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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Lagoon 410 Cruising Catamaran For Sale
Lagoon 410 with the popular 4 cabin layout, ready to take your family and guests on many adventures. Features: two Queen-bed staterooms, two double-bed cabins, four shower/toilet; saloon seating for eight people plus on deck space for more; 240ltr fuel tank, 400ltr fresh-water tank; 220VAC inverter; solar charging system; and, electric davit. Auxiliary power: Yanmar inboard diesel engines. Priced well below market. Lying: Subic Bay, Philippines
Beautifully presented Fastback 32, just arrived in the Philippines from Townsville, Australia. Launched in 1996, many recent upgrades to make the recent voyage safe and trouble free. New mast and standing rigging in 2017; full new sail wardrobe 2017 - furling main, furling genoa, Code zero furler, asymmetric shute in a snuffer. Auxiliary Power: Yamaha 9.9HP outboard - only 505 hours run. Large solar array, near new batteries; extensive electronics many backups/doubling. Ideal for two or three: three double berths, large galley area and huge walk in head. 60 litre per hour watermaker. Absolutely ready for the next owner to start a major cruise or livaboard.
Seawind 1000 XL2 (2016) cruising catamaran for sale in Cebu, Philippines. Four cabins plus additional sleeping space; airconditioned interiors plus full galley. Auxilliary power: twin Yamaha 9HP outboard motors. All the toys: watermaker, marine electronics, huge solar (900+ Watts) and big battery bank (600+AHr LiFePo4), new main & jib from Hyde Sails, Code Zero, inverter for 220VAC as needed. Easy to sail single handed with all lines and controls within the covered cockpit area . . . even a hard-bottom Avon dinghy with 8HP Yamaha Enduro OBM. Youthful, excellent value, with high resale value.
LEOPARD 45 cruising catamaran for sale in Philippines. Built in 2002. Ready to take you sailing reliably and in comfort. 4-double berths, each with toilet / shower. Comfortable saloon area and galley with generous cockpit entertainment area. Many new items in 2019, including Yanmar 3JH5E 39HP inboard diesel and mainsail. New lithium 540AHr house batteries, in 2022.
FARRIER F-44SC cruising catamaran for sale in Philippines. Built in 2013, launched 2014 by the only certified Farrier factory in Asia the F-44SC is the super-cruiser version of the Farrier F-41, offering three double berths, more space for entertaining. With dagger boards it delivers a top speed of around 25 knots to get you there and back faster than almost any other catamaran. Currently lying: Puerto Galera
Location: Puerto Galera, Philippines
Fountaine Pajot Maldives 32 Catamaran SOLD
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. Marine VHF, Lofrans electric 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
Location: Negros Oriental
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Expedition Yacht Cruising Catamaran For Sale
60-foot steel expedition sailing/motor yacht for sale or 50/50 business partnership, Subic Bay, Philippines, built Australia 1983. Catamaran hull with accommodation for up to 12 people; full navigation package including AIS. Auxiliary power: twin 190HP Mitsubishi inboard diesel engines. Generous space on deck for entertaining. Ideally suited for diving and other tourism related adventures. Full galley with refrigeration. Click the image to download .pdf with full set of images and details. Note: the hull was recently transformed from blue to white (January 2022).
2014 Matrix Vision 450 Very well maintained cruising Catamaran for sale. The owner sailed her from Capetown, South Africa, to Subic Bay. She is very well equipped for family and friends cruising with four double berths. Complete with all possible navigation equipment, plus: VHF, SBB radio, watermaker, fridge and freezer etc. Auxiliary power: 2 x Yanmar Diesel 57KW. Offered with RIB tender.
45-foot Nigel Roberts catamaran designed to offer four double berths with full facilities. Electric toilet, shower. Generous galley. Large covered cockpit for sports activity preparation or entertaining. Ideal for charterer and island cruising with friends. Two Yanmar inboard diesel engines. Alloy spars and roller furling. Solar panel array on stern. Electric bow winch. Sailed extensively around Asia Previously registered in the USA. Currently lying: Tambobo Bay, Negros Oriental.
Location: Tambobo Bay, 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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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