser built for strength. While it’s not the fastest on the market, it works well in choppy waters and windy conditions, making it great for the beginning sailor to go on a more extended trip. 

Many people have completed an around-the-world sail with this ship.

Although there is a flybridge version, I would recommend the “open” version due to several factors, some including increased windage and a higher boom. More on flybridges pros and cons here .

For stability, safety, and durability, you can’t beat the Lagoon 42. 

The Leopard 45 performs better with less storage weight because of the relatively low bridge deck clearance. If the boat is fully loaded, you could experience some wave pounding. However, the cockpit is open and airy, with devices that block the sun and provide maximum comfort while sailing. 

The Leopard 45 is an incredibly beautiful boat,   and has a strong reputation for excellent build quality!

Leopard catamarans are one of my personal favorites, as such I have written an entire article about the brand, so if you want to understand its pros and cons then here is the link . Gabo

Designed in South Africa, it features a high rear arch for extra support and very smoothly connected decks. The galley is large and open, and most Leopards offer a four-cabin plan. If you are traveling with another person, this boat is an excellent option for you! 

The Manta 42 is another classic catamaran that you can buy used (at a decent price), as it is an incredibly seaworthy vessel. While still in production, the Manta was one of the most popular catamarans on the market. 

It is still in high demand amongst circumnavigators. Buying a used Manta 42 usually means that you inherit some of the previous owner’s boat upgrades! 

The Manta 42 also made it to my list of the 9 safest catamarans on the market ( link ).

This blue water cat can be sailed by one or two people, making it ideal for liveaboard couples or long-distance shorthanded sailing. The galley is in the saloon ( instead of in one of the hulls ), making the cabins below more spacious and better equipped. 

Overall, the Manta is well equipped for sailing around the world. 

Nautitech 44

Nautitech is an excellent brand of the catamaran, with several different designs per boat. The Nautitech 44 has a unique feature, you can have it with two options for steering: twin wheels or a single wheel.

The Nautitech 44 also features a cockpit on the same level as the saloon. The door between the two is more convenient than a hatch and dramatically reduces the risk of water damage during rain pour. 

This is also the same boat that aeroyacht president Gregor owns, he has offered some great insights into Nautitech in the book Catamarans (amazon link )

Outremer 45

Outremer is famous for being one of the fastest brands of catamarans on the market. If you need speed, the Outremer 45 might be the perfect choice for you. It has a top speed of 16 knots, which is higher than almost every other catamaran of its class. 

While the Outremer 45 is known for speed, it doesn’t compromise on the quality of living. 

You can settle into life on this boat with complete peace of mind. Even as a beginning sailor, the steering is simple and easy to use, and the autopilot is top of the line, so you’ll be able to sail across the ocean in an Outremer without issue. 

Privilege Serie 5

A French-designed catamaran, the Privilege Serie 5 is one of the most comfortable 50-foot (15 m) yachts available. The unique cabin layout includes the master cabin in the boat’s center instead of in one of the hulls. 

The Privilege Serie 5 is also incredibly easy to sail, despite its larger size. 

The sails and controls lead to the helm, where the raised deck makes it easy to see all around the deck. If you want to cross the ocean with a full crew then the Privilege Serie 5 might be perfect for you! 

Seawind 1000

The Seawind 1000 is the smallest boat on this list, measuring 33 feet (10 meters) long altogether. However, this doesn’t mean that it’s not livable. If you are sailing on your own or with a partner, there is more than enough space to live in the Seawind 1000, which includes the option of a centered cabin or two hull cabins. 

Because it’s small, the Seawind 1000 is easy to handle. The mast and sails are all manufactured for extra stability and ease of use. 

Overall, the Seawind 1000 is an excellent example of a simple, safe, and seaworthy catamaran. 

Note: since this is a small catamaran it will also be more sensitive to heavy weather so trip-planning becomes even more important.

The Voyage 44 is one of the oldest cats on this list, having had its hay-day in the mid-1990s. However, this also means that a used Voyage 44 will be cheaper than a newer boat. If you can find a Voyage with previous responsible owners, you will inherit any upgrades and fixes that they’ve made on top of a very seaworthy boat. 

The Voyage 44 has more storage and space than most cruisers of its size and is known for behaving very well in choppy waters. 

This catamaran does its job well while providing adequate space for cooking, sleeping, and living aboard. 

What To Look For in a Long-Distance Cruising Catamaran

If you are planning to sail around the world, you need to be very careful about which kind of catamaran you decide to use. Many of the things you want in a boat really comes down to personal preference, so be sure you know what design preferences you want before you start shopping! 

Size and Payload

The most important thing to consider when buying a catamaran is how much space and cargo you need because the larger the boats are, the bigger the payload it can handle. Decide how long you want the ship to be and how much you’re taking with you. 

It’s vital not to overload a catamaran, this will reduce performance and increase risk of unwanted behavior in heavy seas.

Cabin Placement  

Most catamarans have options for a “Maestro” cabin placement, where one entire hull is the master suite, and the other cabins are located on the opposite hull.

Cockpit and Protection From The Weather

Is the cockpit on the boat you’re looking at covered or open? This can make a difference on the high seas, especially during rainy weather. 

The size of the ship also can affect how many people you need as a crew. If you’re traveling by yourself or with one other person, you don’t want to buy a boat that needs a larger crew. 

Buying Used? 

If you don’t want to spend the money on a brand new catamaran, I don’t blame you. Several of the ships on this list are out of production and can only be found used. However, for circumnavigation, you do want a boat of high quality to keep you safe and dry until you make it to your destination.  

When buying a suitably used catamaran, it’s essential to look at the refit history of the boat more than the year it was made. Catamarans are sturdy, and the general design has been the same for at least the past decade. 

If you find a newer, larger, cheaper boat, you should look into its history. 

Your best bet to save money while buying a catamaran will be to buy an older, probably smaller boat with an excellent refit history and no serious issues. It will still be an investment, and a sturdy used catamaran will serve you well. 

Final Thoughts

No matter which catamaran you decide to buy for your journey, you’ll be able to sail safely and comfortably. Catamarans are great yachts for long-distance sailing, and the ships on this list are the best of the best. These brands are time-tested and ready to accompany you on an adventure around the world! 

Here are Some of My Favorite Catamaran Cruising Resources

Thank you for reading this article. I hope you found it helpful as you hopefully start your sailing adventures. Here are some resources that I use as a sailor that I hope you’ll also find helpful. These are affiliate links, so if you do decide to use any of them, I’ll earn a commission. But in all honesty, these are the exact things that I use and recommend to everyone, even my own family. Sailboats: If you’re looking for the best boat to suit your needs, I would recommend a catamaran. If you’re interested, I can show you the differences between catamarans and other types of sailboats .

Books:  For getting started, I really like  Cruising catamarans made easy . It is actually a textbook from the American sailing association; it is used to get a cruising catamaran certification. There are some other great books, and I have compiled a list of books about cruising catamarans that you will find useful.

Communication:  Being out on adventures, whether it be sailing or climbing mountains, good communications are essential to being safe. I recommend two things Google fi (incredibly simple cellular data all over the world) and Garmin inreach mini (for text and voice in remote areas without cell coverage)

Sailing courses: Online sailing courses are great for beginners starting out their sailing career; it’s an efficient way of learning the basics of navigation, throttle controls, and maritime safety. I suggest starting with two free courses from NauticEd .

To see all my most up-to-date recommendations,  check out this resource  that I made for you!

