NEW CATS - Catana 59
Catana’s latest model, the 59, has captured worldwide attention with its unique design that revolutionises recreational catamarans, Australian distributor Multihull Solutions says.
“With more than 26 years of experience and the help of several established firms of naval architects, the Catana 59 is a tour de force with incredibly streamlined hulls, a classically elegant design and astounding performance,” said Multihull Solutions.
The sail plan is borrowed from racing vessels with a short mainsail that is easy to manage and a larger headsail. Moving away from the daggerboards that made the Catana shipyard's name, this catamaran is fitted with revolutionary curved daggerboards to create a hydrofoil effect. “The result is an extremely safe and comfortable boat that achieves astonishing acceleration and an extraordinary cruising speed of more than 20kts,” the distributor added.
Catana uses carbon fibre in the construction of its cruising catamarans. This carbon infusion technique considerably lightens the boat and makes it more resistant, resulting in a highly responsive boat that slices through the water at speed.
“Designed by Chantier Catana Architects, the catamaran is strong due its Twaron-Impact construction process. Premium quality aramid fibre is used, which is 10 times more resistant to perforation than traditional fibreglass,” said Multihull Solutions.
The catamaran’s hulls were specifically designed to deliver impressive speeds, while accommodating a range of equipment including refrigerator, freezer, desalination equipment, generator, oven, washing machine, dishwasher, wine cellar, television, air-conditioning, heating, diving compressor, and more.
“Its incredible stability on water, due to its 59 feet and significant headroom under the nacelle, is complemented by its astonishing manoeuvrability,” said Multihull Solutions.
The instruments are all located in the cockpit with the toerails, lifelines and handrails designed for easy, unrestricted movement. Visibility has also been a major focus of attention, we’re told. The unobstructed 360° view from the cockpit, steering position, chart table and even the saloon, is said to guarantee an unparalleled level of safety and comfort.
Equal attention has been accorded to the layout of the Catana 59's interior. The cockpit and saloon are on the same level, with a central area that can be extended into either zone to make space for a large table. The gourmet galley has a central island bench, two refrigerators, freezer, oven, hob, dishwasher and expansive work surfaces.
More generous in size than its predecessor, the Catana 59 has three large cabins and a helmsman's cabin that can be used as a fourth passenger cabin. The passageways and cabins are more spacious and have more storage space to provide greater comfort on a long-distance voyage.
The Catana 59 is priced from $1,935,000 (ex factory).
Architect: hantier Catana
Length overall: 58.73ft
Weight: 18.9 tonnes (light ship)
Draft: 1.56m (boards up); 3.75m (boards down)
Mast clearance: 26.47m
Mast length: 24.06m
Sails: 115m² (mainsail); 82m² (genoa); 63m² (Solent); 121m² (gennaker); 105m² (light genoa)
Engine: 2 x 108.5hp
Mandurah Boat Show
With the wind in their sails following success in Sydney, Multihull Solutions said it is now gearing up for the 2011 Mandurah Boat Show.
Traditionally a strong event for the company, the Show will be staged from October 14 to 16 at the Mandurah Ocean Marina.
Multihull Solutions will showcase two of Fountaine Pajot’s most popular sailing catamarans, the Mahe 36 Evolution and Lipari 41.
According to the distributor, the Mahe 36 Evolution is priced form $395,000 and features a host of improvements and new features to its predecessor, including a rigid cockpit bimini, redesigned galley, additional refrigeration, improved ventilation and numerous interior upgrades.
“The changes contribute to making the Mahé 36 Evolution the best-value 11m catamaran on the market,” said Multihull Solutions. “The innovative model makes catamaran sailing accessible to new clients on a reasonable budget, while still offering the superior performance and construction qualities commonly found in larger and more prestigious catamarans.”
Priced from $525,000, the Lipari 41 is designed with a low centre of gravity and light displacement of 7.6 tonnes. Multihull Solutions says the Lipari 41 offers outstanding stability with optimal comfort and performance in all conditions, and the construction also offers the Fountaine Pajot "trademark unsinkability" for absolute safety.
Aesthetically, the Lipari 41 represents the pinnacle of European excellence with elegant lines and a revolutionary design that maximises space, storage and comfort. The catamaran’s ergonomically designed deck provides convenient centralised handling with obstacle-free movement. The Lipari 41 also features an integrated dual-seating helm station with excellent visibility and has the cockpit and saloon on the same level to help make short and long passages a cruising pleasure.
Multihull Solutions managing director Mark Elkington said they expected a record amount of interest at this year’s event.
“Western Australia has become one of our fastest growing markets, with great interest across the sailing and power catamaran range from entry level through to our brands’ most luxurious models,” said Elkington.
“With the strong Australian dollar, we are able to offer exceptional value to our Western Australian buyers who recognise the lifestyle and investment benefits of catamaran ownership,” he said.
Multihull Solutions added that 2011 has been a successful year for the brokerage, being announced as Fountaine Pajot’s Worldwide Distributor of the Year for the consecutive years as well as enjoying record sales and enquiries at the Sanctuary Cove and Sydney boat shows.
For further information, contact Multihull Solutions, phone (07) 5452 5164, email:
1). A model of the revolutionary new Catana 59 available through Multihull Solutions.
2). Multihull Solutions will showcase the Fountaine Pajot Lipari 41 at the 2011 Mandurah Boat Show.