Learn about Yachts

Always had a dream of sailing the seas? Yacht & Power Sales is here to help make your dream a reality. Below is some information about boats and how to get started.

Make the right choice for you

Having settled on the choice to buy a yacht, the choices available to you are abundant. What that does mean is that given the large amount of sizes, styles, capabilities and purposes there is a perfect yacht out there for everyone.  The two major categories you’ll start with in making your decision is whether to invest in a sail or a motor yacht. Typically speaking, motor yachts have more space and security and are the vessel of choice for families and larger groups of people. Sailing yachts, on the other hand, maintain the same levels of comfort but are better suited to those who picture themselves navigating under a sail, or getting involved in the more hands on aspects of sailing. You’ll also need to settle on a hull type- monohull or multihull. We’ve delved into the differences between motor yachts and sail yachts as well as those between mono hulls and multihulls to help you make your decision. 

Please do get in contact if you’d like to discuss what kind of boat is right for you.

Motor Yachts versus Sailing Yachts

When buying a yacht, the starting point is usually choosing between motor yacht or sailing yacht.  At least up until very recently, sailboats were seen as for the adventurous, those willing to sacrifice comfort for an experience out on the seas, whilst motor yachts were seen as the easier and much more opulent option. With so many yachts for sale on the market today, it can be hard to decide which is the perfect yacht for you. Whilst for some that decision can be straightforward, for others it is a more difficult choice.

Sailing yacht on the ocean

About Sailing Yachts

The unbridled thrill of navigating the seas using the natural forces of the elements and the excitement of the adventure into wilderness is something that resonates with our sailing yacht customers. Sailing, however, is not simply an art reserved for experienced seafarers. With the latest state-of-the-art stabilisers and the undoubted benefits of the keel and the rig, an extremely pleasurable and relaxing cruise can be enjoyed. Sailing yachts also tend to be slower than motor yachts and are often preferred by those searching for a peaceful experience at sea. 

Sailing offers the unique opportunity to enjoy both a challenging sport and a peaceful cruise in the same holiday. Perfect for those who love the idea of travelling across the water, powered only by the wind, sailing yachts are a natural choice. For owners looking to be hands on with their yacht a sailing yacht can seriously appeal. A sailing yacht is also your passport to the popular regatta scene, which is a fantastic way for sailing owners to come together and share the joy of racing under sail.

Whilst capable of sailing purely under sail most sailing yachts can also comfortably motor around the 12 knot mark, allowing owners to choose between sailing and motoring as the fancy takes them or if conditions do not permit sailing. Choose between a modern sailing design, with performance crafts and cruising vessel, or a timeless classic design.

Modern sailing yachts allow you to enjoy life right on the water, the way sailors have been navigating the seas for centuries. Many modern sailing yachts are designed with serious performance in mind, allowing them to tackle all conditions and pick up impressive speeds when underway.

Sailing yacht owners also incur greatly reduced prices for purchase and for maintenance. Sailing yachts, of course, consume far less fuel, which allows its guests to travel further for less and with fewer stops and which also makes sailing yachts a greener and more economic option.

senior man on sail boat or yacht sailing in sea
Power Boats for Sale Catamaran motor yacht on the ocean

About Motor Yachts

Motor yachts and power boats are more powerful and faster vessels, capable of covering greater distances in less time. So if you are hoping to travel widely on your next day cruise around the Cape, then a motor yacht is the ideal vessel for you to choose. Motor yachts offer many advantages including a variety of large spaces to make group sailing trips a true joy. 

The size of motor yachts means that they are able to incorporate various amenities and benefits, from staterooms to on deck hot tubs, dining areas and other entertainment options. The most well known type of  yacht, motor yachts take sailing to the next level. While the popularity of sailing yachts continues to increase, motor yachts continue to dominate the industry making up 90% of the world’s fleet. 

Given their popularity, motor yachts have benefited from greater technological advances compared to their sailing counterparts. This means that not only is the motor yacht faster, but it also boasts a shallow draft that offers its guests the chance to navigate almost any coastline or archipelago, regardless of whether the passage is narrow or the water is shallow.