  • Wikipedia: Catamaran
  • Cruising World: A-Z Best Cruising Catamarans 
  • Dreamy Yacht Sales: Four Best Catamarans for New Buyers
  • Atlantic Cruising: Good Cat/Bad Cat
  • Yachting World: Catamaran Sailing Across the Atlantic
  • Boat Affair: What is a Catamaran? 
  • Nautilus Sailing: Catamaran Sailing

Owner of A minimalist that has lived in a caravan in Sweden, 35ft Monohull in the Bahamas, and right now in his self-built Van. He just started the next adventure, to circumnavigate the world on a Catamaran!

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2024 Boat of the Year: Best Cruising Catamaran Over 50 Feet

  • By Herb McCormick
  • December 15, 2023

Fountaine Pajot Aura 51

It was perhaps fitting that Fountaine-Pajot and Lagoon Catamarans—two longtime pillars in the production catamaran community—came head-to-head for the title of best cruising cat over 50 feet for 2024. Talk about symmetry: Both boats measure in at about 51 feet. A nearly exact price point of just around $1.6 million. Each is produced by one of the pioneering French multihull builders that’s been at the game for decades. In some ways, this matchup was not unlike a heavyweight boxing bout between Ali and Frazier, or a good old-fashioned feud like the Hatfields and McCoys. It was a duel that the judges relished and dreaded because the competition would undoubtedly be close—but there could be only one champ. 

Winner: Fountaine-Pajot Aura 51

During deliberations, judge Mark Pillsbury summarized the overall layout of the Aura 51, a viewpoint shared by his fellow panelists: “A length overall of 51 feet is enough space to give designers options when it comes to how a cruising cat is laid out, and Fountaine-Pajot takes advantage of this by offering a variety of layouts, with up to six cabins in charter mode. The boat we sailed in Annapolis had what they term a ‘double Maestro layout,’ i.e., a master cabin aft in each hull, with guest quarters forward. It would be a boat that two owners might share, sailing separately or together occasionally. I really liked their decision to locate the helm station on the Aura partway between the cockpit and the flybridge, which they called the sky lounge. That way, the skipper stays in contact with guests below and above, and has good visibility astern when docking. I also like the separation between the steering seat and the three winches on the cabin top. Shorthanded, the autopilot can be engaged when the skipper steps forward to trim sails, and with crew, the trimmer has room to work and the skipper room to steer. We had light wind the day we sailed, only about 5 to 8 knots, and the Aura made 4 knots closehauled—a good run for a big, well-stocked cruising cat.

Judge Herb McCormick weighed in: “I really thought that this category was a toss-up. Both boats will be sold to private owners and will also be set up for the charter trade. At the end of the day, what leaned me toward the Aura was that helmsman’s arrangement, centered between the cockpit and the top deck. I loved that big flybridge on the Lagoon, which will be a great space especially on charter, but this is the best ‘cruising’ cat, not best ‘charter’ cat, and that one feature I believe is better-suited to real cruising.”

Runner-up: Lagoon Catamarans 51

Lagoon 52 being tested during Boat of the Year

The French boatbuilding industry is to be applauded for its forward-thinking approach to sustainable building practices and exploring next-generation powering and propulsion systems. Judge Tim Murphy focused in on Lagoon’s approach: “This is largest Lagoon fully intended for owner-operators. Beginning with 55, the next size up in the range, a professional captain is expected to be involved. Lagoon produces 275 boats per year. From this year’s Boat of the Year fleet, Lagoon is at the forefront of carbon-positive materials: 35 percent biomaterial in the polyester resin (compared with 14 percent last year), with hemp fibers employed instead of glass in some of the smaller molded parts. The production plant is certified ISO 9001, 40001, 50001, which is notable for the commitment to sustainable manufacturing.” 

Unlike McCormick, judge Mark Pillsbury liked the Lagoon’s helm station just fine. He said: “The 51 is a big boat, but the layout of the helm station on the flybridge makes the boat simple to operate with a shorthanded crew. All sail controls are led to three winches on the cabin top, and there is a Harken electric sidewinder winch adjacent to the wheel to control the traveler. And for a large cruising cat, I thought that the 51 sailed well. The steering was very smooth. In 8 to 12 knots of breeze, we saw boatspeeds in the high 6s and 7s depending on our point of sail. The view from the helm was tremendous.”

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Best Liveaboard Catamaran Sailboats

Best Liveaboard Catamaran Sailboats | Life of Sailing

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Daniel Wade

December 28, 2023

Catamarans are an excellent choice for living on the water. Modern catamarans are more spacious than monohulls and provide all the comforts of home.

In this article, we'll cover five of the best liveaboard catamarans available on the new and used market today. We'll also cover how to choose the best and most comfortable catamaran to live aboard.

The best liveaboard catamarans are the Manta 42, the Nautitech 44, the Voyage 44, the Privilege 435, the Elba 35, and the Lagoon 380. These vessels are seaworthy, comfortable, and ideal for long-term living.

We sourced the technical specifications of these vessels from maritime records and directly from sailboat manufacturers. We also considered the opinions of sailors who live aboard these vessels and others.

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Living on a Catamaran

Living on a catamaran has both advantages and disadvantages when compared to living on a monohull sailboat. That said, most of the challenges of living aboard a catamaran are mitigated on larger and higher-quality vessels.

Catamarans feature two hulls placed side-by-side and connected by a deck. As a result, the cabins are split between the two hulls, and you may have to go outside to get to the other cabin. Thankfully, most modern cruising catamarans have a center cockpit that connects the two hulls and often features living spaces.

Some vessels have facilities (such as the galley and table) in one cabin and sleeping areas in the other. However, some catamarans have sleeping and cooking facilities in both hulls. The configuration you choose depends on how many people attended live aboard and what layout you prefer.

Catamarans offer superior stability and motion comfort, which is a big advantage when living aboard. Overall, conditions under sail and in the harbor are likely much better aboard a properly-proportioned catamaran.

How to Choose a Liveaboard Catamaran

What qualities make a catamaran ideal for living aboard, and how do you choose the best boat? Attributes such as size and interior layout are the most important, but others such as fit and finish and seakeeping abilities should also be considered.

The best liveaboard catamarans range in size between 30 and 50 feet, width 40 feet being the comfortable average. In general, vessels smaller than 30 feet simply lack the space to include a practical interior layout.

Interior Layout

Interior layout is largely a matter of personal opinion. The most popular liveaboard catamaran features a spacious center cockpit with access to both hulls. Master bedrooms are often found in the stern and the bow of each hull, with heads in between and a galley in the center cockpit. Some catamarans feature one or more additional settees, along with storage in all areas.

Tech and Convenience

The majority of monohull sailboats were produced between the 1960s in the 1980s. This isn't the case for catamarans, as their popularity is more recent. As a result, you're likely to find considerably more modern amenities aboard. Everything from autopilot systems to bathtubs are available aboard newer catamarans.

How Much does a Liveaboard Catamaran Cost?

Catamaran prices vary widely based on age, length, and overall quality. Older vessels cost anywhere between $30,000 and $100,000. Newer and more comfortable liveaboard catamarans generally start above the $100,000 mark and extend up to $500,000 or more.

Best Catamarans to Live On

We chose the following six liveaboard catamarans based on size, interior amenities, handling, and price. These vessels are popular amongst liveaboard sailors and make exceptionally comfortable floating homes both in port and at sea.

1. Manta 42


The first vessel on our list is an exceptional cruising catamaran that's also a comfortable place to live. The Manta 42 can be found on the used market, and it features great handling and a spacious cabin.

Unlike most catamarans, which are built overseas, the Manta 42 was produced entirely in the United States. The Florida-based company produced these vessels in the 1990s and 2000s, and they proved extremely popular with offshore cruisers.

