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Image by Viktor Jakovlev, sailing boats

Catamarans have a number of advantages over monohulls in commercial and leisure options, including:​

  • ​A softer ride: catamarans provide 30-50 per cent lower “vertical accelerations” on seaway (less “slamming” over swells)

  • The usable length of craft being larger

  • High stability

  • Higher survivability if the hulls are damaged

  • Small “heel” angles at turn

  • Comfortable seating, more space per passenger; and

  • Safe evacuation routes.


In terms of market share, 60-70 per cent of all passenger high speed craft are catamarans.

Rapido Catamarans (RC), a subsidiary of Rapido Trimarans Limited, is marketing a range of commercial catamarans which are designed by Albatross Marine Design (AMD) and built exclusively by Triac Composites.


AMD is a leading Asian-based design office specialising in naval architecture and engineering of small and high speed for craft commercial special and recreational applications with special expertise in design of catamarans and composite structures.


AMD has been recognised with the European Product Design Award in 2019.

Vietnam's FTAs: good for customers

Rapido Catamarans, an internationally owned and managed company, manufactures our catamarans in Vietnam.


This is good news for our customers around the world as Vietnam is a signatory to twelve Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) and is currently negotiating another seven.


For further details on the free trade agreements that Vietnam has signed up to, click onto Vietnam’s FTAs – Opportunities for Your Business by Dezan, Shira and Associates (dated 9 May, 2019). 

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