You've probably heard that power catamarans tend to ride more smoothly than monohulls. Is it true? And if so, why? Join Sr. Editor Lenny Rudow, as he explains what's going on below the waterline and how it affects a powercats' ride.


As stated in the video, just because a boat is a powercat doesn't automatically mean it'll ride smoothly. As with monohulls and boats of all other types, many variables ranging from design to construction play a role in just how well any given boat does or does not ride. But if you picked the 10 smoothest-running boats around in the 18' to 30' range (where powercats often shine the brightest) six or seven of them would probably be cats.

To examine some of the other ins and outs of cats versus monohulls, be sure to read Powercat Versus Monohull: Which is the Better Fishing Boat? and Offshore Hull Shapes.

To read some recent reviews and watch videos of powercats, see:

World Cat 295DC: Powercat with a Purpose
Calcutta 263: Cat on the Attack
Fountaine Pajot Summerland 40 Powercat: First Look Video
2014 Aquila 44: Video Boat Review
Arrowcat Express 32

Written by: Lenny Rudow
With over two decades of experience in marine journalism, Lenny Rudow has contributed to publications including YachtWorld,, Boating Magazine, Marlin Magazine, Boating World, Saltwater Sportsman, Texas Fish & Game, and many others. Lenny is a graduate of the Westlawn School of Yacht Design, and he has won numerous BWI and OWAA writing awards.