Catamarans will give you the confidence to head out in conditions that keep other boaters at shore.
The Most Exciting Catamaran Exhibits from This Year’s Boating Show
The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show of 2022 brought to us some of the most beautiful yachts of all times. From motor yachts, center consoles, fishing yachts and inflatables to pontoons and trawlers. But the selection of catamarans was exceptional and the crowds at the show came ready to buy.
In simplest terms, the name is derived from the Tamil word, kattumaram, which means logs bound together and the first of these designs were used for fishing. Catamarans are defined as a boat with two hulls or points of contact with the water, with a platform across the top which joins the two hulls together into one boat shape. This makes them stable and safe to cruise around. Catamarans will give you the confidence to head out in conditions that keep other boaters at shore.
Why are Catamarans Popular?
Size and stability are the main factors. With two hulls and the space in between, there tends to be more room on a catamaran, both above and below decks. Vacationers chartering a boat love cats for this reason. There’s space for a lot of people and a lot of stuff. Additionally, the stability offered by having two hulls means that the boat doesn’t heel like a monohull–it stays pretty much level. This means the sailing experience is less tiring, as you aren’t battling gravity. Catamarans don’t need as much water underneath them, so you can sail in shallower places than a monohull, and in your anchorage at night you won’t roll around. There’s also a bit more privacy for those onboard, as the two hulls are completely separate from one another.
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT SOME OF THE CATAMARANS AT THE FORT LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW
Made in China! Yes, Aquila boats are one of Americans’ favorite boats and they are made in a shipyard in China, specifically in Shanghai. What can we say, Chinese boat builders and yacht manufacturers offer in-depth knowledge and experience in advanced yacht building practices and full in-house manufacturing capabilities, so why not? What is so special about these power catamarans? They are aiming to establish a new standard of power catamaran innovation and are becoming the game changer in the marketplace, competing with Sunreef Power, Lagoon, Leopard Catamarans and more. These power catamarans are quite popular in the USA and around the world now. Some of its models have impressive stability and its formidable ride make it the perfect boat for both tournament competition, professional charter sportfishing, as well as the perfect relaxing place with the lounge on the bow seating area with up to 10+ guests onboard.
The 28 Molokai is perfectly suited for almost any boating condition. Why? Well, let’s just say that she got her name for handing the winds and currents of the seas that are notoriously rough around that Hawaiian island. Her mission is to be both an offshore-capable fishing boat with her large aft and forward cockpits, but also carry out family features suited for offshore fishing or cruising with family and friends. Since the hulls are spaced wide apart, the broad stance makes it easy to walk around both sides of the center console. The location of the center console gives anyone a 360-degree line of sight with controls strategically positioned for ease of operation. The extra-large console dash is designed to support two large multifunction displays along with the Mercury® engine monitoring displays and Fusion® sound system head unit.
The Aquila 32 and 34 Sport Power Catamaran features and enhancements make them the perfect platform for waterborne adventures namely high style, strength, quality plus exciting performance. Aquila 44 and 54 Yacht Power Catamarans are perfect for long-distance cruising and a highly social platform. They are available with 3, 4, and 5 cabin options as well as skipper’s quarters and “galley-down” layouts featuring a salon and galleys with 360° views and an extensive flybridge.
Aquila Boats are truly versatile boats that amplify your boating lifestyle. Here are some of the boats at the Boat Show.
- Aquila 28 molokai power catamaran
- Aquila 44 and 54 Yacht Power Catamaran
- Aquila 32 and 34 Sport Power Catamaran
- Aquila 70 Luxury Power Catamaran
- 2021 Aquila 70 LUXURY
Aquila 44: Power Catamaran
World Cat makes fine power catamarans that cut through the rough waters like no other. These saltwater fishing boats are known for their smooth ride and probably for that reason they are the largest maker of power catamarans in the world. They are manufactured in a 140,000 square foot facility in North Carolina. Some of their characteristics are self-bailing, unsinkable, reliable, and dry. They work really hard to exceed all industry standards. World Cat boats for sale on Boat Trader are listed for a swath of prices, valued from $27,380 on the low-end all the way up to $851,200 for the more lavish boat. Some of the small boats are great boat for family outings and sit up to 10 people. Others are ideal for high-performance sport boat lovers
Some of their boats at the boat show were:
- 23′ , 26′, 28′, 29′, 32′, 40′ World Cats
Ilidad Power Catamaran
The Iliad Catamarans are designed by the Italian naval architect Riccardo Bulgarelli and built in China. ILIAD powercats from 50-90ft have attracted strong interest and sales. They are beautiful and know one better to describe them as themselves.
” ILIAD Catamarans are designed to conquer any ocean passage with confidence. Outstanding craftsmanship, cutting-edge design and construction excellence combine to deliver unparalleled performance, long-range capability and class-leading fuel efficiency.”
Fully optioned, the ILIAD 50 sells for about US$1.5 million, the ILIAD 60 for US$2.5 million, and the ILIAD 70 for US$3.2 million. The ILIAD 90 is a “work in progress” and will be released in 2022.
Do we need to say anything else. Their beauty and designs speak for themselves.
- ILIAD 50 Power Catamaran
- ILIAD 62 Power Catamaran
- ILIAD 53S Power Catamaran
Everything Started in 1991, when John Robertson and Jerry Caine started a boatyard in Cape Town, in South Africa. They are currently one of the top competitors in the international catamaran market and South Africa’s largest boat-builder manufacturing for the export market. The company branched out into developing catamarans for Private use, and in 2000 the Leopard brand was born. Lex Raas jumped ship from the Beneteau and became operational director
accelerating the growth of the company. Sticking with its proven design formula, Leopard Catamarans combines features like no other boat. The result? Well, sales have been rolling off the production line in unprecedented numbers.
The new Leopard Catamarans come with everything one can hope for: style, luxury, outdoor living spaces, and home-away-from-home accommodations and comfort. If all of it are on your wish list, there you go. Bingo! Leopard Catamarans don’t come cheap. If you are in the market for a new catamaran, then a Leopard will set you back anything from $569,000 for their smaller 42-foot 2023 basic sailing catamaran model, and that’s if you pick it up in Cape Town!
Fun Facts about the History of Leopard Catamarans? Take a look at this Timeline:
- 1997 – Leopard 45
- 1998 – Leopard 38
- 2000 – Leopard 47
- 2001 – Leopard 42
- 2003 – Leopard 62
- 2004 – Leopard 40, 43
- 2006 Leopard 46
- 2009 Leopard 38
- 2010 Leopard 39, 44
- 2012 Leopard 48, 58
- 2014 Leopard 40
- 2016 Leopard 45
- 2018 Leopard 50
- 2020 Leopard 42
There are many things to consider before buying a boat. First, you need to be clear about your lifestyle and what kind of yacht best meets your needs. That helps you chose the boat category that you want to buy, but along with that comfort, catamarans will give you the confidence to head out in conditions that keep other boaters at shore.