|Imagine gliding across the water at double-digit speeds aboard this ultimate bluewater cruiser. The Renaissance 320 MkIII sailing catamaran is an elegant blend of comfort, stability, style, durability, and unmatched stability (by monohull standards) at an affordable price. She provides liveaboards with plenty of room belowdecks. There are two forward private staterooms with queen-size berths, hanging lockers, and abundant storage. Additional sleeping areas can be found in the aft private stateroom with double-size berth, hanging locker, and more storage. The custom galley is designed for easy cleaning and includes a 2-burner propane stove and oven, front-loading refrigeration, and microwave. Six adults can enjoy exotic meals in the spacious dining area with the 360-degree panoramic view. Her LOA to ama width ratio is 10:1, and her beam is greater than one half of her water line length. These factors along with the 452-square-foot, sloop-rigged sail plan make the Renaissance 320 MkIII an ideal selection for serious bluewater cruising because of her luxurious comfort and extraordinary performance ability (under sail or power). Each manufacturer's catamaran product line differs from the competition's; however, all cruising catamarans share two major advantages over even the most luxurious monohulls. First, the interior accommodations and privacy offered on every cruising catamaran are comparable to those found in monohulls which are thirty to forty per cent greater in length. Secondly, all catamarans, whether designed for sail or power (cruising or racing), offer a stable ride that is absolutely unmatched by any monohull yacht, regardless of weather conditions. In fact, a properly engineered sailing catamaran designed for cruising should not heel more than five degrees, regardless of wind velocity. The speed, stability, and safety of a sailing catamaran are all interrelated. Generally, the narrower the amas (the hulls), the faster (yet less buoyantly) the yacht will sail. While a fifteen to one LOA (length over all) to ama width ratio is considered optimal for racing catamarans, the proper ratio for a well designed cruising catamaran is in the range of 9:1 to 12:1. The beam of a sailing catamaran is extraordinarily important to speed, stability, and safety. Specifically, a well-designed sailing catamaran utilizing a 9:1 to 12:1 LOA to ama width ratio, should have a beam equal to one half of the length of the catamaran's water line; i.e., a cruising catamaran with a 30-foot water line length should be minimally 15 feet wide. Adherence to these size criteria make possible the use of a performance-oriented sail plan suitable for safe bluewater cruising. The Renaissance 320 MARK III cruising catamaran adheres to the above principles.