Bavaria Open 46
The first offspring of the marriage between Germany’s Bavaria Yachts and France’s Nautitech Catamarans, the Open 46 follows on from the successful launch last year of the Bavaria Open 40. As with its sister, the Open 46 blends its cockpit and saloon into one large living area.
The boat is available in three- or four-cabin versions, and you can choose between Nautitech’s trademark twin helms aft—unquestionably the more aesthetically appealing option—or a flybridge version with a “roof deck,” arguably the more practical choice. Either way, there is space to burn in this boat, with its voluminous hulls and scads of deck space. Bavaria Yachts USA, bavariayachts.com
LOA 45ft 3in BEAM 24ft 6in DRAFT N/A DISPLACEMENT N/A
Fountaine Pajot 40
Fountaine Pajot is marking its 40th year as a cruising-catamaran builder with a sharp new 40-footer that replaces the long-lived Lipari 41. The new Berret-Racoupeau design builds on the styling theme established with the Saba 50, introduced last year, and achieves the difficult feat of looking angular and sleek at the same time. The market for 40ft cats is hot right now, with several new models coming out this year, and FP’s new 40—it has not yet been named—is another worthy contender.
It comes with a lot of features in a compact package. Interior volume is boosted by a pronounced, yet attractive, reverse sheer, and each cabin in the owner and charter layouts has its own head/shower. The galley-up layout includes a passage berth in the L-shaped saloon settee, and there’s near all-round visibility from the nav station. A cushioned sunbed forward of the saloon extends almost the width of the boat. Importantly, Fountaine Pajot claims that all four corners of the boat can be seen from the helm station—a blessing when docking.
Motive power is provided by a large, full-roached mainsail and overlapping genoa. Twin 20hp diesels are standard, and 80-gallon fuel tanks should permit considerable cruising range under power. Fountaine Pajot, fountaine-pajot.com
LOA 38ft BEAM 21ft DRAFT 3ft DISPLACEMENT 19,621lb (light ship)
Maine Cat 38
This boat has been in development for a while, and it looks to have been worth the wait. Light, simple and rugged, this looks like an ideal warm-weather cruiser. Maine Cat’s open-bridgedeck design was an outlier a decade ago, but bigger builders have adopted the concept and it has now found its way into the mainstream.
Simplicity is at the core of the Maine Cat philosophy. It can be seen in the uncomplicated interior and innovative construction process, in which CoreCell foam is thermoformed in female molds and sandwiched between fiberglass laminates infused with vinylester resin. The hulls and bridgedeck are separate moldings, so the boat can be shipped in containers and assembled at their destination. A joystick-controlled outboard motor, which lifts clear of the water under sail, provides auxiliary power, and there is a bow thruster in the starboard hull to assist close-quarters maneuvering. With the boards up, draft is a mere 19in.
The hulls are slim at the waterline, but broaden to almost 6ft above the chines so there is ample volume for accommodations. Up to five can sleep aboard, with a large double berth in each hull and a single forward of the galley in the port hull. To starboard there is a separate head/shower. Maine Cat, mainecatcharters.com
LOA 37ft 10in BEAM 21ft DRAFT 19in/6ft 6in DISPLACEMENT 8,100lb (light ship)
Italy’s Comar yard launched its first cat this year, the Comet 37, and this sporty-looking 50ft big sister is soon to follow. As with the 37, the builder—which is new to cats, but has a long line of cruiser-racer monohulls to its name—is aiming to produce a performance cat with ocean-cruising credentials, in the vein of Catana, Balance, Slyder and Outremer.
This design features high bridgedeck clearance and composite construction, with carbon fiber in high-stress areas to keep the weight down. Rudders and daggerboards are also carbon fiber. The sailplan features a Code 0 that sets outside a high-clewed 130-percent genoa, and a square-headed mainsail. A carbon mast is an option. Sail controls are taken aft to twin helms at the quarters, but what’s truly innovative is the addition of a third helm on the flybridge, purely for steering and docking under power.
Despite its performance focus, the Comet 50 looks eminently cruiseable, and it can be ordered with two, three or four staterooms, in either a galley-up or galley-down configuration. The single-level cockpit and saloon are separated by sliding glass doors. There are sunbeds on the cabintop and also a small “breakfast nook” cockpit abaft the tramp. All in all, this is a good-looking, functional design from a veteran builder. Comar Yacht, comaryacht.com
LOA 49ft 6in BEAM 24ft DRAFT 3ft/8ft DISPLACEMENT 24,250lb (light ship)
Scape 40 Adventurer
The often extreme conditions at the tip of the African continent call for tough sailors and tougher boats, and South Africa provides plenty of both. This new 40-footer from Scape Yachts looks businesslike and sturdy, combining roomy accommodations with good sailing performance.
Construction is in multi-axial glass over Nidacore foam, vacuum-infused with vinylester resin. Bulkheads are cored for lightness and laminated in place for strength. An aluminum rig featuring a self-tacking jib is standard.
The standard four-cabin layout features a large double and a smaller single cabin in each hull, along with a head/shower. On the bridgedeck the U-shaped dinette can be converted to another double. Scape Yachts, scapeyachts.com
LOA 39ft BEAM 21ft DRAFT 2ft 7in (boards up) DISPLACEMENT 12,786lb (light ship)
Hull #1 of this exciting new boat was due to be launched this summer. Designed by Francois Perus, it’s the second in the Slyder line, following on from the Slyder 47. It is an unapologetically speed-oriented boat, though it lacks nothing in either cruising amenities or quality of construction.
The hull is cored with CoreCell foam set between biaxial and triaxial e-glass with layers of unidirectional carbon fiber in high-load areas, all vacuum-infused with vinylester resin. If that’s not sophisticated enough, you can also have the boat built entirely of carbon and epoxy. Interior furniture, with the exception of door frames and impact areas, is balsa-cored with honeycomb-core used where strength is not required.
The rig is designed to be easy to handle for a small crew, with a high-aspect square-headed mainsail and a trio of furling headsails.
Two versions are offered—the 57 Sport, and the 57 Elegance. The latter has stub keels instead of the standard boat’s curved daggerboards, a sunbathing area on the hardtop and an elevated helm station instead of the Sport’s twin wheels on the quarters. A number of layout options are available, and the builder says it will accommodate almost any custom request as long as it doesn’t compromise the boat’s performance or seaworthiness. Slyder Yachts, slyder-yachts.com
LOA 56ft 8in BEAM 28ft 6in DRAFT 2ft 6in (board up) DISPLACEMENT 26,455lb (light ship)
Lightweight sophisticated construction is all very well, except when you intend to hit the Beagle Channel or perhaps the Northwest Passage, in which case you’d no doubt be much happier aboard a boat like the Alumarine 48. Built of high-grade aluminum, like its monohull siblings, this is a boat that can take some punishment while keeping its crew safe.
It’s a galley-up design, with an L-shaped dinette in the roomy saloon and, importantly for such a boat, plenty of stowage. The standard layout has two big double cabins to port sharing a separate head/shower and a generous owner’s suite to starboard.
Metal construction notwithstanding, this cat should be capable of decent passage speeds. It carries a big rig with a square-headed main and a Code 0 set ahead of a self-tacking jib. Alumarine, alumarine-shipyard.com
LOA 47ft 5in BEAM 25ft 6in DRAFT 4ft 3in DISPLACEMENT N/A
MHS Fall 2015