Our guide to the best catamaran brands

Are you ready to take the plunge and buy a yacht? Many sailors opt for catamarans over monohulls due to their speed. In fact, catamarans are often seen cutting up the open water with a sailor or two hiking out in order to maximize their speed even further. 

The appeal of catamarans has led designers to construct vessels that satisfies every owner’s needs, but before deciding which brand is best, it’s important to make the choice between a power cat and a sailing cat.

Sailing catamaran vs power catamaran

Both types of yachts each have their own set of benefits, so if you’re wondering whether to purchase a sailing catamaran or a power catamaran, it all comes down to what you’re looking for in a yacht.

Benefits of power catamarans

Alternatively, you may decide that a power catamaran is the best choice for you. If you feel the need for speed, for example, then a power cat is the answer. Plus, if you plan to cruise routes that feature bridges with height restrictions, then a power cat is preferable due to their low clearance.

Benefits of sailing catamarans

Want to embark on longer-range cruising, or follow the sun? Sailing cats are the ideal option.  

Sailing Catamarans are also more environmentally friendly.

If you’re unsure about which is the best catamaran for you, then get in touch with us and let us help you reach that decision.

The next question you need to ask yourself is which brand to opt for. Here, we take a look at our top catamaran brands and what makes them a cut above the rest.

Bali

Bali catamarans are sought after for their space, as they’re specifically designed to provide yachtsmen with ample living quarters. 

As they’re only produced at two sites (Canet-en-Roussilon and Marans in France), thissmall-scale production ensures that only the very best  quality is achieved in each and every one of their yachts, making them one of the favored catamaran brands amongst many boaters.

Their innovative designs and safety features continuously makes Bali one of the most popular catamaran brands. The use of low-density material makes these boats extremely buoyant and just about unsinkable. Plus, anti-osmotic resins also give the boats a highly protective covering, which is excellent for their long-term durability. 

Offering both sailing and power catamarans, these are the Bali catamaran models we’d recommend:

Bali 4.1

The evolution of the original Bali 4.0, Bali 4.1 makes this list because of the sheer amount of space it offers. Seating has been added to the aft cockpit and the storage section is bigger too, which is perfect for storing scuba diving or snorkeling equipment. 

The open-plan nature of this catamaran means it’s great for socializing, with spacious areas for sunbathing, sitting, cooking and sleeping.

Bali 4.3 MY

This power cat offers luxury in abundance, with a 30m2 deck offering ample spaces for sunbathing!

Dine in style on the terrace and sleep soundly in the elegantly designed bedrooms.  The helm is big enough to rival larger yachts, enabling you to cruise in total comfort.

 Bali 5.4

The sense of space you’ll feel in this catamaran is unlike any other Bali model. This is down in part to the large glass windows, which provide you with epic panoramic views.

The main saloon is free of bulkheads, meaning you’ll get to enjoy direct access to the cockpit; yet the much-loved features on similar Bali yachts are still present, including the forward deck, in replacement of the trampoline.

If you value space and luxury, then the Bali 5.4 is the best catamaran for you.

Catana

Part of the Bali Group, Catana catamarans are available between 42 and 70 feet long, giving prospective yacht owners plenty of choice when it comes to space. 

Like Bali, Catana yachts are only produced in two sites in France, meaning they can control their high standards of quality in every single yacht.

This quality is evident throughout. For example, eEvery yacht is built with foam sandwich vacuum infusion technology, which consolidates the frame of the boat while at the same time making it lighter and faster. The infrastructure of a Catana is technologically advanced in comparison to its contemporaries because of the spacious bridge-deck clearance and lofty freeboard. Curved daggerboards reduce the chance of tipping, and “crash boards” will ensure the buoyancy of any Catana, making it one of the top catamaran brands around.. 

These are our picks of the best catamarans by Catana; contact us for more details.

Catana 53

The Catana 53 was launched following months of extensive research, speaking to employees at the Catana shipyard, architects and the brand’s customers. The result? An extremely impressive catamaran.