The Manta 42 is known for its stability, hull strength, and speed. However, its cabin layout is also smart and livable. Most Manta 42s feature an asymmetrical cabin layout. The cabin has two heads located in convenient places; one on the port side across from a master berth and one on the starboard side, which is easily accessible from the cockpit. It features three berthing areas and one large sitting area, with seating and storage throughout.

The Manta 42 also has exceptional storage capacity. The vessel stores 125 gallons of fuel and a whopping 100 gallons of freshwater. It also has generous gray and black water tanks to service both heads and the galley sinks.

Overall, the Manta 42 is an excellent choice for cruising liveaboards. It's a fast, nimble, and safe vessel with ample headroom and space throughout the cabin.

Quick Facts:

  • 42-foot overall length
  • Large master cabins
  • Built for long-term living and cruising
  • High storage capacity for fuel and water
  • High hull strength
  • American-built
  • Production ceased in the 2000s, so equipment may not be up-to-date

2. Nautitech 44


The Nautitech 44 is the obvious choice for the number two spot on our list. This well-known cruising catamaran has a unique Center cockpit design which makes it stylish and functional.

The futuristic cockpit of the Nautitech 44 allows the crew to enjoy ample ventilation even in wet conditions. This makes it ideal for living abroad in tropical climates where rain and heat often accompany each other.

Nautitech, which is a French company, continues to produce this model due to its popularity and excellent seakeeping abilities. Prices almost always exceed $100,000, both new and used, making it one of the costlier models on the list. For the price, you get a fine interior fit and finish along with the latest comforts and conveniences.

The Nautitech 44 is available in several cabin layouts. The most popular configuration features an expansive center cockpit with below-deck living spaces, along with three berthing areas and a galley. Additionally, most of these vessels feature a large master head and several smaller heads in each of the hulls. Access to each hull through the center cockpit is easy, and the headroom is excellent.

The Nautitech 44 is a fast boat, and it's great for offshore cruising. However, hull width was sacrificed for speed and handling. This means that the hulls are slightly narrower than some of the competition. That said, it doesn't seem to bother most Nautitech owners.

  • 44-foot overall length
  • Large center cabin
  • All-weather control cockpit
  • Great ventilation
  • Ample room in the hulls
  • Wide hallways
  • Spacious heads
  • Excellent seakeeping abilities
  • Expensive on the used market
  • No open cockpit

3. Voyage 44


Here's a popular and spacious catamaran with some unique characteristics that make it ideal for living aboard. The Voyage 44 is a wide and stable multihull sailboat with a large center cockpit and an attractive interior layout.

The cabin of the Voyage 44 is modern and airy, taking advantage of light colors and thoughtfully designed furniture to make the most out of limited space. This is conducive to a pleasant living environment that's also easy to clean. The center cockpit also features a large, full galley.

The center cockpit stands out, as the voyage 44s exceptionally wide beam gives it plenty of room for tables, sitting areas, and other amenities. The windows let in plenty of light, in the cabin is completely weatherproof.

Below decks, the Voyage 44 features up to six separate heads and several sleeping areas. The master head, located in the bow, is one of the largest available on sailboats of this size range. The vessel features up to eight individuals sleeping areas, which is remarkable for a 44-foot boat.

The Voyage 44 is an excellent liveaboard catamaran due to its wide beam and extremely spacious living accommodations. Out of all the boats on this list, the Voyage 44 is likely the best value overall as it's relatively affordable. The Voyage 44 may be the perfect long-term liveaboard catamaran under 50 feet in length.

  • Unusually wide beam
  • Full master head with two showers
  • Very high speeds
  • Sturdy construction
  • Very large center cabin
  • Eight sleeping areas
  • May be too wide for some marina slips

4. Privilege 435


The Alliaura Marine Privilege 435 is a simple and elegant catamaran with a comfortable interior, smart design, ingrate offshore handling characteristics. This speedy vessel is constructed with some of the finest materials available, and the overall fit and finish are excellent. Behind the center cabin, the Privilege 435 features a strong fiberglass canopy to protect the crew from spray and son.

The majority of Privilege 435s on the market were built recently, so you can expect the latest navigation and safety equipment. Additionally, the vessel is efficient and includes amenities such as multiple heads, modern utilities, and easy access to the hulls through the center cabin.

The vessel features four separate bedrooms and enough bathrooms and showers for each person (or couple). The center Cabin is wide and features comfortable seating areas, along with a full galley with a stove and a fridge. Stepping inside the Privilege 435 is like stepping inside of a vacation house, and it feels purpose-built for long-term living.

The vessel is available in relatively high numbers, though its popularity means you're likely to pay top dollar. On the used market, the vessel sells for between $250,000 to $350,000 on average. This puts it on the upper edge of our price range. But for the price, you got a long-lasting and desirable catamaran that's ready to live aboard almost immediately.

The Privilege 435 is ideal for cruising liveaboards with families or sailors who need space for guests. The interior is very comfortable and aesthetically pleasing. It has several great spaces for entertaining multiple people. On short-to-medium voyages, the Privilege 435 should be adequate for up to eight or more adults.

  • 43-foot overall length
  • Full-size berthing areas
  • Large center galley and sitting area
  • Spacious interior
  • Large showers
  • Great offshore handling
  • Expensive, even on the used market


The Fountain Pajot Elba 45 is a modern and luxurious cruising catamaran with a high freeboard and all the living amenities you'd expect. It's a high-caliber vessel that sails as good as it looks, and it's still produced by the original manufacturer in Europe.

The Elba 45 has one of the largest center cabins of any catamaran in its size range. It features a large settee, a full galley, and access to both hulls. The cabin layout is flexible, and you can order one of several different designs. One of the most popular is the classic 'mirror' layout, where each hull has two master berthing areas, a V-berth in the bow, and two separate heads.

However, other versions are available with attached bathing facilities and additional room for storage, cooking, and other activities. One of the unique features of the Elba 45 is the addition of a V-berth bow. This berth connects directly to the master Beds, which makes for a unique but flexible sleeping arrangement.

If purchased new, the Elba 45 will set you back around $430,000 to $450,000. For the price, you get the latest technology and the finest interior and exterior materials. This is important in the long run as the best liveaboard catamarans should be built to last.

The fit and finish of this vessel are ideal for those looking for a luxurious living environment. Its accommodations are closer to that of a luxury yacht than a sailboat. As a result, the Elba 45 is a great place to live long-term and entertain guests.

  • 45-foot overall length
  • Multiple layouts available
  • Luxury fit-and-finish
  • Four cabins
  • Six full-size berths
  • Luxurious amenities
  • Additional V-berths in bow
  • Highest build quality
  • Upper end of the price range

6. Lagoon 380


The majority of suitable liveaboard catamarans are over 40 feet in length. This is because it's difficult to fit comfortable accommodations in a smaller vessel. However, the Lagoon 380 is a notable exception. This 39-foot catamaran is one of the most comfortable vessels in its class, and it features a spacious interior and excellent design.

The Lagoon 380 is a newer vessel that features modern conveniences and adheres to high safety standards. Modern manufacturing techniques make this vessel stronger and easier to maintain than its older counterparts. Additionally, owners praise its sailing characteristics in both rough and calm weather.

The spacious center cabin features a full galley and sitting area with a notably wide walking room in between. It also boasts excellent visibility, which also increases the amount of natural light in the living areas. Additionally, the center cabin features easy access to the hulls, and the mirror layout provides comfortable accommodations for eight adults.

The interior space aboard the Lagoon 380 is almost indistinguishable from catamarans between 44 and 50 feet in length. The primary difference is that, instead of the traditional two heads per hull, the Lagoon 380 only features one. That said, the heads include a large shower and plenty of room to move around.

