Why does the type of boat matter?
You may be considering several tour operators and we’re sure that the choices can be confusing at times and everyone claims to be the best. There are many factors to be considered and of course, the type of boat the tour operator uses is one of the most important.
Is its safe? Does it have enough space for everybody? Will it be crowded? Are there washrooms? Does it rock a lot? Are there lifejackets? Is there a cabin? Are there seats for everybody? Do I have to stay in one place during the tour? Will other people block my view? Can I hear the guide? Is the boat safety inspected or certified?
We get asked a lot of questions – especially about the type of boat we use – and are always happy to answer each and every one.
Why a catamaran tour boat is best.
Gatherall’s Puffin & Whale Watch uses a purpose designed catamaran for all our tours.
Catamarans are the preferred vessel type for passenger and tour operators throughout the world PERIOD!
If you look around the globe, the leading tour operators from Canada to New Zealand, from Alaska to Japan and all points in-between choose catamarans for the many benefits they provide. There are three very simple reasons why the most highly regarded tour operators use catamarans:
By design, a catamaran is inherently safer.
It has much greater reserve stability (resistance to rolling) than single hull vessels. Since there are two hulls the cat has more watertight compartments in the unlikely event of damage. Likewise, the greater size of the catamaran means that it is less influenced by waves and sea conditions during normal operating conditions. The cat is equipped with two engines instead of one and is capable of operation on a single engine if required.
Time is a fleeting, precious thing so we like to spend “more time being there” and “less time getting there”.
We know that your vacation time is valuable so we want to give you the chance to make the most of it. Many other boat tours are longer simply because the boats are not as efficient and take longer to get to the areas where the birds nest or where the whales are feeding. Gatherall’s tours are typically 90 minutes in duration which means loads of time watching the comical antics of the Atlantic Puffins and plenty of time to find the whales (when they’re here of course). Even when the whales are further away from our dock, Gatherall’s catamaran has a greater range than other tour vessels so we can travel further to find them.
Cats are more stable and much more efficient compared to traditional powered hulls.
Cats are typically much wider than conventional boats and are less prone to rolling. This means a more stable and comfortable ride for passengers as your comfort is very important to us. The added stability of the catamaran helps to greatly reduce motion sickness for our many clients. The added width of the cat means there is more room for each passenger than on traditional boats and this means greater comfort.