At the basic level, an aluminum catamaran (indeed all catamarans) is a boat consisting of two parallel hulls of equal size. Additionally, they can have either symmetrical or asymmetrical hulls, each with their own unique advantages relative to the other.
Our aluminum catamarans are most frequently used in various pleasure applications such as passenger transportation or for fishing applications. However, they have also been used as work boats when a wide, flat surface is required.
Aluminum catamarans are very stable craft under normal conditions. However, under severe weather conditions with high seas, there is a higher risk of capsizing, so it is best to avoid severe weather while using an aluminum catamaran.
We can design our aluminum catamarans to have either a symmetrical or asymmetrical hulls. Essentially, a symmetrical hull consists of two basic V-bottom hull structures, where an asymmetrical hull is basically a monohaul craft split down the middle and spread apart. When turning, a symmetrical hull does not lean into a turn so passengers may feel like they are being slammed or pushed to one side, whereas the asymmetrical hull will tend to lean a little into the turn, thus reducing the pushing effect. The advantage of a symmetrical hull is that it has a little bit more hauling capacity relative to the same size asymmetrical hull configuration.
Our 43 FT Foil Assisted Catamaran has received very positive feedback for excellent performance as a passenger carrying vessel on the Colorado River. If interested, I encourage you to consider it. You can view some more detailed information in the “Catamaran” section of this website.