The Lagoon 380 is the perfect solution for sailors looking for big boat accommodations in a small package. Due to its shorter length, the Lagoon 380 avoids additional fees for docking and servicing vessels over 40 feet overall.

  • 39-foot overall length
  • Full galley
  • Under 40 feet in length
  • High construction quality
  • Customizable options
  • Great handling
  • Fewer bathrooms than some similar vessels

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Sailboat or Catamaran? Here’s How to Decide

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There is nothing as magical and mystical as sailing out onto the open sea. You’re in for a realm of a wonderful adventure, beautiful sights, and escaping into the unknown as you relax under the sun. Whether you’re planning a luxurious trip with your loved ones or an exciting, fast-paced adventure, one thing you need to consider is what type of boat to use.

Two popular boats are the sailboat and the catamaran. So how can you decide which one is right for you and the adventure you’re seeking? In deciding between a sailboat and catamaran, there are several considerations to keep in mind. A catamaran is easier to sail and will provide a more spacious and luxurious experience. The sailboat, on the other hand, is more immersed in the water and provides a more realistic and exciting experience.

It can be challenging knowing which boat is right for you. That is why we are going to run down all the basic information and differences between these two boats. Knowing the major differences between the two will help you make the right choice.

The Difference Between a Sailboat and a Catamaran

To the untrained eye, a sailboat and a catamaran might look fairly similar. Therefore, you might think that the overall ride and experience are also the same. However, sailboats and catamarans are profoundly different and offer completely different rides. That is why it is so important to get the facts on these models before gliding them into the water.

The Major Differences Between the Two

Catamarans have become increasingly more popular due to the fact that they have better overall buoyancy than a sailboat, which is also referred to as a monohull . What does that mean for the riders? Well, buoyancy equates to a smoother and more enjoyable ride , which is ideal for those who are seeking a more relaxed experience.

Catamarans are also known for their ease in maneuverability compared so a sailboat. This, again, is ideal for someone who is looking for a relaxed ride, as it is a lot easier to sail than a typical sailboat. This also makes the catamaran a better choice for a newcomer who isn’t confident in his sailing capabilities.

The double engine of a catamaran makes it easier to dock and is also capable of doing a 360-degree turn if needed. Why is this important? Well, anyone who has ever tried to dock a boat knows that it isn’t the simplest task. You will be glad to know that the catamaran can turn more easily and be docked quicker than a sailboat.

However, don’t let these characteristics sway you from ever wanting to try your hand at a sailboat. Sailboats provide a more realistic feeling, which ultimately equates to a more thrilling ride. Anyone who is looking for an adrenaline rush will find that gliding through the water and hanging off the sails is exactly what the doctor prescribed.

Does that mean that monohulls are all about the thrills and excitement? While that’s the main goal, there is still enough room to sit back and relax in the cabin or get a good tan while sunbathing. There is, though, significantly less room, which doesn’t make for quite a luxurious experience overall.

Boat Design

As we mentioned earlier, it can be hard to tell right off the bat what the major differences between a sailboat and a catamaran are. It may be slightly obvious that the catamaran is a bit bigger, but the actual construction is incredibly different.

Sailboats are designed with a single hull as well as a single engine. The one engine will typically combine with a bow thruster, which is located at the front of the boat. If you’re not sure what a bow thruster is, it is essentially this:

  • A bow thruster is another small, electric engine located at the front of the boat. The main purpose of the bow thruster is to enable the yacht to move sideways simply by pressing a button. This makes it easier for the skipper (or person who is driving the boat) to maneuver through tighter areas, thus making the boat more secure.

On the other hand, a catamaran is designed with two hulls and two engines. The major benefit of having two engines onboard is that if one engine fails, then the other engine can keep the boat moving and help make its way back to the docking station. This provides more ease of mind for the skipper as well as the riders, making for a more relaxed and confident ride.

Aside from giving the riders peace of mind, double engines also work to ensure that there is greater maneuverability in the water. With two engines, the skipper is able to rotate the boat in an incredible 360-degree motion. With that type of capability, the catamaran is able to maneuver through even tighter spaces, which makes docking a breeze.

Space Differences

When it comes to overall spaciousness, the catamaran beats the competition. In fact, this is one of the major reasons why people choose to go with the catamaran: for space it provides.

This means that even though the catamaran and the sailboat might appear to be the same size, the catamaran actually has a larger cabin and salon area, with more room for sunbathing and other outdoor activities.

A lot of catamarans will also offer a large-sized net area located on the bow of the boat. This net area is available for the riders to lay back and relax, which is ultimately an incredibly unique experience you won’t find on a sailboat. The net is ideal for soaking up the sun when anchored on your favorite, most beautiful bay.

A large cockpit area is another benefit of choosing a catamaran. This is because the massive amounts of space ensure you can do just about anything in the cockpit, like hosting a large family dinner or even setting up a party space to get wild for your birthday.

For anyone who is looking for a relaxed, comfortable, and spacious experience out on the sea, the catamaran will be the best choice. On the other hand, those who want more thrills and aren’t overly concerned about room for dinners and parties should consider the exciting monohull sailboat.

Comfort and Stability

Another great benefit of choosing a catamaran is the comfort and stability they provide. Think about it: since the Catamaran is designed with two parallel hulls rather than just one, there is far more stability all around the boat. This means you can take a walk around the yacht, make your favorite meals for the family, or shake up some drinks in the cabin without worrying about anything tipping over (including yourself).

One of the other features you will only find on (most) catamarans is the inclusion of a separate flybridge. What does this unique piece of equipment do? Well, it provides the riders with a shaded area where they can take a break from the heat of the sun while enjoying a drink and d’Oeuvres.

The flybridge also makes sure that there is privacy on the boat, which is something you won’t find in a smaller, less roomy, and comfortable sailboat.

Sailing Experience

The main reason why multihulls, otherwise known as catamarans, are so extensively popular is due to the fact that they offer such a comfortable and luxurious experience . This means that the riders are reaching maximum pleasure while vacationing out at sea. However, there doesn’t mean that there are not any downsides to this model.

The major downside to catamarans is that they can sometimes pound and slap in the water. To put it simply, this is an incredibly annoying sound that can almost sound like the boat is being beaten and battered by the ocean, ultimately breaking into pieces. While this is certainly not the case, it sure sounds like it; and that is something nobody wants to hear.

So why does the catamaran have this sensation while monohull sailboats do not? The slapping and pounding noise coming from the boat is due to the fact that the low bridge clearance gets hit by the water when the sea is bumpy, and the boat is heading upwind.

Sailboats are able to cut through bumpy seas with ease and can handle wins extremely well. This is due to the fact that they are more immersed in the water. Catamarans, on the other hand, glide over the water rather than sailing through it. This is why they tend to be more smooth overall, but can’t handle winds or lumpy seas as well.

Another thing to keep in mind is that catamarans have less of a heel while sailing. In fact, a catamaran will rarely ever heel more than 5 to 10 degrees before you need to reef the boat. What does this mean for the riders? A smoother sail.

A sailboat, on the other hand, can heel over 20 degrees. The riders will need to brace themselves in the cockpit, so they don’t go falling over to the side. This is especially true when you are outside on a sailboat, as you don’t want to fall completely off the boat when it begins to heel dramatically.

Which One is Faster?

You might think that because the monohull sailboat is less spacious and cuts through the water that it will be faster. Well, thank again. Catamarans are ultimately faster than their monohull sailboat counterparts. But why?

The answer is simple: The two hulls are less immersed in the water. This is beneficial for the simple fact that the hulls won’t have any chance of being ‘dragged’ in the sea. Together, the double hulls stabilize the boat and won’t be challenged by waters, even when they might are choppy.

