Best Catamarans for 2022

Boaters who love catamarans will be happy to find that in 2022, there’s a wide selection to choose from. Both power catamarans and sailing catamarans continue to grow in the marketplace, and your options range from center consoles to cruisers. But, which catamarans sit at the top of the heap? Here are the best catamarans to consider this year.

Best Power Catamarans

Invincible 33 Catamaran

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The Invincible 33 catamaran may be the smallest cat in this company’s fleet, but it packs a powerful punch. Photo by Invincible.

The hottest new model powercat on the water in 2022 is likely the Invincible 33 Catamaran. This is the smallest boat in Invincible’s catamaran fleet, so it can run with twin engines as opposed to the quads commonly seen on many of the larger high-performance powercats. That means expenses go way down whether you’re considering the original purchase, maintenance, or operational costs. And with a pair of 450-hp outboards the 33 Catamaran can exceed the 70-mph mark, so this boat is certainly no slouch in the performance department thanks to the twin-step hull design and vacuum-bagged infusion construction (which minimizes weight while ensuring maximum strength).

Though performance is a critical feature the Invincible is a fishing machine through and through. It has multiple livewells, over 20 standard rodholders, and a huge “coffin box” style fishbox forward of the console which does double-duty as a comfy double-wide lounger. Plus, this is a semi-custom boat so you can have items like tackle stations and outriggers arranged to your liking.

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Twin Vee 240DC GFX

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Family anglers, the Twin Vee 240DC GFX is built just for you. Photo by Twin Vee Boats.

Powercat fans in search of a dual console model will be interested in the Twin Vee 240DC GFX, which combines fishing attributes with comfort and family features. The GFX line is Twin Vee’s newest and most advanced, and the 240DC features extensive seating including a 65” folding aft bench seat and a Llebroc helm seat, a freshwater transom shower, and an enclosed head compartment. On the fishing end of things the 240DC GFX boasts a 40-gallon livewell, six flush-mount gunwale rodholders plus four on the transom, and under-gunwale rodracks.

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World Cat 235 CC

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The World Cat 235 CC is all new for 2022. Photo by World Cat Boats.

A newly refined 235 CC is World Cat’s smallest boat, and in 2022 it’s much improved over their previous 230 CC version. The most obvious change comes at the helm, where the console and T-top have been upgraded from a common windscreen design to incorporate a full windshield and side windows with opening vents. This provides far more protection from the elements that the older version, as well as having a sleeker look. Tackle storage has also been added to the boat in its leaning post, which additionally has a slide-out cooler underneath. Beyond these improvements the basic deck layout remains the same as it was on the 230, with U-shaped seating in the bow and an elevated aft casting deck with built-in jump seats.

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Coming soon: Aquila 28 Molokai

An all-new entry expected for the 2022 market is the Aquila 28 Molokai. Aquila has built cruisers for years, but this is their first attempt at building a center console powercat for anglers. One unique feature of this model is its exceptionally wide 9’8.5” beam, which gives the boat tons of deck space. Yet despite the large footprint it retains a very shallow 1’1.2” hull draft, and standard power is just 300 horsepower (max power is 400-hp).

Fishing features include four flush gunwale rodholders plus six transom rodholders, a 30-gallon livewell, a pair of 94-gallon fishboxes, and multiple tackle stowage compartments. Another nice perk is a front-entry console head compartment.

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Best Sailing Catamarans

Lagoon 42

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Huge windows and tons of natural lighting are a high point on the Lagoon 42. Photo by Lagoon Catamarans.

Lagoon is one of the rare builders who produces both power and sailing catamarans. One of their most popular sailing cats to hit the water is the 42, which is designed to have an outdoors feel even when inside, with multiple skylights, large panoramic windows around the main cabin, and huge hullside windows. It’s available in either three or four stateroom cabin layouts, and aft cabins enjoy en-suite heads with separate showers.

The Lagoon 42 has a sail area of 968 square feet, a 592 square foot full-batten mainsail, and a 635 square foot top mainsail. The self-tacking jib is 377 square feet. With most monohull sailing yachts this much sail plus a 26,681-pound displacement would mean serious draft restrictions, but thanks to the catamaran design, draft is kept to a mere 4’1”. The Lagoon 42 gets another leg up when considering interior volume, because the generous 25’3” beam of this boat provides a lot more space than any monohulls in this size range.

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Seawind 1370

seawind 1370 sailing catamaran
If you’ve ever dreamed of living aboard a sailboat, the Seawind 1370 might be just what you’re looking for. Illustration by Seawind.

Seawind may have been a bit surprised shortly after they announced the creation of the 1370 in 2021, because before 2022 had even begun they had taken orders for dozens of these 45’ long, 24’11 wide sailing catamarans. Designed with three- or four-cabin layouts, 6’10” of headroom, and single-level living through the cockpit, galley, helm stations, and saloon, the 1370 is billed as an ideal boat for long-term cruising or living aboard. It’s also designed to allow for short-handed sailing, with sheets, reefs, and halyards all led to electric sheet winches at the helm.

The Seawind 1370 has reverse wave-piercing bows to minimize pitching in heavy seas, carries 1,248 square feet of sail area, and has twin 40-hp diesel Yanmars with Saildrives for backup power. Also impressive is a draft of just 4’3”.

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The Hobie Cat

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Some boats – including the Hobie Cat – are truly timeless. Getaway model showed here; photo courtesy of Nautical Ventures.

Although Hobie doesn’t have any new sailing cats for the 2022 model year, the classic Hobie Cat remains a fan favorite and thus still counts as one of the best sailing catamarans around. This boat is eminently popular and has introduced countless enthusiasts to the world of sailing on a cat. It’s easy to afford and easy to maintain, and will doubtlessly retain its position as a topnotch cat for years to come.

Available with 16’ fiberglass hulls or 13’ (Wave) and 17’ (Getaway) rotomolded hull, Hobie Cats carry just 95- to 218-square feet of sail area. But thanks to the ability to “fly” a hull out of the water, sailing one delivers thrills and excitement. Whether you’re looking for an affordable way to break into the world of sailing catamarans or you want to feel the excitement of harnessing the wind to produce powerboat-like speeds, a Hobie Cat will be a top pick in 2022 — or for that matter, in any year.

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One or more of these catamarans has peaked your interest, but you’re not sure how to go about buying one? See our BoatTrader How to Buy a Boat Guide.

Written by: Lenny Rudow

With over two decades of experience in marine journalism, Lenny Rudow has contributed to publications including YachtWorld, boats.com, 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.

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