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A traditional Tamil catamaran on a Chennai beach.
A traditional Tamil catamaran on a Chennai beach.

A catamaran is a type of boat (or occasionally ship) consisting of two hulls joined by a frame. Catamarans can be sail- or engine-powered. The word catamaran comes from the Tamil language, in which the word kattumaram means "logs bound together". The catamaran was the invention of the paravas, an aristocratic fishing community in the southern coast of Tamilnadu, India. Catamarans were used by the ancient Tamil Chola dynasty as early as 5th century AD for moving their fleets to conquer such Southeast Asian regions as Burma, Indonesia and Malaysia. Image File history File links Please see the file description page for further information. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Catamaran. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2304x1728, 343 KB) Summary A traditional Tamil catamaran on the beach of Chennai (Madras) in Tamil Nadu, India. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2304x1728, 343 KB) Summary A traditional Tamil catamaran on the beach of Chennai (Madras) in Tamil Nadu, India. ... Chennai (சென்னை in Tamil), formerly known as Madras , is the capital of the state of Tamil Nadu and is Indias fourth largest metropolitan city. ... 90 mile beach Australia A beach or strand is a geological formation consisting of loose rock particles such as sand, shingle, cobble, or even shell along the shoreline of a body of water. ... Some boats in a harbor in Miami Beach, Florida A boat is a watercraft, usually smaller than most ships. ... Italian ship-rigged vessel Amerigo Vespucci in New York Harbor, 1976 A ship is a large, sea-going watercraft, usually with multiple decks. ... A hull is the body or frame of a ship or boat. ... A sail is any type of surface intended to generate thrust by being placed in a wind —in essence a vertically-oriented wing. ... A colorized automobile engine The internal combustion engine is a heat engine in which the burning of a fuel occurs in a confined space called a combustion chamber. ... Tamil (தமிழ் ) is a classical language and one of the major languages of the Dravidian language family. ... A log can be: a cut portion of a tree bole or large branch (see logging) a time-sequential data record (see data logging) a logarithm used in mathematical calculations a log (speed) to measure the speed of a ship a Ships log of important events in the management... Conversion of paravas by Francis Xavier, in a 19th-century colored lithograph Parava or Paravas, also known as Bharathar, Paravar, Meenparavar and Fernandos, is one of the oldest Tamil castes. ... Fishing is the activity of hunting for fish. ... The Cholas were the most famous of the three dynasties that ruled ancient Tamil Nadu. ... // Overview Events Romulus Augustus, Last Western Roman Emperor 410: Rome sacked by Visigoths 452: Pope Leo I allegedly meets personally with Attila the Hun and convinces him not to sack Rome 439: Vandals conquer Carthage At some point after 440, the Anglo-Saxons settle in Britain. ... Location of Southeast Asia Southeast Asia is a subregion of Asia. ...

Catamarans are a relatively recent design of boat for both leisure and sport sailing, although they have been used for millennia in Oceania, where Polynesian catamarans allowed seafaring Polynesians to settle the world's most far-flung islands. Catamarans have been met by a degree of scepticism from some sailors accustomed to more "traditional" designs. Oceania is a geographical, often geopolitical, region consisting of numerous lands – mostly islands but often including Australia – in the Pacific Ocean and vicinity. ... Polynesia (from Greek, poly = many and nesi = island) is a large grouping of over 1,000 islands in the central and southern Pacific Ocean. ... A sailor is a member of the crew of a ship or boat. ...


Catamaran sailing

Two Hobie catamarans, showing the typical Hobie raised platform joining the two hulls, and tall mast.
Two Hobie catamarans, showing the typical Hobie raised platform joining the two hulls, and tall mast.
Stars & Stripes, a racing catamaran
Stars & Stripes, a racing catamaran

Although the principles of sailing are the same for both catamarans and monohulls, there are some "peculiarities"to sailing catamarans. For example: picture of two Hobie catamarans on beach This came from Gimp-Savvy. ... picture of two Hobie catamarans on beach This came from Gimp-Savvy. ... This image is copyrighted, and used with permission. ... This image is copyrighted, and used with permission. ... 1988 Stars & Stripes and KZ1 1988 Stars & Stripes at her dock in San Diego Stars & Stripes is the name of a series of racing yachts operated by Dennis Conner to compete in the Americas Cup. ...

