Catamarans

The name catamaran is a Tamil word – Kattumaram, meaning several logs tied together forming a raft. Planks abridging the logs were then added, these craft were ideal for coastal fishing trips, originally paddled by men. They went on to travel the Indian and Pacific oceans. Sails were introduced some 20,000 years ago which enabled them to travel further afield with boats of 70 ft or more and makeshift shelters, subsequently achieving voyages of over 2,000 miles.

 

The Origin of Catamarans

The name catamaran is a Tamil word – Kattumaram, meaning several logs tied together forming a raft. Planks abridging the logs were then added, these craft were ideal for coastal fishing trips, originally paddled by men. They went on to travel the Indian and Pacific oceans. Sails were introduced some 20,000 years ago which enabled them to travel further afield with boats of 70 ft or more and makeshift shelters, subsequently achieving voyages of over 2,000 miles.

 

Catamaran

Today’s version is two parallel hulls connected by a bridge deck. Originally propelled by man then by wind, now assisted by one or two auxiliary engines.

 

Present Design

One advantage as a sailing boat is that it does not need ballast in the hulls, this makes a sailing catamaran light and fast. Interior layout on an average 40 ft cat is four double cabins and two bathrooms, one in each hull, and a large bridge-deck area for entertaining, Ideal for the leisure market.

 

Recent History

In the 1870’s Nathaneal Herreshoff the designer of many America’s Cup Boats, built a range of catamarans that went on to beat the monohulled boats so successfully that his catamarans were banned from entering any future racing events. Catamaran Racing, however, started again in the late 1950’s and catamarans became a very popular racing-boat. Other marine sectors opened, with catamarans being built for the leisure and fishing boat markets.

 

Catamaran Maintenance

Maintenance of catamarans is described fully in the main section. Click here to find out more.

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