Boxy and angular, the design is aesthetically pleasing, yet clearly built for long-range cruising. The layout on-board is an example of open-plan at its finest, with the huge front windows letting in lots of light while offering impressive views.

Catana 62

Much like the Catana 53, this particular model was developed following extensive collaboration between naval architects and Catana’s dedicated R&D team.

This extensive research is easy to see once you step on-board. Maxi hulls with inverted bulls, carbon infusion technology and foil-type daggerboards are all featured of this particular yacht. 

One of the safest cruising catamarans around, it’s light and sturdy, without compromising on a spacious and luxurious living area.

Catana 70

The Catana 70 is cited as one of the best catamarans by many experienced sailors – and it sure is a sight to behold.

Its exterior is a combination of racy lines and a sleek profile, while its interior stops nothing short of luxury. Functional and refined, it’s clear that every detail – however slight – has been well thought out, to offer sailors a truly enjoyable time on-board.

With the ability to be personalized upon request, the Catana 70 truly embodies both design and technical excellence; exceeding expectations.

 

Fountaine Pajot

If you’re docked and happen upon an eco-friendly boat utilizing renewable energy resources, you have probably just encountered a Fountaine Pajot. These boats are constantly leading the pack as the most technologically advanced  manufacturer, making them one of the best catamaran yachts you can buy. 

‘Eco-versions’ are offered to environmentally conscious sailors, without compromising on the beautiful, high performing and comfortable designs they are renowned for. In fact,the durability of these boats give them a high resale value, which makes them ideal if you think you may want to sell yours in the future. 

The safety features in a Fountaine Pajot yacht are unrivalled; with ehe unique partitioning meaning that in the unlikely event of a leak, parts of the vessel can be sealed off. 

Producing both power and sailing cats, here are our pick of the best catamarans Fountaine Pajot has to offer.

Saona 47

Exquisitely crafted, you can relax on the 9m2 lounge deck, or top up your tan on the sun lounger. If you think you might want to try extended cruising, then the Saona 47’s extensive storage space will definitely come into good use.

The weight-to-volume ratio of this yacht has resulted in exceptional stability and balance, meaning every sailing experience you get to enjoy will be an unforgettable one.

Ipanema 58

Opt for the Ipanema 50 and choose between the classic version, where there is a saloon between the kitchen; or the lounge version, where the saloon and kitchen are broken down into two separate areas by a lounge and galley.

With a 25m2 cockpit, you’ll have the option to live “inside and out”, making the Ipanema one of our best catamarans for cruising.

 

Lagoon

Designed by the renowned boat designers Marc Van Peteghem and Vincent Lauriot Prevost, who also designed  the famed 2010 America’s Cup winning trimaran; Lagoon is a world leader in catamaran cruisers.

Every single Lagoon catamaran offers plenty of luxury living space, mixed with performance sailing ability. The deck and hull structures are vacuum injected; while the furniture is panels are created from reconstituted wood, in their bid to help with the environment. For more information on Lagoons please contact us.

While there are so many Lagoon models to choose from, these are our top three:

Lagoon 620

Providing the solution to the sailor of today, the Lagoon 620 is favored as one of the best catamarans by many.

Receiving a refresh in 2012, the interiors have been designed for ultimate comfort, including a redesign of the dining room settees and an increase in indirect lighting due to changes to the ceiling.

Available in three different versions, with four, five or six cabins, the interior offers total comfort while sailing, without compromising on performance.

Lagoon Seventy7

Over 23 meters in length, the Lagoon Seventy7 is fully bespoke, meaning you can create your yacht any way you’d like it (if you choose the forward galley and crew charters version).

The sheer size of the flybridge provides extra living space, and the accessible cockpit means you can enjoy outstanding horizon views. But our favorite thing about this yacht? The direct access to the sea from the main bedroom – just think of it as your own private beach!

Lagoon Seventy8

This power catamaran offers even more room, at 24 meters in length. Customizable options on the flybridge include a jacuzzi or a folding dining table – perfect if you plan on bringing guests on-board.