Motor yachts are equally popular for their versatility elsewhere. Motor yachts tend to be larger and enjoy greater deck space on average thanks to their design and relative size. This means more on board facilities, more guests and more opportunities for recreational activities. Being powered by a motor has some fortunate but otherwise less evident benefits. As motor yachts are easier to operate the crew expenditure is greatly reduced and the crew recruitment process is far easier.

Luxury motor yacht on the ocean

The Different Hull Types

The next big decision you’ll need to make in the yachts buying process is between monohulls and multihulls. A monohull, as the name implies, has just one hull while multihulls have more than one. Apart from the number of hulls, there are also many other differences between the two that will impact your decision. One is not necessarily better than the other, but there is a right fit for everybody. We’ve broken down the difference between monohulls and multihulls and compared the two in the context of other choices. It’s an important choice because it has all kinds of consequences for speed, handling, comfort and safety. To make sure your choice of new boat lives up to your dreams, you first need to understand the basics and find out what makes cruising monohulls and multihulls tick. 

Sailing yachts with white sails in the sea

Monohulls

A monohull has just the one hull and displaces its volume in water. Monohulls have a keel underneath their hulls which is generally very heavy (made of lead). This ensures that when a monohull heels over, once the pressure is removed from the sails, the boat rights itself using gravity. 

There is no doubt that a well-built monohull can be a beautiful and extremely sound boat. Their sleek lines look fantastic on the water and they offer an exhilarating sailing experience. Monohulls tend to preferred by those who enjoy traditional sailing and the thrill of heeling over when underway.

Multihulls

Multihulls have either two hulls (catamarans) or three hulls (trimarans) and displace a smaller amount of water. This is due to both hulls being in the water with the main living areas located on the bridgedeck above, spreading the displacement of their weight over a larger area. Multihulls have become the leading choice of cruising sailors due to their combination of speed, onboard living space, performance, and safety.
Catamaran at the island of Praslin, Seychelles

Monohulls versus Catamarans

We've compared the impact of hull numbers on yacht performance to help you make your decision:

Speed

Cruising catamarans are faster than monohulls, and sailing catamarans can sail half the speed of the wind, depending upon their angle. It’s ideal to be on a boat that can reach high speeds quickly and arrive at your destination in a reliable and timely manner.

Due to their lower wetted surface area, catamarans are certainly faster, but you pay the price with a slapping and uncomfortable ride. Monohull designs work harmoniously with the elements instead of trying to fight them.

Maintenance

With catamarans, there is two of everything, so there’s certainly a trade-off of maintenance cost to reliability and redundancy. A huge benefit of having two of everything is you have a backup. So you can usually still use the boat if one component isn’t working, such as running on one engine if the other fails.

Monohulls, on the other hand, carry significantly reduced maintenance costs compared to catamarans. The reduced number of hulls means less to maintain. 

Manoevrability

Catamarans are extremely maneuverable with their multiple engines, eliminating the need for a bow thruster. They also have shallow drafts, so you can navigate into places you can’t get to with a monohull, and you can anchor closer to shore.

Monohulls, on the other hand, can make sharper turns and navigate much more easily through narrow channels and tight spaces. Plus, their higher hull displacements reduce the adverse effects of cross winds in tight conditions.

Stability

Catamarans have little to no heeling due to their weight bearing, and they don’t roll at anchor. Heeling on a monohull with unexpected gusts can be dangerous and uncomfortable, not to mention cause seasickness.

This can however mean a noisy ride and a quick motion, which many people find uncomfortable in heavier weather. In a monohull sailboat, the heeling action actually provides stability, spills wind from the sails and adds an element of safety.

Cost

With two of everything, cost can run high. Catamarans have a great resale value and a very low depreciation rate due to their popularity, and they usually sell faster than monohulls. 

Monohulls, conversely, are often significantly cheaper, especially when bearing into mind the ongoing maintenance costs- there are higher for catamarans than for monohulls.

Fuel

Since catamarans have reduced wetted surface area on their hulls, they are much more fuel-efficient. In light winds, they can use just one engine to propel the boat. 

In heavier weather, monohulls are more fuel efficient as the higher efficiency of a monohull design presents less resistance. 

Docking

While it’s easy to dock a catamaran, the unique size doesn’t always fit into a traditional slip, but with some skill and careful planning, there shouldn’t be a problem finding space. 

Conversely, a monohull is much easier to dock, takes up less space, and is cheaper to dock, haul and slip.

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