Cruising catamarans offer possibly the best way to travel among the 7100+ islands of the Philippine archipelago. The shallow draft of most catamarans means they can get you into bays and river estuaries that would not be possible with a conventional sailing yacht.
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Other advantages of cruising catamarans are that they typically offer more living space than conventional monohull yachts of similar length, making them also spacious liveaboard alternatives. Plus, they make for more stable platforms for launching and retrieving scuba divers, snorkelers and kiteboarders. This all makes cruising catamarans the perfect boats for yacht charter.
There are cruising catamaran builders in Cebu and Dumaguete that have been building yachts for two decades or more. Mostly these catamarans are built using top-grade marine ply, encapsulated in fibreglass or epoxy, making them easy to maintain. Catamarans and trimarans, built in fibreglass, Kevlar and carbon fibre, are made to special order by specialty boat builders in Subic Bay and Clark.
The only real downside to catamarans is that they are usually cost close to twice the price of a monohull cruising yacht, for the same length overall (LOA). This is also why yacht charter fees are typically higher for catamarans than for monohulls or even trimarans.
Listed here are cruising catamarans (and trimarans) for sale for cruising (and racing) in the Philippines. Many are suitable for longer voyages and some have sailed here from as far away and the U.S.A., Australia and Europe; many are also suitable to be put into service as charter yachts.
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Fountaine Pajot Maldives 32 Catamaran For Sale
Fountaine Pajot Maldives 32 cruising catamaran for sale in Philippines. 1993 version of this popular classic cruising catamaran, available in Negros Oriental. Four berths, generous saloon and large foredeck area for enjoying the beauty of the Philippine Islands. Slightly modified from the original production model, now with: twin Yanmar 2-cylinder inboard diesel; transom gantry for solar panels; Hydraulic steering; and, transom extension for stowage of dinghy when cruising. Autopilot, Marine VHF, depth sounder, Lofrans windlass, Profurl jib furler. Items needing attention: new freshwater tank required; mainsail in need of repair or replacement; and, antifoul soon. Last registration: Japan
1997 Fastback 32 / 35 cruising catamaran by John Goss (Australia) for sale in Philippines. Accomplished 30,000 miles in two round trips (Australia - Philippines - Australia), mostly single handed. Good condition, with just a few items needing attention. Special features: excellent headroom below decks - current owner is 6'2" and still has extra headroom; "sugar scoops" added to hulls making her 35 foot LOA. The owner is disabled and ready to retire to land. Currently Australian registered. The items need attention are: securing front trampoline, shower-room floor needs replacing.
This Hobie 16 for sale was previously owned and raced by World Champion Mick Butler from Australia. Excellent condition, well maintained, tuned, and race ready. The ISAF International Class Hobie 16 (H16) is a popular catamaran manufactured by the Hobie Cat Company for racing and day sailing. Additional images (press above) show this Hobie 16 on Taal Lake.
Ilomba cruising catamaran for sale in Samal Island (Davao). Four double berths (two currently used for storage) with all the equipment, toys and tools to get you around the World with wind power. Built 1994, this catamaran has cruised oceans and is equipped to do it again, or to cruise the Philippine islands. Auxiliary power for windless days supplied by two Vetus M 3.09 25HP inboard diesel engines (approx. 2200 hours). Kayak, fishing gear, spares, tools included. Currently on the hard for repairs and for easy inspection. Viewing by appointment only.
Location: Samal Island, Davao
From a usability standpoint, trimarans offer the same primary advantage as catamarans insomuch as they are typically shallow draft and can get you into bay and estuaries that would be off limits for monohull sailing yachts. Trimarans offer the added advantage of being able to "point" (sail closer to the angle of wind) better than catamarans and will frequently get you to your destination faster than either a monohull sailing yacht or a catamaran.
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Trimarans have not caught on as fast as catamarans for cruising because they usually do not provide as much living space, being more like a conventional sailing yacht in this respect - with the living area limited to the main hull (the amas typically being used for additional storage space for light but bulky items). However, on many trimarans you will find trampolines between the hull and the amas - great for lazing by the beach and imbibing the beauty of Mother Nature.
There is a trimaran builder in Clark that specializes in the manufacture of trailerable, FARRIER trimarans, which are built under license and exported worldwide.
Most people invest in a trimaran (in preference to catamarans and monohulls) because they enjoy everything else about the sport of sailing but they also want to go fast.
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Kantola 65 Cruising Trimaran
This 65-foot Kantola gaff-rigged trimaran for sale; perfect for resort tourism conversion. Partnership/investment in tourism enerprise seriously considered. The trimaran can easily be converted to accommodate 40 passengers per trip, seated at covered tables. Run the numbers: two sailings per day, 40 tourists per trip, plus refreshments and snacks. Also weddings and parties. MARITIME approved corporation already exists. Require serious partner/resort. Your investment would be protected by interest in the vessel and corporation. Outright sale also possible. Vessel can also be used as dive vessel or kept as a spacious cruising yacht. Currently lying: Puerto Princesa, Palawan. Registered in the U.S.A.
Corsair 28RS for sale in Subic Bay, Philippines. Built in 2011, this trimaran is trailerable and beachable, ideal for fast cruising between Philippine Islands. North Sails supplied the main, jib and spinnaker; all in good condition. Foresails mounted on furlers. Auxiliary power: Yamaha 9.9 outboard motor with electric lift; delivers cruising speed around 7.5knts. Sea berths for 4 crew. Marine electronics: navionics sounder, 2 batteries, 2 x 50w solar panels, Raymarine autopilot, Lowrance GPS plotter. New textile shrouds spectra, new caulking of portholes, new anti-fouling. Ready to sail. Registered in Germany.