Aside from being faster overall, the quickness seems to be even more noticeable when the catamaran is sailing downwind. This, again, is because the catamaran’s hulls are not immersed in the water and therefore have no pull when it comes to the water. Gliding downwind creates an even faster movement.

Does that mean that they are slower when cruising windward? Not at all! Although it won’t be as fast as going downwind, the catamaran still beats the sailboat in terms of speed.

Price Differences

When you narrow down the differences by pricing, the differences are subtle. In fact, if there is plenty of supply of both boats, then you can expect the price of a sailboat to be around the same price as a catamaran. But which one is generally more expensive?

Well, since the catamaran has two hulls rather than a single hull, they are naturally going to be sold at a higher cost. Even though the price may not be overly significant, catamarans will generally be pricier than a sailboat.

Aside from the cost of the boat, you must also consider how much it will cost to dock it. Since the catamaran requires more space than a sailboat, it will be more expensive to dock it in a marina. The prices may be even steeper when you’re trying to dock your boat during peak seasons when space is limited.

Overall Emotion Onboard

This might not seem like something to consider when describing the difference between a catamaran and a sailboat, but each comes with their own emotions. Everyone who decides to set sail is looking for some type of experience, and these boats have two very distinct different emotions attached to them.

A catamaran is going to give you the utmost pleasure and relaxation. If you’re looking to release some negative thoughts and emotions and regroup, then this is going to be the best boat.

On the other hand, riding in a sailboat will deliver an experience like you will never have again. There is something about whipping through the sea, feeling the wind blowing against your face, and hanging onto the heel that will give you a rush and exciting experience you will remember for years to come.

Is One Safer than the Other?

This is a loaded question, as someone who has plenty of experience sailing and riding on boats won’t have trouble with either type of boat. However, it is fair to say that catamarans are generally safer than sailboats. But why?

  • Less heel means less chances of getting hurt or falling off. With little to no chance of the boat heeling, you can ride without thinking about falling over and hurting yourself or ending up completely hauled off the yacht.
  • Double hulls provide stability. This makes it easy for the riders to walk around the boat, lay down and sunbathe, or enjoy a meal in the cockpit without anything negative happening.
  • Level sailing means less chances of tipping over. Sailboats can sometimes tip over in harsh weather conditions. The good thing about a catamaran is the double hulls, and level sailing capabilities keep everyone onboard and keeps the yacht from tipping over.
  • Catamarans will float no matter what. In the extremely rare instance where a catamaran flips over or something has broken the boat and you fear sinking, put your worries to rest as catamarans will always keep afloat whether they are upright or not. This is because catamarans have excessive buoyancy.

Choosing the Right Boat

Now that you know all of the major differences between a catamaran and a sailboat, the decision should be exponentially easier. Just keep these few things in mind when picking the boat that is right for you:

  • Are you looking for comfort and luxury, or thrills and experience? Remember that the catamaran is all about luxury and comfort. It’s great for families, especially those with kids, because of the stability. On the other hand, those seeking a pulse-racing experience should acquire a sailboat.
  • How much room do you need? If it is just you and your buddy looking for a great time, then you might consider a sailboat. Someone looking for a fun family outing or even planning to throw a party of some sort should look into the spacious, more comfortable, and roomy catamaran.
  • How good are your sailing abilities? Catamarans are great for beginners as they are far easier to sail and maneuver through the water. If you’re worried about your skill level, catamaran might be the best choice.
  • How much money are you looking to spend? While you don’t have to worry too much about pricing, you should know that catamarans will be a bit more expensive due to double hulls and space. This is also true while docking, as catamarans, will require more room.

Choosing between a catamaran and sailboat can be tricky if you don’t know all of the facts. The best things to keep in mind is that a catamaran is the yacht that will provide more overall luxury and space, while the sailboat will ensure bone-chilling, heart-racing thrills that will give you a story to talk about for the rest of your life.

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Ready to take a ‘cat’ on the high seas? Luxury boats keep you calm and eco-friendly

Say so long to seasickness.

Imagine cruising to the Bahamas or Saint-Tropez without that stomach-churning feeling. A maritime adventure on a catamaran nearly guarantees a nauseous-free vacation.

Miami’s coastal landscape, surrounded by the turquoise sea, is the perfect setting to hop onto a lavish catamaran and let the ocean’s breeze and soothing waters welcome you.


These solar-powered catamarans will surely make Greta Thunberg smile. What started off as a family project for husband and wife Boyd and Elizabeth Taylor has transformed into a company that’s changing the catamaran industry for the better.

“We wanted to do something sustainable, and where a difference could really be made,” Boyd says.

The ocean-going vessels, which are built in Turkey, can travel around the world without a drop of fuel (sunshine permitting, of course). Serenity’s 64-foot catamaran boasts 700 square feet of solar panels, while its 74-foot series has nearly 1,200 square feet of panels. The boats are also available with diesel engines and a generator for additional speed and power.

But being powered by renewable energy isn’t Serenity Yachts’ only allure. Boyd has created boats that are unimpeachable by all sides, and that means elevating the luxury of catamarans with a spacious salon, flybridge and fully customizable interior. Serenity Yachts offers eco- cruising without compromising comfort, luxury or space. It provides an unparalleled experience on the water: a breezy, peaceful voyage without the hassle of sails or the rumble of a motor engine. It’s just you, surrounded by nature.

The catamarans, which are delivered in 12-16 months, depending on customization, range from $3.3- $5.5 million. Clients can design their boat layouts from start to finish, including teak decks, hardwood interior floors, stone bathrooms and more.

The company has had a demonstrator vessel docked in South Florida.

“Getting a boat to Miami, the center of the yachting industry, is the moment we’ve been waiting for,” Boyd exclaims.

These spacious self-sufficient vessels feel less like boats and more like posh seaside homes.


A leader in luxury catamaran manufacturing and design, Sunreef Yachts prides itself on building an array of opulent cats, including sailboats, powerboats and eco-electric vessels. The custom bespoke boats, built in Poland, start at 40 feet and go up to a 160-foot mega yacht complete with a nightclub and movie theater.

“We can build a dream catamaran, nothing is off the table,” says Robert Riva, director of sales.

Riva sees catamarans as a growing segment in the pleasure boat industry thanks to their price per square foot, spaciousness, comfort and stability. With offices around the world, including in the Miami Design District, the company produces about 40 boats per year. Cat prices range from $800,000-$55 million and have a delivery timeline of one year. It also has a charter division that offers buyers a way to charter out their new toy while taking advantage of an appealing tax benefit.

All of Sunreef Yachts’ cat models have an option for solar panels with a lithium battery and electric engines allowing for a zero-carbon footprint voyage from Miami to Bimini or from Cannes to Saint- Tropez. And although these boats boast swanky interiors, speed isn’t something they’re known for. “We’re all about getting there an hour late, but in style,” Riva quips.

That aura of sophistication is evident through the company’s dedication to high-end finishes and a rich design. Clients can customize their new seaside pads any way they want — from adding a Jacuzzi tub in the master bathroom to enclosing the flybridge. Every Sunreef Yachts cat is different. That is what the company is known for, working with clients to build their custom dream vacation home or helping them charter the perfect yacht for a memorable trip, whether that’s a family-friendly vacation or romantic getaway.

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What Does a Catamaran Look Like Inside? (A Visual Guide)

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live on a boat? Catamarans offer an amazing opportunity to explore the open waters in style and comfort.

In this guide, we’ll take a look inside a modern catamaran and explore the features that make it so special.

From an open-plan layout to luxury bedrooms and kitchens, we’ll dive into the details of what it’s like to live on a catamaran.

We’ll also cover the flybridge, extended stays, and more.

So, let’s get started and take a look inside a catamaran!

