Best Boats 2012 Nominee: Fluid 550

Yet another new arrival from South Africa, the Fluid 550 is available with either fixed keels or daggerboards, and has a pair of sheltered helm stations. It falls into the luxury catamaran niche and is packed with interesting features, like a built-in soft enclosure for the cockpit.

LOA: 40ft, 8in
LWL: 36ft, 5in
Beam: 13ft
Displacement: 19,604lb (deep keel)
Sail area: 890sq ft. (main and self-tacking jib)

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