The interiors are stylish yet refined, resulting in timeless designs. The Lagoon Seventy8 is ideal if you plan to embark on any long-distance cruising, with its fuel tank able to hold up 8,500 litres, equating to approximately 4,000 nautical miles.

 

Nautitech

Enjoy limitless cruising on a Nautitech power catamaran. Their new line – which they introduced in 2018 – combines efficiency and power, without sacrificing plenty of space for socializing.

Only the highest quality materials are used, meaning you can relax in the knowledge that you’re in total safety. With every Nautitech catamaran built in France, and the interiors created in Germany, everything is finished to the highest of standards, making Nautitech one of the top catamaran brands around.

Nautitech 40

If you’re looking to strike the perfect balance between lifestyle and performance, then the Nautitech 40 is the ideal yacht for you.

An abundance of space means you can relax and unwind with friends and family, or take some time out for yourself, while enjoying the stylish interiors.

The trampoline offers the perfect spot for some sunbathing, or enjoy your afternoons snorkeling, swimming or diving.

Nautitech 46

Explore the ocean on a Nautitech 46 in luxury and comfort.

The interior of this catamaran is stunning: 360-degree panoramic views, with lots of lighting and sumptuous seating that you can sit back and relax in.

Choose between the three and four cabin options for up to eight people; where you can enjoy some time together, whether it’s just for a day trip, or for a longer-term adventure.

Nautitech 47

The first new model in the range, it has the power to cruise for 1000 miles, at a speed of 22 knots. You even have the ability to upgrade your engines to either 2 x 225 HP or 300 HP.

The interiors lend to an open concept when it comes to the saloon and cockpit, and you have the option to choose between three or four cabins. Plus, with the way the seats are situated, you’ll get to enjoy a beautiful sunset every time you set sail on this yacht. 

Truly a combination of power, comfort and style at its finest, the Nautitech 47 is one of the best catamaran yachts around.

 

Aquila

Aquila has broken through the market in recent years, with its range of power catamarans representing some of the most innovative designs on the market.

On anAquila catamaran, you’ll get to enjoy fuel-efficient and stable cruising, with enough strength to cross oceans if you choose to. 

Their yachts are award-winning, brought to life by the industry’s most sought-after boat designers, developers and builders. 

It’s all about the extra touches – large storage spaces, memory foam beds and variable temperature showers means that whether you decide to spend just a day on the boat, or an extended period of time, you’ll always get to experience total comfort.

Here are some of our favorite Aquila power cats on the market.

Aquila 36

Her size may look modest, but her space suggests anything but. Featuring two small cabins with ensuites and a generous space for relaxing and socializing, this 36-foot vessel certainly doesn’t sacrifice the luxury of larger yachts.

If you choose to invest in an Aquila 36, you’ll get to customize it to your specific requirements, including a power-opening sunroof to enjoy maximum light, and joystick control.

Aquila 44

Featuring an additional cabin to the Aquila 36, the Aquila 44 catamaran is ideal if you want to sail with several guests.

Enjoy features such as the convertible bar area and the unique layout of the aft cockpit, which transform it from the norm.

But perhaps one of the most notable things on this catamaran is the forward stairway, which leads directly from the foredeck to the flybridge, meaning guests can easily get from the bridge to the bow.

Aquila 48

The one thing this power catamaran offers in abundance is privacy, because of the sheer amount of space it offers. The cabins are kept apart from each other, with the master cabin separated from the guest cabins by a tunnel.

Yet for all the privacy the cabins allow, social interaction is promoted with the saloon, cockpit and galley flowing seamlessly from one to the other.

Whether you’re looking to use it for a day trip, or a long-distance cruise, then this yacht can do both; making the Aquila 48 one of our top catamarans.

We understand that choosing your perfect yacht is hard, which is why we want to help! Representing the world’s leading yacht manufacturers, we offer a range of monohulls, catamarans and power catamarans for sale.

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