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Short Answer

A catamaran typically has a spacious interior with two or three cabins, a galley, and a dining area.

Depending on the size of the catamaran, there may also be a navigation station, a wet bar, and even a lounge area.

The main living area is usually open and filled with natural light due to the large windows.

The cabins typically feature comfortable sleeping accommodations and plenty of storage for personal items.

Overview of Catamarans

Catamarans are a type of boat that have two or more hulls that are connected and outfitted with bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, and living spaces.

They are typically used for recreational and leisure purposes, such as cruising, sailing, and fishing.

Catamarans are known for their spacious living areas that provide plenty of seating and an open-plan layout, allowing for plenty of natural light to enter the vessel.

Many catamarans also come with a flybridge, which offers 360-degree views of the surrounding area.

Inside, catamarans are typically designed with luxury and comfort in mind, making them perfect for extended stays on the water.

Some of the features of a catamaran include a large main salon, staterooms for sleeping, full-size galley, and plenty of storage.

Additionally, catamarans are usually equipped with the latest technologies, making them an ideal choice for anyone looking for a comfortable, modern, and luxurious experience on the water.

Open-Plan Layout & Seating

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Catamarans are known for their spacious interior design, with most models featuring an open-plan layout and plenty of seating.

The main living area typically includes a comfortable seating area with plenty of cushions and plush pillows, as well as several tables for dining, entertaining, and working.

The seating area may also include a sofa, loveseat, or sectional for ultimate comfort.

Many catamarans also come with a bar or countertop for additional space for serving and entertaining guests.

In addition to the seating area, catamarans also typically include several loungers, day beds, and sun pads for relaxing and soaking up the sun.

The interior of the catamaran can be configured to fit the specific needs of the owners, offering plenty of options for seating and lounging.

The open-plan layout also allows for plenty of natural light to enter the space, providing a bright and airy feel.

The interior of the catamaran is often designed with a modern, minimalist aesthetic, offering a calming and inviting atmosphere.

Bedrooms & Bathrooms

When it comes to bedrooms and bathrooms, catamarans have plenty to offer.

Many catamarans feature spacious master suites with full-sized beds, ample closet space, and even en-suite bathrooms.

Some models may even include additional guest bedrooms, perfect for larger families or groups of friends.

In terms of bathrooms, many catamarans come equipped with a separate shower and toilet, as well as plenty of counter space and storage.

Some catamarans may even have two bathrooms, allowing for added convenience and increased privacy.

When it comes to bedrooms and bathrooms, catamarans have something for everyone.

From spacious master suites to additional guest bedrooms, these vessels provide plenty of space and luxury for extended trips on the water.

With a wide variety of designs and layouts, its easy to find a catamaran that suits your needs and lifestyle.

Kitchens & Living Spaces

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When it comes to the interior of a catamaran, the kitchen and living spaces are the heart of the vessel.

A catamaran typically features a fully equipped kitchen with plenty of counter space and storage, equipped with modern appliances and amenities such as a range, oven, refrigerator, and dishwasher.

For those who love to cook, a galley kitchen is the perfect place to whip up delicious meals while enjoying the views.

The living area of a catamaran is designed with luxury and comfort in mind.

With plenty of seating and open-plan layouts, its easy to find the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the scenery.

Many catamarans also feature a cozy lounge area with comfortable couches and chairs, perfect for entertaining guests and family.

And with plenty of windows to let in natural light, the interior of a catamaran feels bright and airy.

The flybridge on a catamaran offers 360-degree views of the surrounding area, making it the perfect spot for relaxation and sightseeing.

With plenty of seating and space for a small bar, its the ideal spot to watch the sunset or stargaze with friends.

And with its open-air design, the flybridge also offers plenty of natural ventilation, making it the perfect spot to enjoy a cool breeze on a hot summer day.

When it comes to catamarans, one of the most distinctive features of their design is the flybridge.

This area is located above the main living area and provides stunning 360-degree views of the surroundings.

It’s the perfect spot for taking in the sunset, star-gazing, or just enjoying the view of the horizon.

It’s also a great place to socialize with friends and family while out on the water.

The flybridge is typically equipped with comfortable seating, a sun shade, and even a sink or refrigerator to make your time on the water more enjoyable.

Depending on the size of the catamaran, the flybridge may also include a steering station and instrumentation, making it the ideal spot to pilot the vessel.

Luxury & Comfort

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When it comes to luxury and comfort, catamarans dont disappoint.

The interior of a catamaran is typically designed with both of these features in mind.

From spacious living areas with plenty of seating to fully-equipped kitchens and bedrooms, catamarans are perfect for extended stays on the water.

The open-plan layout of a catamaran ensures that there is plenty of room for everyone to move around and relax.

The large windows provide plenty of natural light, making the space feel even more open and inviting.

The seating areas are designed for maximum comfort, with plush sofas and armchairs providing a relaxing spot to spend time with family and friends.

Most catamarans also come with a flybridge, which offers 360-degree views of the surrounding area.

This is the perfect spot to take in some breathtaking views while you relax in the sun.

Catamarans provide plenty of luxury and comfort for all onboard.

Whether youre looking for the perfect spot to spend a weekend away from it all or an extended stay on the water, a catamarans interior offers the perfect balance of luxury and comfort.

Extended Stays

When it comes to extended stays on the water, catamarans offer unparalleled levels of luxury and comfort.

With spacious living areas, plenty of seating, and an open-plan layout, they provide the perfect environment for long-term relaxation and exploration.

The bedrooms are typically outfitted with comfortable beds and linens, while the bathrooms feature all of the amenities of a typical home.

The kitchen is usually well-equipped with all of the appliances necessary for meal preparation, and the living area often includes a large flat-screen television and comfortable furniture.

The wide windows let in plenty of natural light, creating a bright and airy atmosphere.

This bright atmosphere is further enhanced by the presence of a flybridge, which offers 360-degree views of the surrounding area.

This allows guests to take in the beauty and serenity of their environment, no matter where they may be.

In addition to the luxury and comfort of the interior, catamarans also provide an array of recreational activities for those who wish to stay longer.

Many of these vessels come equipped with a variety of water toys, such as kayaks, paddleboards, and even small motorboats.

There are also plenty of opportunities for fishing, swimming, and exploring the local area.

All of these activities can be enjoyed from the comfort of the catamaran, making them the perfect choice for extended stays on the water.

Final Thoughts

With its open-plan layouts, luxurious bedrooms and bathrooms, spacious living areas, and 360-degree views from the flybridge, a catamaran is the perfect vessel for extended stays on the water.

Whether you’re looking for a fun day-trip or an exciting long-term adventure, a catamaran is sure to provide you with the ultimate experience.

Now that you know what a catamaran looks like inside, why not plan your own getaway today?

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Despite reports suggesting EV demand is cooling, Volvo’s new EVs, including the EX30 and EX90, are attracting Ferrari-like wait times. The head of online business at Volvo Germany, Alex Zurhausen, says customers are waiting because they have “the right products at the right time.”

Volvo’s new EVs see Ferrari-like wait times

After unveiling the EX90 almost two years ago, Volvo’s flagship electric SUV is still in hot demand.

Deemed “the safest vehicle” Volvo has ever made, customers continue waiting for the premium electric seven-seater. Volvo Cars CEO Jim Rowan announced EX90 production was being delayed last May due to the “complexity of the software code.”

When asked how the brand prevented customers from switching to other brands, Zurhausen told Automotive News Europe that Volvo has “the right products at the right time.”

With over 20 years of experience at Volvo, Zurhausen said these are some of the highest wait times he’s seen.

“When I started at Volvo it was written in stone that if you ordered a car in three months you got your car,” Volvo’s Europe online business leader said.


