A couple enjoying a sunny day on a sailing monohull

Monohull or Catamaran? Picking the Right Boat for Your Chesapeake Charter Vacation

When planning a sailing vacation, the first step is deciding what kind of yacht you’d like to charter. Your selection will either be a catamaran or a monohull. So what is the main difference between catamarans and monohulls? One is not necessarily better than the other, it depends on what your needs are for your trip. Whichever one you choose, the Chesapeake Bay offers forgiving conditions with a soft bottom, gentle and predictable winds, and multiple charming harbors across the bay. Below are some of the advantages and features of chartering a monohull versus catamaran:

Monohull Benefits

  • Maneuverability
    Monohulls can tack quickly and make sharper turns. In anchorage, a monohull also needs less swing space so docking and undocking is typically a simple process. If you’re bareboating, you will love the feel of handling the boat.
  • Pure Sailing Pleasure
    A monohull sails through the water effortlessly without the slapping that can occur between the two hulls of a catamaran. It’s a great choice for your charter if you’re looking for a classic sailing experience and want the rush of feeling the wind and soaking in the excitement.
  • Price Point
    Monohulls are generally less expensive than catamarans to charter. You’ll also usually use less fuel on a monohull which will affect your total trip cost. They will generally take up less marina space than a catamaran which translates into a lower docking cost should you choose to stay at one of the many harbors along the bay.

Catamaran Benefits

  • Speed
    Catamarans have twin engines, which allows the yacht to have higher speeds. Under sail, it’s also faster due to the fact it has a shallow draft and doesn’t have the heavy lead keel to stay upright. You’ll be able to get where you’re going on your vacation a bit faster on a catamaran.
  • Stability
    Your morning coffee will be safe from spilling as catamarans have phenomenal stability. They won’t heel underway or rock around much on anchor. Therefore, seasickness will be less of a possibility on your trip on the Chesapeake.
  • Roominess
    They provide lots of living space which makes it great for larger groups. The cockpit, saloon, foredeck, and flybridges on some catamarans allow for ample space for entertaining and sunbathing. The additional space also provides greater privacy. Sleeping accommodations are totally separate with separate head access— perfect for couples and families traveling for multiple days. A monohull can have the same number of cabins, but they will have tighter quarters and less separation between them.

We have an amazing selection of Jeanneau monohulls and Fountaine Pajot catamarans available for bareboat or crewed charter. At Cruise Annapolis, we pride ourselves on our excellent reputation for personalized charter services, so please do not hesitate to reach out and contact us with any questions you have about planning your charter experience. Happy cruising!