A catamaran’s main feature is its two parallel hulls (floats) of equal size, connected by a frame or deck. They range from small recreational boats to large ocean-going vessels, and are known for their ability to sail at higher speeds than monohulls (single-hulled boats with heavy keels) due to reduced water resistance.
Sailing catamarans often have a large sail area, and their design allows them to harness the wind more efficiently. Power catamarans typically have two separate engines, one in each hull, providing very good deck space for fishing, and ferry services.
The interior layout is the major attraction and on a typical 40 footer, having two double cabins and a bathroom in each hull, plus a bridge deck saloon with panoramic views and a huge cockpit, very useful for the charter market and the leisure sailor, providing very comfortable cruising.
Sailing boats, also known as sailboats, sailing vessels or yachts, they use their sails to catch the wind to generate forward motion.
The basic components are a mast to support the sails, sails to catch the wind, a keel to stabilise the boat, and a rudder to change the boat's direction.
Common types of sailing boats include dinghies, catamarans, trimarans, sloops, ketches, yawls, and schooners. The choice of a particular type depends on its intended use; from leisure to racing, and where the boat is going to be sailing is it to be coastal or offshore. They can be a sleek racing machine, or comfortably cruising in a deck saloon.
Keel types vary from deep bulb keels for racing and lifting keels for shallow water excursions, and twin keels for staying upright when drying on the mud.
Kayaking for everyone.
Firstly we would like to introduce to the word "kayak" which originates in the Inuit and Aleut languages spoken by the indigenous peoples of the Arctic regions, and has now been adopted into English from the Inuit language.
The Inuit and Aleut people traditionally used these small, narrow kayak’s for hunting and carrying supplies in these icy waters. The original Inuit word, "qajaq" or "qayaq," referred to a hunting boat, specifically a type of one-person or two-person boat covered with a waterproof skin. These traditional kayaks were constructed by making a wooden frame with a sealskin cover.
The design and construction of kayaks were well-suited to the Arctic regions; it allowed the indigenous people to navigate icy waters and hunt for food.
Why do I need boat insurance?
Your boat is an expensive asset irrespective of its age. You need Boat Insurance to protect yourself against any claim for damages from collision, third parties, sinking, theft or fire.
Comprehensive Boat Insurance
Comprehensive Insurance allows you to claim for accidents that are either your fault or the fault of a third party, theft of your boat or legal action against you, as well as damages and injuries to guests and crew, it is the complete Boat Insurance. 3rd Party and 3rd Party Fire & Theft offers you limited liability; for example in an accident you are not covered for any damage to your boat.
Indicate the position of a boat or a person in distress.
White Flares: To indicate to another boat, there could be a danger of collision.
Red Flares: Can be used night or day and are very bright and visible. Ideal for attracting the attention of other boats.
Orange Smoke Flares are for daytime use only. It can be a canister to throw in the water or handheld.
Parachute Boat Flares: A red rocket flare used day or night, reaching a height of 300 metres and then slowly descending to earth.
Motorboats - Leisure or Commercial.
A motorboat is a watercraft propelled by a diesel or petrol engine. Unlike sailboats, which use the wind to propel them, motorboats rely on engines for power. They range from small, recreational boats to larger vessels used for fishing, transportation, or other water-related activities.
The design can vary widely, they may have cabins, seating areas, and various amenities depending on their intended use. Some motorboats are designed for speed and sport, while others prioritise comfort and functionality.
Overall, motorboats are popular for recreational activities such as cruising, waterskiing, fishing, and more.
Outboard motor boats, commonly referred to as Outboard Boats, are a popular type of watercraft equipped with outboard motors that provide propulsion and steering. Outboard boats are versatile and used for various purposes, from leisure boating to fishing, water-sports, commercial, and inshore lifeboats.
Outboard Motors - the Key Features
The defining feature of an outboard boat is the outboard motor, which is mounted on the boat's transom (the back end). The outboard motor consists of an engine, a gearbox, and a propeller. It provides the outboard boat with the primary means of propulsion and steering.
Boat Information Directory
Welcome to our Boat Information Directory, (Boat-InfoD) an eclectic collection of information, for mariners and nautical-thinking people.
Our Boat-InfoD is to guide you easily and quickly to a destination and locate an item of interest about boating matters and nautical themes.
It is a vast structured list of information for you to dip into and is updated more often than the changing tides. Access to this lazarette of nautical knowledge is free.
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