  • Catamarans can be harder to tack (turn through the wind). Because they are lighter in proportion to their sail size, they have less momentum to carry them through the turn when they are head to wind. Correct use of the jib sail is often essential in successfully completing a tack without ending up stuck in irons (pointing dead into the wind and sailing backwards).
  • They have a higher average speed.
  • All boats sail faster when travelling in certain directions relative to the wind with the best speeds typically being achieved when heading away from the wind at about 135 degrees. This effect is much more noticeable with catamarans, even to the extent that it can be more efficient to jibe ('tack' downwind) in zig zags, rather than heading directly away from the wind as a monohull would.
  • Catamarans are less likely to capsize in the classic 'beam-wise' manner but often have a tendency to 'pole-axe' (or 'pitchpole') instead - where the leeward (downwind) bow sinks into the water and the boat 'trips' over forward, leading to a capsize.

Teaching for new sailors is usually carried out in monohulls as they are thought easier to learn to sail, a mixture of all the differences mentioned probably contributes to this.

Catamarans, and multihulls in general, are normally faster than single-hull boats for four reasons:

  • each hull of a catamaran is (typically) thinner in cross section than those of monohulls;
  • catamarans are lighter due to the fact there is no keel counterweight.
  • catamarans have a wider beam (the distance from one side of the boat to the other), which makes them more stable and therefore able to carry more sail area per unit of length than an equivalent monohull.
  • the greater stability means that the sail is more likely to stay upright in a gust, drawing more power than a monohull's sail which is more likely to lean over.

Catamarans are especially favourable in coastal waters, where the open spaces permit the boat to reach and maintain its maximum speed. Catamarans make good cruising and long distance boats: The Race (around the world, in 2001) was won by the giant catamaran Club Med skippered by Grant Dalton. It went round the earth in 62 days at an average speed of eighteen knots. A fer is a large beam around which the hull of a ship is built. ... The Race (La Course du Millenaire) was a round-the-world sailing race starting in Barcelona, Spain on December 31, 2000. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... A knot is a non SI unit of speed equal to one nautical mile per hour. ...

Catamaran designs

Popular small racing catamaran sailboats include:

  • The Hobie cats (especially the 16-foot long Hobie 16, as well as many other designs including 14, 17, 18, and 20 ft models.)
  • Nacras
  • Prindles
  • International A-Class (open design; length 5.49 m (18 ft), beam 2.3 m (7 ft 6.5 in), weight 75 kg, sail 13.94 m² (150 ft²))
  • Formula classes (F16, F18, F20)
  • Dart 15 and Dart 18
  • Tornado, Olympic class racing catamaran.

Small sailing catamarans that are mass-produced, trailerable, and can be beached on sandy shores are commonly called "beach cats". Hobie Cats are small racing catamarans that are mainly used for racing and personal use. ... The A-Class Catamaran, often abbreviated to A-Class, is a developmental class sailing catamaran for singlehanded racing. ... Sports catamaran or beach catamaran sailing The Formula 18 class, with its F18 abbreviation, is one of the success stories in the sport catamarans scene. ... The Dart 15 was made by Laser who stopped production in 2001, when it was phased out by the new Dart 16. ... The Tornado is an olympic class sailing catamaran, with a crew of two. ...

Catamarans for ferries

Large, experimental, high-speed military catamaran.

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Powered catamarans

A recent development in catamaran design has been the introduction of the power catamaran. The 'power' version incorporates the best features of a motor yacht and combines it with the traditional sailing characteristics of a multihull. Usually, the power catamaran is devoid of any sailing apparatus as demonstrated by one of the top-selling models in the United States, the Lagoon Power 43. This vessel has now been introduced to a number of charter fleets in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean and is becoming an increasingly common sight.

Mega catamarans

One of the biggest developments over the last decade in the yachting arena has been the rise of the super catamaran - a multihull over 60 feet in length which come in semi-custom and custom designs.

Various international manufacturers are leading the way in this area including Yapluka, Sunreef, Lagoon and Privilege. A catamaran over 145 feet in length is reportedly under construction on the Eastern Seaboard of the United States.

The emergence of the super or mega catamaran is a relatively new event which is akin to the rise of the mega or super yacht which was used to describe the huge growth in luxury, large motor yachts in the French Riviera and Floridian Cost.

It takes up to one year to complete construction of one of these super catamarans and represent state-of-the-art design breakthroughs in the catamaran sector.

See also

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