The Fountaine Pajot Saba 50 replaces the Salina 48.


Fountaine Pajot has just launched its new Saba 50 sailing catamaran to replace the boatbuilder’s successful Salina 48. Designed, according to the company, to “optimise living space while delivering outstanding performance at sea,” the new sailing cat shares the elegant lines of the shipyard’s Hélia 44 catamaran and has upgraded features including additional panoramic portholes to enhance the natural light and ventilation.

Fountaine Pajot says the Saba 50 has enormous living areas that make it ideal for extended cruising ventures and entertaining. The spacious saloon is accessed via an extra-wide entry door that is said to seamlessly integrate the indoor and outdoor spaces, and features new skylights plus a panoramic window that encases the saloon and provides “exceptional views” and natural light. The L-shaped galley overlooks the saloon and cockpit, and is said to boast an abundance of storage space, a 190 litre fridge with draws, and is adjacent to the convenient forward-facing chart table.

According to the designers, the Saba 50 was designed with multiple relaxation areas in mind including a luxurious 12.4m² upper lounge deck equipped with a chaise lounge and two sunbathing decks. The generous cockpit features a large lounge, extra sofa, dining table for 12 guests, and there is also an option for a sunlounge on the fore deck. 

The Saba 50 is available in two layouts:  The Owner’s (Maestro) version comprises the large master suite on the portside plus three spacious guest cabins that each have their own private ensuites; and the Standard version that features five guest cabins plus a skipper’s cabin, each one also enjoying a private ensuite.

Each version also has the option to fit out both forepeaks to create additional crew or single guest accommodation.

Fountaine Pajot says worldwide demand for the Saba 50 is expected to be strong. The company says it will only release four catamarans for order to the Asia Pacific region in 2014.

Multihull Solutions managing director Mark Elkington said the Saba 50 is the perfect catamaran for the cruising grounds of the Asia Pacific and anticipates the orders will be filled quickly.

“Its incredible use of space, numerous outdoor living areas and excellent sea-going performance make the Saba 50 ideal for our regional cruising environment,” Elkington said.

“With a release base price of AUD $875,000 for delivery in France or AUD$1,155,000 for delivery in Australia with taxes paid, it is also very competitively priced and allows buyers to get far more for their money than many other multihulls in its class,” he said.

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Length: 14.98 m/ 49.15 ft

Beam: 7.98 m/ 26,19 ft

Draft: 1.15 m/ 3,77 ft

Light displacement: 15.7 T

Main sail area: 74.05m² / 797 sq ft

Genoa area: 52,60m² / 566 sq ft

Mast clearance: 22.44m / 73,62 ft

Engines: 2 x 50hp or 2x75hp

Fuel tank: 940 L / 248 US gallons

Water tank: 700 L / 185 US gallons

Naval architect: Berret-Racoupeau