In this article, we compare a traditional cruising monohull: Jeanneau SO 440 to a traditional catamaran in the 42 feet range: Lagoon 42
The most perceptible thing about cruising a catamaran or trimaran versus a conventional monohull sailing yacht is the absence of healing.
In any event, when the sails are powered up, a multihull will rarely heel more than 5-10 degrees before it’s an ideal opportunity to reef.
If you are planning a sailing vacation or want to find out what is the best option for charter ownership and you aren’t sure whether you want a catamaran or a monohull, you need to weigh the pros and cons of each to see what makes more sense for your purposes. At Yacht-Match, we quite like both … for different reasons!
Let’s dig into to the pros and cons and compare a sailing yacht to a sailing catamaran…
The new generation of Sun Odysseys reflects harmony on board, and this well-being flows from a clever ergonomic design.
The new Jeanneau Sun 440 benefits from an entirely new, innovative layout for greater ease of movement about the boat. At once seaworthy and welcoming, cosy and sporty, masculine and feminine, the Jeanneau SO 440 is as attractive on the interior as on the exterior.
Some of the innovative new features include a convertible coamings offering a unique relaxation zone, where you easily can shift the cockpit seating bench into a day bed.
The easy access to the catwalks and the shrouds position further enhance the flow and accessibility to the front of the yacht and as well the boom and mainsail lazybag.
This is all made possible by the re-design of the deck structure where the recline found at both port -and starboard offering direct access level to the helms position and the catwalks.
The exterior breaths more classical yachting and the signature styling of the Jeanneau Yard’s sailing range Sun Odyssey. Reefing and easy access to winches are made possible through the option of a german sheeting system.
The Lagoon 42 benefits from a rig set more centrally, a formula with advantages validated by her bigger sisters. The larger foretriangle makes it possible to juggle between the big self-tacking jib and the downwind sails.
Because of the high aspect ratio of the mainsail, the size of the boom is shorter. It provides performance and manoeuvrability, while weight-centering limits pitch. From the helm, the unobstructed view and the access to all sail manoeuvers guarantee perfect control, even when sailing short-handed.
With no exception to any other catamaran in this segment, the Lagoon 42 offers plenty of social areas. Only two little steps separate the bathing platforms from the cockpit, a large terrace on the same level as the saloon. Protected but airy, the cockpit simply invites you to relax.
In the front of the catamaran, you will find yet another social area and added cockpit accessed through both catwalks.
A link between the interior and the ocean, the cockpit of the 42 multiplies the spaces for relaxation and facilitates communication. Well-separated, the helm station remains accessible at all times. The large table that can sit eight to ten guests doesn’t hinder traffic or access to comfort and storage facilities.
The Jeanneau SO 440 breaths more classical yacht than most other yachts from their competitors in this segment. It offers a dedicated chart table situated facing away from the companion way next to the galley.
Entering the saloon by the smooth descending companion way, you are immediately struck by light, from both the indirect lighting and ventilation hatches and hull and coach roof windows. The galley a L-shaped galley centered at port side, offering a safe and very functional space to cook and work under way.
The are several elegant details that make for the spacious interior, like the extra seating space in the saloon area which converts to a beautiful chaiselong or an extra couch for the dining table.
Some noticeable practical details is the refrigerator’s front access, which is very helpful in both using and cleaning the unit. Compared to the catamaran, there are extra storage space details in the galley and also enough storage under floorboards and seating.
The layout options features three different owners versions set up, with the choice between two bathrooms, two cabin or a combination.
Unique for this segment of yachts is also a wide rectangular owner/ captains bed at the front of the yacht.
Available in three or four cabin versions, the Lagoon 42 can accommodate up to twelve passengers when the saloon table is converted into a double berth and the forepeaks are fitted out.
Whatever option is chosen, the huge saloon remains identical, aligned with Lagoon’s standards: panoramic view of the exterior, exceptional ventilation, easy to move around, durable and select materials.
The mast pole in the middle is somewhat a design feature found in the Lagoons newer version and is something you pay focus to in the beginning but over time is forgotten.
The galley extends out on either side of the large sliding glass window. Practical both at anchor and under way thanks to its U-shaped layout, it favours immediate access to storage, large volumes of cold storage, natural ventilation and generous worktop surfaces
The front cabins has rather high placed asymetrical beds and offer a lot of light and space but not any extra storage. None of the guest will draw the shorter straw when picking their quarters as the Lagoon 42 offers spacious double beds in all four cabins.
Not so common for catamarans in this size is to have separate showers and heads, the Lagoon 42 offers both, with a lot of ventilation.
Multihulls are definitely increasing in popularity and as a result of strong demand they command higher prices in both new and brokerage markets. Maintenance costs, which are significantly higher than for a monohull, need to be factored in when making a buying decision. The monohull is not half the price of a multihull but certainly a price bracket down or two.
With a minimum of 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. Since most catamarans are built in Europe, there are delivery costs involved when purchasing the boat.