The EX90 isn’t the only one of Volvo’s new EVs attracting Ferrari-like wait times. In Germany, the wait time for Volvo’s most affordable EX30 is up to four months.

Volvo hit its highest-ever electrified vehicle sales share last month, primarily due to the new EX30 rolling out. Since launching in December, Volvo has sold 5,863 EX30 models through the first two months of 2024.

“It is an achievement that the brand has developed to the point where people are willing to wait that long for a Volvo,” Zurhause boasted, adding, “We’re not a Ferrari.”


Zurhause said Volvo’s business has never been better. Volvo set new global sales (+113,000 EVs) and revenue records last year. CEO Jim Rowan expects “tremendous growth” in 2024 as new EVs roll out.

Rowan highlighted Volvo’s pricing power: The EX30 starts at $34,950 in the US and €36,590 in Europe.


When asked about the reported EV slowdown, Rowan responded, “We are not seeing any order cancellations or any slowdown in order intake.”

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While several rivals, including Ford, GM, Mercedes-Benz, and others, are pushing back EV initiatives, Volvo is plowing ahead.

The EX30 is rolling out in Europe, Japan, and Brazil, with new markets coming soon. In the US, the EX30 will be one of the most affordable EVs, starting under $35,000. It will be available in a single-motor extended range and a motor performance model.

The extended range boasts up to 275 miles range, while the Performance is Volvo’s quickest EV, with a 0 to 60 mph sprint in 3.4 s. It’s expected to begin rolling out by this summer.

Volvo’s EX90 will start at $76,695 in the US. It will rival Rivian’s R1S, the seventh-best-selling EV in the US last year.

Volvo is also launching its first luxury electric minivan, the EM90 , in China. The new electric models will help Volvo advance toward becoming an all-EV automaker by 2030.

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See all the gems of historical and cultural center of the capital in short time and without traffic jams or tiresome walking.

Depending on the itinerary and duration of the Moscow River boat trip, the tour can be 3 or 5 hours.

Highlights of the tour

  • St Basil’s Cathedral;
  • Stalin skyscraper on Kotelnicheskaya (Tinkers) embankment;
  • The Kremlin;
  • “House on the Embankment” Stalin skyscraper;
  • Monument to Peter I;
  • The Central House of Artists;
  • Christ the Savior Cathedral;
  • Gorky Park;
  • Moscow State University;
  • Russian Academy of Sciences;
  • Luzhniki stadium;
  • Novodevichy Monastery;
  • Kiev railway station;
  • Europe Square;
  • Moscow City Hall;
  • Government House;
  • Expocentre Exhibition Complex;
  • and other famous sights.

You will learn about the different epochs of the city from the foundation in 1147 till Soviet times of 20 th  century.

Moscow River

Moskva river has the form of a snake and is the main waterway of Moscow, consisting of a cascade of reservoirs. Within the city, Moskva river is 80 km long, 120 m - 200 m wide and up to 14 m deep. The narrowest part of the river is the Kremlin area in the city center, and the most extensive is around the Luzhniki Stadium in the south. 

Bridges in Moscow

Undoubtedly, bridges and embankments are among the most scenic spots and main attractions of Moscow. Plus, they are so romantic.

  • Bolshoy Kamenny Bridge –  Great Stone Bridge –  is the main bridge of Moscow . The first stone bridge was constructed here in the 17th century.
  • Patriarshy Bridge  is one of the youngest pedestrian bridges, built in 2004. The bridge connects the iconic Christ the Saviour Cathedral with funky Bersenevskaya embankment, extremely popular place among locals for its trendy art galleries, cafes and panoramic views. Patriarshy Bridge used to be a shooting location for ex-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's New Year speech to the nation.
  • Borodinsky Bridge,  erected in honor of the 100th anniversary of the glorious victory in the Battle of Borodino (which every Russian kid knows about), a fierce legendary battle during the Russo-French war of 1812.
  • Bagration Bridge  one of the  pedestrian bridges with most picturesque views of the Moskva River with its numerous upper-level observation platforms. The bridge was erected to celebrate the 850th anniversary of Moscow city in 1997.
  • Krymsky Bridge  used to be in Top 5 Europe’s longest bridges some 100 years ago. The bridge got its name after the ancient Krymsky ford which Crimean Tartars used to invade Moscow in the 16 th  century.

Embankments of Moscow

Moscow river boats 37 embankments, the most popular being Kremlevskaya, Sofiyskaya, Pushkinskaya, Vorobyovskaya and Kolomenskaya.

You can get the most spectacular views of the Kremlin from  Kremlevskaya and Sofiyskaya embankments.

  • Pushkinkaya embankment  is the most romantic in Moscow. It meanders along Gorky Park and Neskuchnyi garden and is rich for all kinds of entertainment as well as cozy nooks, including Olivkovy beach, the famous Zeleny theater as well as a pier for river cruisers.
  • Vorobyevskaya embankment  is part of Sparrow Hills nature reserve. This place opens a beautiful panorama of the river and city from the observation deck and is considered to be the place for taking serious decisions in life.
  • Embankment in Kolomenskoye  Museum-Reserve has a special charm due to its peculiar geographical relief. The boat trip around Kolomenskoye would be the most peaceful in your life.
  • Taras Shevchenko embankment  is popular among photographers for its modern Moscow City skyscrapers. Highly recommended for your night boat trip.
  • Embankments of Moscow are the pride of the capital. A distinctive feature of each of the promenades is its architecture and beautiful views. In addition, almost all the embankments of Moscow have a rich history and a lot of notable buildings.

Different epochs

Taking a walk along the Moskva River by boat, you will witness the architecture of Moscow from different eras and styles. Archaeological studies indicate that already in the XI century there stood a fortified settlement on Borovitsky hill, which is now called the Kremlin. Little fortress could not accommodate all the residents of the rapidly growing city, and the Grand Duke ordered the construction of a new Kremlin, larger than the former.

Boat trip around Kolomenskoe Park

Moscow river boat trip starts from the pier Klenovy (Maple) Boulevard and provides reat views of Nicholas Perervinsky monastery.

Nicholas Perervinsky monastery was founded at the time of the Battle of Kulikov (1380). The monastery, got its name from the surrounding area – “Pererva”, which can be translated like “tear off” and because of the location –  here it abruptly changed its course, turning to Kolomna, standing on the opposite bank.

Nowadays Kolomenskoye is State Art, Historical, Architectural and Natural Landscape Museum-Reserve, which doors are open to everyone who wants to get in touch with the ancient history of Russia.

Take a break from the big city hustle in the shady parks and gardens of the Kolomenskoe Museum-Reserve. Don’t miss a wonderful Church of the Ascension and Tsar Alexey’s Palace in Kolomenskoye!

Monasteries and temples

  • Novospassky Monastery
  • Founded in the 13th century on the site where now is located the Danilovsky monastery. After a few decades, in 1330, Ivan Kalita moved the monastery onto the Borovitskii hill of the Kremlin. However, in the 15th century, Spassky Monastery again moved, this time to a more spacious place on Krasnoholmskaya waterfront.
  • Church of St. Nicholas in Zayaitskom
  • Erected in the middle of the XVIII century in baroque style. The building survived after the 1812 fire, but the utensils were destoyed. Parishioners collected donations and restored the temple on their own. In Soviet times, it was closed and re-opened only in 1992.
  • Cathedral of Christ the Savior
  • The church was originally erected in honor of the victory over Napoleon and was being under construction for long 44 years. Notoriously demolished in 1937 to be a giant swimming pool under open sky. The current building was constructed in 1990s. It is the tallest and one of the largest Orthodox churches in the world.
  • The temple was built in 1679-82, during the reign of Tsar Fedor Alekseevich, in late Muscovite Baroque style and can be characterized as bonfire temple. Each gable is a symbol of a heavenly fire.
  • Novodevichy Convent
  • The most famous concent and monastery in Moscow, presumably founded in 1524. Novodevichy’s status has always been high among other monasteries, it was in this monastery where the women of the royal blood, the wives of Tsars and local rulers of Moscow were kept in prison as nuns.
  • St. Andrew’s church  (male acts as Compound Patriarch of Moscow)
  • St. Andrew’s church stands right on the slopes of the Sparrow Hills, on the way down to the Moskva River, on the territory of the Nature Reserve “Sparrow Hills”. The monastery is small in size but is very cozy. It’s situated in a quiet courtyard surrounded by temples, fruit trees and flowers.

