For centuries islanders have used the twin hull as a staple point of marine design to travel the world oceans. Although, we have seen much of the western world has adopted the mono hull style boat for ocean travel by influences and other factors.
In 1876 Nathaniel Herreshoff designed a selling catamaran that was extremely light and versatile on the water therefore cats were banned from sailboat racing for years to come.
The strengths and weaknesses of a catamaran versus mono hall designed craft can be viewed as comparing apples to oranges to some extent. Both hull designs can score well in areas that others do not, but we believe the concepts of twin hull versus mono arises when the quest for a better riding boat is sought after by anglers and boaters alike.
The twin hull has very low drag as they cut through the water and the basic hydro dynamics of two slim hulls versus a broader mono hull will have lower resistance on the surface and push less water, therefore requiring smaller engines to move/cut through the friction.
However, a mono hull boat is faster and more efficient at gaining speed when you want to out run an approaching storm or get to a secret fishing spot before all the other anglers. But it is likely that you’ll spend most of your time cruising at a lower speed that is comfortable for guest and being mindful of fuel burn on a long journey offshore.
The simple ergonomic facts are two hulls around twenty feet in length will experience less slap, pound, or hammer on the water surface in rough seas then your typical mono hull of similar size. Catamarans provide a softer cushion on the deck because of the design of each hull is thinner and slice through waves rather than crash down on them.
Some of the bigger issues with a catamaran style hull is turning. This causes a driver to experience “jerking” at the helm with the boat turning out-bound instead of in-bound. Many sailing catamarans have been corrected by adding foils to their hulls. The addition of a foil concept is being tested on power cats which and outboard motor settings to help with cornering on twin hulls.
The storage capacity has increased over time with twin hulls by utilizing more of the center and side areas. The increased width of the twin hulls as a platform allows for more room on the deck forward and aft of the center console and along the sides for moving around with gear.
Utilizing the hulls on both sides of the craft we can access the lengthy channels for storing items such as, long gaff’s, pole spears, dive flags, and fishing equipment or safety gear that is can be limited by short box style storage areas on a mono hull.
Our power cats are built to accommodate the mid-range market for offshore fisherman and families alike. There are bigger models on the water made by companies such as World Cat, Freeman, Invincable Boats, and Insetta . The increased sizes on the hull design are remarkable and performance is enhanced along with ride comfort, but many require a budget over $150k and above to enjoy riding out on a catamaran style powerboat.
Falcon boats offers the Offshore 22′ and Badcats Bay series within a reasonable budget that offers competitive range and distance with keeping the cat ride in mind. We are considering the “Average Joe” angler in mind with an affordable power cat that won’t break the bank.