Types of Sailboats in Punta Cana

Sailboats can be really fun especially when you are on vacation. It is one of the most popular and rewarding water activities that you can enjoy. Since Punta Cana is a touristic spot in the Caribbean there are frequent excursions to spend time in a boat relaxing, generally in a catamaran sailboat.

Other activities like surfing and windsurfing are practiced too; however, a trip on the sea can accomplish more than one thing. 

Besides feeling the ocean breeze as you let go of all your worries; they are used to travel to exotic scuba diving spots such as the waters near Saona island and Catalina isle plus the nearby shipwrecks that otherwise would be hard to reach. The boats can also be used for some adventuring as you sail in the Caribbean from island to island.

Not everybody can handle a trip in a sailboat, some prefer being away from them to prevent becoming seasick. Fortunately knowing a bit about the design and type of a sailboat can be very helpful when selecting a tour to explore the waters around Punta Cana (the last thing you want is to become seasick just as you are about to embark on an unforgettable Punta Cana adventure).

Different Sailboat Types

There are many kinds; they can be classified according to their size, hull, keel type, configuration of masts and purpose. Small and big sailboats behave a bit differently also the classification by the hull can really simplify matters for those that are not that experienced but want practical results. The monohulls, the catamarans and the trimarans are all different types according to the hull classification. Older models are generally monohulls, they can obtain greater structural integrity but those boats types have several disadvantages. Monohulls take longer to accelerate, are heavier, are harder to maneuver and can easily sink. The only way to avoid the sinking problem is if the boat is made with buoyant foam or has air tanks installed.

More modern multihull models like catamaran sailboats and trimarans are capable of moving faster, having greater acceleration and avoid the sinking problem. Some models are so well designed that even if all the compartments in the boat are filled with water it can still float. Of course not everything is perfect with the multihulls; in rough weather conditions you have to rely on your experience to know when you have to shorten the sail. Since they are very stable even when the wind is getting stronger is hard to tell when is going to be too much for the sail to handle which can lead to capsizing. In the case of monohulls, the heel will give you a hint on when is time to reduce the sail to avoid capsizing and even if it does their design will allow it to right itself.

The boat selection

Chartering a boat during your vacation can be a great idea, however, you should keep in mind certain things. You need a good budget that can cover a boat and your meals also if you are not experienced you will need a crew which means additional expenses. Depending on who is going to accompany you in your trip you can choose different boats types that adjust to your needs like a monohull or a catamaran. Monohulls tend to rock in the water a lot so if you or someone accompanying you gets seasick easily you will not want one. Some types like the catamarans, on the other hand, are more stable which drastically decrease the chances of being seasick plus they are more private. Another important thing to keep in mind is the weather conditions and the activities you want to do as you travel.

Certain boats are more appropriate for longer trips than others. Island hopers that just want to chill from port to port will probably find the catamaran to be the better alternative as it can move faster than other types and have more than enough space to have a good time comfortably. Other daring and adventurous people that just want to find that perfect scuba diving spot and explore the sea tend to go with the monohull boats.

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