Boating Tips: Multi vs Monohulls

Welcome to Boating Tips with MarineMax! Multi vs Monohulls? What’s the difference and what are the unique features of each? Captains Keith and Nick have the 411 to help you make the right choice for your boating lifestyle. Ask your questions, make comments, and learn a thing or two about boat hull structure.


Monohulls are just what they sound like: one singular hull - it is what you most likely think of first when you imagine a boat. From Sea Ray to Boston Whaler, MarineMax offers a multitude of monohull variants. Some of these boats have “stepped” hulls to cut down on sea spray and provide a dry and comfortable ride. However, monohulls can also pitch and roll in the waves and wind, something that is less of an issue in multihulls. 


One of the key advantages of multihull vessels is that they are incredibly stable. This is because they literally have two hulls and thus a much higher beam than their monohull counterparts. Because of the dual hull design, they also tend to rock back and forth much less in wavey conditions.  

Another difference between a monohull vs a multihull is the actual ride itself. When executing a turn in a multihull boat, it actually leans the other direction and stays flat. Additionally, multihulls have very high beams and cut through the water nicely, lending to less “slamming” when coming over the top of a wave. 

In Sum

Each of these boat types are excellent in their own right. To learn more about this topic, check out one of our past Boating Tips episodes, “Your Catamaran vs Monohull Questions Answered! | Boating Tips LIVE”. When it comes time for you to choose your vessel, stop by your local MarineMax dealership and our knowledgeable staff will help you to make the right choice of platform for your boating lifestyle. We’ll see you out there. 


You can see or hear more episodes of Boating Tips and our sister podcast, From the Helm Boating Broadcast, on The MarineMax Blog, accessible on the website or via mobile phone through the MarineMax App. You can also access more episodes on Amazon, Spotify, Google Podcast, Apple Podcast, or wherever you get your podcast news. See you out on the water! 

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