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; and, mainsail in need of repair or replacement. Last anti-fouled: Feruary 2019. 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.
Location: Negros Oriental
Trimarans For Sale
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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Multi 23 Trimaran For Sale
Your chance to own a Multi 23 Trimaran - a super fast family day-boat that is sporty enough to express to racer in you. Designed by famed Van Peteghem and Lauriot Prévost (VPLP); built in 2015, using foam-cored, Vinylester Resin with carbon-reinforced crossbeams. Main sail (22 sqm), Self tacking Jib (8 sqm), Gennaker (22 sqm) and Asymmetrical Spinnaker; plus, an auxiliary outboard motor in case the wind stops. Recent upgrades: 100% carbon bowsprit; custom bow-mets. Currently lying: Cebu.
Priced to sell: 40-foot Hedley Nicol cruising trimaran for sale; built in California, USA. Sleeps five; cruising speed up to 15 knots. Sails are in fair condition. Auxiliary power: Yanmar 3GM 30. Sailed to the Philippines via Hawaii, Fiji, Australia and New Zealand. Offered at a very sensible price. Has a few jobs on the to-do list; press the image to read the upgrades and current condition. Currently lying: Puerto Galera
Location: Puerto Galera, Philippines
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Wharram Tiki 21 Cruising Trimaran For Sale
Excellent fusion of Wharram Tiki 21 design technology and Hobie 16 standard components creates this exciting 21-foot cruising trimaran for sale in the Philippines; perfect for enthusiastic sailors to explore the 7000+ islands. Plenty of storage space; camp-aboard with space for four. Kick-up rudders to get you into the beaches. Sails (main and jib) and lines in good condition. Auxiliary power: 2HP Yamaha outboard motor. Hand-held GPS included. Currently Lying: Marinduque Island