In his 1697 account of his trip, A New Voyage Round the World, he wrote, On the coast of Malabar they call them Catamarans.
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However, the unusual design met with skepticism and was not a commercial success.
The design remained relatively unused in the West for almost 160 years until the early 19th-century, when the Englishman Mayflower F.
Crisp built a two-hulled merchant ship in Rangoon, Burma. Crisp described it as "a fast sailing fine sea boat; she traded during the monsoon between Rangoon and the Tenasserim Provinces for several years".
The craft, Amaryllis, raced at her maiden regatta on June 22, 1876, and performed exceedingly well.
The Tornado catamaran was designed by three Englishmen for a crew of two in 1967 as an Olympic catamaran candidate.
At the Olympic Catamaran Trials of the International Yacht Racing Union, IYRU, it outperformed the other challengers for the role and was selected for the multihull discipline in the Olympic Games from 1976 through 2008.
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Her debut demonstrated the distinct performance advantages afforded to catamarans over the standard monohulls.
It was as a result of this event, the Centennial Regatta of the New York Yacht Club, that catamarans were barred from regular sailing classes, and this remained the case until the 1970s.
The catamaran's wider stance on the water can reduce both heeling and wave-induced motion, as compared with a monohull, and can give reduced wakes.
Catamarans range in size from small (sailing or rowing vessels) to large (naval ships and car ferries).