From boat charter Ibiza we are happy to offer you our catamarans in Ibiza and the rest of the Balearic Islands.
On this picture you can check out one of our luxurious catamarans in Ibiza
But what type of vessel is a catamaran ?
For the uninitiated in the world of sailing an boats and those of you considering renting a catamaran in Ibiza this summer , we will begin by saying that a catamaran is a boat that has two hulls, which is like placing two single hulled sailing boats together next to each other , leaving an empty space between the two hulls ,flying over the water, without touching the waves, and therefore without producing friction against it, thus catamarans are more stable and sail faster than regular sailing boats .
On the picture above we can fully appreciate the space between the two hulls that “flies ” over the water
The origin of catamarans
The word catamaran comes from the Tamil language originated in Sri Lanka. Back in the day, Tamil people built the first catamarans. It was a type of boat widely used not only in Southeast Asia but also in other parts of the world and in the Pacific. Came to be as a canoe with an annex that helped keeping always the upright position and prevented overturned towards one side. It also endowed the boat with additional space and the boat user could allocate people rowing on the main hull, while the other hull was used for transportation of goods , provisions, etc. .
On the image above you can see the stern of one of our catamarans for hire in Ibiza and the steps that ease your way into the water.
Today, any of the catamarans for rent that you can hire in Ibiza and the Balearic islands, is made of fiberglass. Catamarans are manufactured through a process very similar to regular mono-hulled sailing boats, using molds and filling up this molds with fiberglass. Cruise catamarans offer a lot of advantages over traditional single-hull sailboats.
A catamaran can navigate on sail, on motor, or both sail and motor. Those with sails are known as sailing catamarans or multihull sailing boat. When the catamaran has only engines as sole means of propulsion , it is known as power-catamarans .
Most catamarans incorporate a motor in each of the hulls , which also provide a higher safety in the event of one of the two engines failing. It also endows the boat with a higher maneuverability in short spaces even being possible to spin on its own axis. This feature is almost unthinkable for a single-hulled sailing boat.
The rise of the demand on catamaran for rent in Ibiza
Development in technology and safety improvements on modern catamarans , with the significant increase in the volume of their hulls , but without losing any sailing performance, has risen year after year the demand for rental catamarans in Ibiza and Formentera and other growing markets throughout the entire Mediterranean coast and islands.
Advantages of a catamaran over a sailing boat
As mentioned before, the catamaran offers a high number of advantages over a regular sailing boat, but these advantages are especially notable for those who have not had prior involvement with the world of sailing.
- Almost total absence of heeling : catamarans do not heel.
- Also since the catamaran is balanced at all times, it does not convey a sense of unsafety for people unfamiliar with sailing or boating.
- Great habitability : The living area featuring a catamaran both inside and outside is spectacular, especially when compared to a normal single hull sailboat of similar length . We can say that the living space is almost double , and this feature is essential as it provides not only more space for users, but also let us introduce a higher number of amenities on board: a refrigerator plus size , high freshwater capacity tanks , more space for toilets and showers , larger beds and a boat much more stable and comfortable when moored.
- Catamaran are heavier than sailboats, but since they offer a lower water friction coefficient, they have a better hydrodynamic . In other words, the sharp hulls of a catamaran provide less water friction than a single hulled sailboat.
The extremely high demand for catamaran charter Ibiza
Year after year there is a greater demand for rental boats in Ibiza, and this increasing demand typically corresponds to new renters, people who have or have had very little to do with the world of nautical sports. Among this first timers, the catamaran has emerged as the most demanded type of boat in Ibiza.
Most companies dedicated to Ibiza boat hire are fully booked for their catamarans by mid-March every year, especially for the most demanded weeks that are often the last week in July and the first weeks in August.
Interior layout of a catamaran
Each catamaran offers an amazing space over the platform that flies over the water linking both hulls. Most models use this wide space to place a comfortable living room or lounge.
Then both hulls are usually identical on the charter boats, offering a couple of cabins on each hull. On the contray, on the owner’s versions, the hulls are quite often different. One of the hulls offers 2 cabins, while the other hull has a huge cabin with a small office and a really spacious bathroom with a separate shower.
So, why us, boat charter companies, do not offer more catamarans in Ibiza
The answer to this question is quite simple and is summed up in three words : shortage of moorings . Usually it is really difficult , if not impossible, to get a permanent mooring for a traditional sailboat in Ibiza. So you can imagine the extreme difficulty of finding a mooring in a port for a boat like a catamaran, whose beam (width) occupies almost the space of two ssailing boats. On top of that, in case of finding not one but two free berths at a port , we also need these two berths to be next to each other.
So, when should I book my holiday on a catamaran in Ibiza?
If you want to book a catamaran hire Ibiza , especially if you are looking into the first weeks of August , you really need to plan ahead and make up your mind as soon as possible.
The first bookings are typically secured on January, and are quite often our central European neighbors those planning and securing the first reservations : German, Dutch , British and French. Then, as the months pass by, and we get closer to summer , the Mediterranean countries, especially the domestic market in Spain and the Italians start to be very active on reservations.
There is a popular saying in Spain stating that experience is the mother of science, and those who wanted to rent a catamaran in Ibiza and have stayed on land or have had to choose another destination, know well that they cannot wait too long when booking your catamaran in Ibiza and Formentera.
Ibiza catamaran rental customers
The evolution of the demand for boats has conditioned the offer
Every year there is a greater demand for rental catamarans. Just the opposite happens to regular sailing boats. This also happens in sailboat sales, since most boat charter companies in Ibiza are buying only catamarans when buying new boats to renew their fleets.