|A polynesian sailing ship with 2 hulls|
|A modern catamaran of Porsche design|
Today, catamarans have evolved in the usage, design and construction of these boats. There are two basic design types of catamarans known as the Pontoon and the SWATH (Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull).
TYPES OF CATAMARANS:
|A Pontoon boat|
The former, is quite small, compact and uses floats (known as pontoons in the marine slang) as a major technology to propel in the water along with the dual hulls. These boats are cheap and easy to make, require no ballast and have good performance.Since no displacement is lost towards ballast, therefore yielding huge operational efficiency.
The latter is quite large and is designed primarily to maintain the balance in areas of sea which have unpredictable currents and tides.These are also used as research vessels. It has to be noted that in today’s times all variations of catamarans are motorised and engine-powered making them even more reliable than what they used to be before.
|A SWATH boat|
These catamarans are also known as luxury catamarans or ferry catamarans. This is because they offer the best possible luxury to the passengers who take a trip in such ferries. And the addition of engines has made such ferries even more attractive with the crowd. The speedier nature of such ferries ensures that the passengers get the cruise trip of their choice without any lapse in time.
Sailing catamarans are used for recreational purposes by people who want to experience the life of a sailor. Catamaran sailing does not involve any place for residing in the boat. In other words, catamaran sailing can also be referred to as yachts.
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