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Fountaine Pajot New 42

The French cat powerhouse has been on a roll these last few years, cranking out new models that not only replace their older line but take a step forward in design and user-friendliness. The New 42’s “real” name had not been revealed as we went to press, but we can be sure it will have the same island theme as its predecessors. Renderings of the Berret Racoupeau-designed cat show a handsomely styled package combining scads of room belowdecks with a functional deck and cockpit plan. The three-cabin Maestro version devotes one hull to the owner’s suite, while the four-cabin Quatuor will find its way into many charter fleets. Fountaine Pajot, catamarans-fountaine-pajot.com

LOA 41ft 4in (12.58m) Beam 23ft 8in (7.20m) Draft 4ft 2in (1.25m) Displacement 25,355lb (11,500kg) light ship

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Dufour Catamarans 48

Had Dufour Yachts known how popular multihulls would become, the French company would never have sold its subsidiary, Nautitech, all those years ago. Now, however, the longtime monohull builder is back in the two-hull game. The Dufour 48 sits in the middle of the 45-50ft “sweet spot” for cat builders. Its voluminous interior opens up an array of options belowdecks, with up to five cabins/heads configurations available. Up top there’s a large flybridge seating area that wraps around the helm station, with easy access to sunpads on the cabintop. The sailplan features a large self-tacking jib for ease of handling, with the main set almost amidships. Dufour Catamarans, dufour-yachts.com

LOA 48ft 3in (14.7m) Beam 26ft 3in (8m) Draft 4ft 3in (1.3m) Displacement 32,970lb (14,954kg)

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HH77

This Morrelli & Melvin design for Hudson & Hakes looks like a true dream boat for well-heeled sailors who like a large dash of adrenaline to spice up their creature comforts. Imagine cruising at an unstressed 25 knots for hour after hour, with the ability to ratchet up the speed even more should you feel the urge. This is a totally customizable concept, and the boat can be stretched up to 88ft to suit the client’s needs. Composite carbon-fiber construction ensures both light weight and high strength. With so much interior space to play with, there’s little limit to what can be done. The preliminary layouts show walk-around king-size beds in both the owner’s and guest suites. HH Catamarans, hhcatamarans.com

LOA 80ft 3in (24.50m) Beam 38ft 5in (11.70m) Draft 2ft 5in/14ft 10in (0.75m/4.5m) Displacement (light ship) 97,000lb (44,000kg)

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Allures C47.9

Tough aluminum hulls and lightweight composite decks and superstructure are the best of both worlds for a cat designed for high-latitude sailing. The Barreau/Neuman design is the first multi from the famed French builder of aluminum monohulls, and its sporty lines prove that you can be tough and sleek at the same time. There is a strong family resemblance to the Outremer cats built by Allures’s stablemate, and that’s no surprise—the 47.9 is basically a stretched version of the composite-hulled Outremer 45. It has fixed keels and additional beam in the hulls to improve load carrying capability. Allures Yachiting, allures.fr

LOA 47ft 11in (14.60m) Beam 24ft (7.35m) Draft 4ft 1in (1.25m) Displacement (light ship) 26,455lb (12,000kg)

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Bali 4.1

This is basically a Mk 2 version of the successful Bali 4.0, based on the same hulls and deck with some significant tweaks. Most obvious is the way the protruding transoms have now been joined by a solid deck that effectively forms a long swim platform. This in turn has enabled a large bench seat to be installed athwartships in the cockpit, along with more locker space. The interior has been redesigned to make better use of the volume, but otherwise the layout remains the same as the Bali 4.0 Lounge version. Bali Catamarans, bali-catamarans.com

LOA 40ft 7in (12.35m) Beam 22ft 6in (6.72m) Draft 3ft 9in (1.12m) Displacement (light ship) 24,200lb

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Neel 47

The healthy order book for Neel’s 51ft cruising trimaran notwithstanding, the La Rochelle-based company is expanding its line with a new 47-footer. Marc Lombard has given the Neel 47 a sharp new look while retaining the character of these unique cruisers. The deckhouse is shorter and narrower than on the 51 and 45, and the accommodation concepts have been revised; the owner’s cabin on the main deck remains a key feature, but the 47 has sleeping cabins in the floats that can be accessed from the cockpit as well as via the saloon. Single berths in the eyes of the floats look ideal for children. On deck, sliding doors open up to combine the interior and outdoor seating areas into one space—Neel’s “cockloon.” Neel Trimarans, neel-trimarans.com

LOA 47ft (14.20m) Beam 27ft (8.30m) Draft 5ft 2in (1.60m) Displacement (light ship) 23,370lb (10,600kg) 

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Unlimited C53

Italy’s Unlimited Yachts roped in one of the country’s top sailors, Vittorio Malingri, to help plan out the deck layout and sail handling systems on its new sport cruising cat. A design team headed by Marco Veglia came up with a light but strong boat constructed from vacuum-bagged composites of E-glass and carbon fiber, with slender, deep hulls below the waterline, a longeron to handle the headstay loads rather than a crossbeam, curved daggerboards for upwind performance and high bridgedeck clearance to handle ocean waves. Malingri says it’s built like a racing cat with the comforts of a cruiser; there are two layouts, both decked out in minimalist luxury. Unlimited Yachts, unlimited.it

LOA 57ft 3in (17.45m) Beam 25ft 7in (7.80m) Draft 4ft 11in/8ft 7in (1.50/2.65m) Displacement 28,000lb (12,700kg)

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