Fountaine Pajot says the new Saba 50 promises unprecedented cruising performance.


French catamaran builder Fountaine Pajot claims it has elevated performance cruising to a new level of style and affordability with the launch of the Saba 50.

The new sailcat replaces the brand’s successful Salina 48 and is designed for optimal living space and “outstanding performance” at sea.

The Berret-Racoupeau penned catamaran shares the lines of the shipyard’s Hélia 44 catamaran and has upgraded features, including additional panoramic ports to enhance natural light and ventilation.

Boasting large living areas the Saba 50 is designed for extended cruising ventures and entertaining. In this endeavour, Fountaine Pajot points to the extra-wide saloon door for a seamless integration between indoor and outdoor spaces, new skylights, plus a panoramic window that encases the saloon maximising views and light. Adjacent the forward-facing chart table is an L-shaped galley overlooking the saloon and cockpit. The galley is said to have an abundance of storage space and 190lt fridge drawers.

Notable among the Saba 50’s multiple relaxation areas is the 12.4m2 upper deck with chaise lounge and two sunbeds. Downstairs the cockpit features a large lounge, extra sofa, dining table for 12, plus the option for a huge sunbed/lounge on the foredeck. 

The starboard helm is on a mezzanine level with 360-degree visibility and direct access to the cockpit and upper lounge deck. “All lines are ergonomically controlled for ease of handling and embedded solar panels are conveniently located on the upper aft deck,” said Fountaine Pajot’s Australian agent Multihull Solutions.

The Saba 50 is available in two layouts: The Maestro (or owner’s version) comprising large portside stateroom and three guest cabins, all with en suites; and the Standard variant of five guest cabins plus a skipper’s cabin, each  room also with en suite. Both layouts have the option to fitout both forepeaks to create additional crew or single-guest accommodation.

The master suite in the Maestro includes a queen island bed, open-plan en suite with separate shower, desk and storage, new large porthole, panoramic aft windows and skylights.

Multihull Solutions’ Mark Elkington said the Saba 50 is the perfect cat for the cruising grounds of the Asia Pacific.

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

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

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TYPE Sailcat

LENGTH 14.98m

BEAM 7.98m

DRAFT 1.15m

WEIGHT 15.7 tonnes (light ship)

FUEL 940lt

WATER 700lt

SAIL AREA Mainsail 74.05m², genoa 52.60m²

ENGINE 2 x 50hp or 2 x 75hp