multi-hull power boats

Long, narrow boats move through the water most efficiently. Two such deep-V hulls, connected by a deck that usually includes a cockpit or cabin, comprise a catamaran, the most popular multi-hull powerboat.

Three hulls make a trimaran, which are more common in sailboats than powerboats. A small step removed from a multi-hull is a powerboat with a cathedral hull — three narrow hulls directly connected, often with a common rear planing pad.

Although the catamaran has long been considered a two-outboard-engine configuration, some manufacturers are bringing single-outboard cats to market.

Not only are multi-hulls efficient — read: fast and fuel-thrifty — they’re spacious and offer soft rides, great cornering and out-of-corner acceleration. Anglers like catamarans for their high-speed performance and fishing stability, but they also make great sport boats, performance boats and even cruisers.

Fans say catamarans handle a bit differently, but insist that learning to drive one is easier than mastering a conventional mono-hull boat.

Quick Stats

  • freshwater fishing
  • saltwater fishing
  • overnight cruising
  • day cruising
  • N/A Max
  • 16 - 30 ft
  • outboard engine
  • sterndrive engine
  • trailerable