What you get:

  • + A friend in Moscow.
  • + Private & customized Moscow river cruise.
  • + An exciting pastime, not just boring history lessons.
  • + An authentic experience of local life.
  • + Flexibility: changes can be made at any time to suit individual preferences.
  • + Amazing deals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the very best cafes & restaurants. Discounts on weekdays (Mon-Fri).
  • + A photo session amongst spectacular Moscow scenery that can be treasured for a lifetime.
  • + Good value for souvenirs, taxis, and hotels.
  • + Expert advice on what to do, where to go, and how to make the most of your time in Moscow.

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The Nasdaq Stock Market has been hitting new highs this year.

Nasdaq is a market with a dual personality. It’s home to most large technology companies, and also the place where a slew of smaller stocks in other industries are traded.

Tech stocks have been the stock market’s leaders last year and so far this year. Smaller stocks are starting to come alive.

Most investors head to the Nasdaq for technology exposure. That’s fine, but I wouldn’t ignore the small fry in other industries. Here are seven Nasdaq stocks I like now.

East West Bancorp EWBC EWBC Inc. , based in Pasadena, California, finances a lot of film and television projects. It’s also one of the few U.S. banks licensed to do business in China.

U.S.-China relations stink right now. And the major Presidential candidates (Joe Biden and Donald Trump) aren’t perceived as friendly to China. But neither was Richard Nixon, until he moved to open up a relationship with China in 1972.

Any thaw in the U.S.-China relationship would be good for East West. Meanwhile, it is doing pretty well, having increased its earnings by more than 14% a year over the past ten years.

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Selling all kinds of agricultural equipment, from fertilizer to tractors, through a network of more than 3,000 dealers worldwide, Agco Inc. AGCO has been profitable in each of the past 24 years.

Over the past ten years, it has increased its earnings at better than a 14% clip (coincidentally the same as East West). Its return on stockholders’ equity lately has been running at 27%; I consider anything over 15% good. Yet the stock is cheap, selling for less than eight time recent earnings.

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Based in Bedford, Texas, Legacy Housing Corp. makes manufactured homes and extra-small homes, serving the low end of the housing market.

Since the U.S. has a shortage of single-family homes, and since paying for a home is a strain from many families, I think this company occupies a useful niche. The company has very little debt, and the stock sells for nine times earnings.

Preformed Line

Preformed Line Products Co. (PLPC), which calls Cleveland, Ohio, home, makes equipment for power lines and phone lines. It also makes mounting systems for solar panels.

Over the past decade, Preformed has increased its earnings at a 19% annual pace. Last year growth was slower, at 7%. The stock sells for about 10 times earnings.

MasterCraft Boat

I’ve had poor luck with holdings in the boating industry. Nonetheless, I think that MasterCraft Boat Holdings Inc. (MCFT) looks intriguing.

The company, out of Vonore, Tennessee, makes sport boats and outboard boats. The pandemic boosted boat sales because it’s a form of recreation that is outdoors and doesn’t involve crowds. Lately boat makers’ sales have retreated, but if they level off, I like this stock at less than seven times earnings.

Alphabet GOOGL

We don’t want to neglect the big tech companies. Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL) is one of the Magnificent Seven stocks that have chalked up big gains – in Alphabet’s case, 373% over the past ten years.

Alphabet is the parent to Google GOOG , You Tube, Waymo and Deep Mind. Innovation is built into its culture, and the company has increased its earnings by an average of more than 21% a year over the past decade.

The stock is much more expensive than those discussed above, but I don’t think that 24 times earnings is too much to pay here.

Even more expensive, at 27 times earnings, is Apple Inc. (AAPL), the maker of iPhones and Mac computers. Here there are worries but also great strengths.

Earnings growth, which averaged better than 16% over the past decade, slowed to 9% last year. The iPhone faces increased competition from Huawei in China. And the company’s debt has climbed to 146% of equity.

Nonetheless, I still like Apple. It has a large and loyal following, and a history of successfully pulling rabbits out of hats in product development.

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Every year in March, I write about my favorite stocks on the Nasdaq. Over 17 years, the average 12-month return on my recommendations has been 19.2%. The beats the average return on the Nasdaq Composite Index (16.3%) and the Standard & Poor’s 500 Total Return Index (13.0%).

Bear in mind that my column results are hypothetical and shouldn’t be confused with results I obtain for clients. Also, past performance doesn’t predict the future.

My picks from a year ago climbed 23.8%, which beat the Nasdaq Composite (20.8%) but not the S&P 500 (31.6%). The best performer was Taylor Morrison Home TMHC Corp. (TMHC), up 57%. The worst was Cirrus Logic CRUS Inc. (CRUS), down 15%.

Disclosure: I own Agco, Alphabet and Apple personally and for most of my clients.

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Green Point beach near Yamba littered with debris after abandoned boat runs aground

A remote beach near Yamba on the New South Wales north coast is littered with debris and diesel after a boat ran aground and was smashed to pieces in the surf overnight.

Witnesses said the boat was abandoned by its occupants as they were attempting to cross the Clarence River bar around lunchtime on Monday. 

NSW Road and Maritime said the occupants were evacuated from the vessel by a NSW Marine Rescue crew.

Angourie resident Oli Coe said he later saw the vessel adrift about 2 kilometres offshore.

He watched the boat throughout the day and at one point saw another vessel alongside it.

He said someone boarded vessel and put out its anchor.

Jetsam on beach

"As the wind got up through the rest of the afternoon, we watched the boat drifting and dragging on its anchor and eventually it just dragged way too far and ended up on the beach," Mr Coe said.

At one stage Mr Coe and two friends used jetskis to get out to the boat to see if they could do anything to help.

He said he could not understand why it was not salvaged before it ran aground near Green Point.

"There was definitely some damage to the boat but it was in perfectly good condition [before that]," Mr Coe said.

Clean-up concerns

Locals spent Tuesday morning on the beach, dragging piles of debris above the high tide mark in a bid to ensure it is not taken back out to sea with the next high tide on Tuesday evening. 

Angourie resident Kim Wood said the usually pristine beach at Green Point looked like a "rubbish dump".

"I'm looking at kilometres of debris," she said.

"There is timber, there is oil cans, jerry cans full of diesel, so much plastic, and everything is soaked in diesel.

"You can still see all debris in the ocean."

Ms Wood said the area was home to a wide range of birdlife including oyster catchers and curlews.

Too dangerous to tow

NSW Maritime said the boat was deemed too dangerous for authorities to board or tow.

Senior boating safety officer Bret Ryan said authorities needed to put safety first.

"Marine Rescue revisited the boat several times on Monday, and eventually the Water Police came from Coffs Harbour," Mr Ryan said.

"They came to the same conclusion that it was too dangerous."

"At that point the vessel was secure and the hope was it would remain in that position but unfortunately that didn't happen."

Mr Ryan said the main hazard on the beach was from any sharp objects that might remain buried in the sand.

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