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Crafts­man­ship and semi-cus­tom build are the call­ing cards of French brand Priv­i­lege Ma­rine. The yard may have in­creased its ef­fi­ciency un­der the own­er­ship of the Hanse Group, but don’t ex­pect anony­mous pro­duc­tion line boats. The team will in­cor­po­rate what­ever fin­ish and fea­tures you de­sire.

First out of the shed un­der Hanse’s watch is the Serie 5 – the brand’s en­try-level cat.

She of­fers a big hull with plenty of vol­ume, but with lines by rac­ing vet­eran Marc Lom­bard she won’t be slow. The accent is on sta­bil­ity for a rounded blue­wa­ter per­for­mance.

The bulk­head helm sta­tion helps keep the weight lower and is well-con­nected to the so­cial space of the cock­pit. The dis­tin­guish­ing fea­ture is the ‘na­celle’ struc­ture be­tween the bows, which cre­ates a huge vol­ume en­tirely de­voted to the master cabin.

Price from €995,000 priv­i­lege-ma­rine.com The lat­est in Bali’s range picks up on many of the at­tributes that made a suc­cess of the smaller Bali 4.0. Cruis­ing com­fort re­mains the key char­ac­ter­is­tic of this cata­ma­ran, with lots of so­cial space and com­fort­able cab­ins.

Bali, owned by the Catana Group, is unique in the cat mar­ket for con­nect­ing its two hulls fore and aft with a rigid deck, rather than drop­ping a deck on top of deck beams. The skirts of the two tran­soms are bridged by a solid piece of GRP, and the area where the tram­po­line would usu­ally be is half turned over to a fore­deck loung­ing and eat­ing area.

There are no cen­tre­boards to worry about – the boat re­lies on stub keels to keep her slid­ing for­wards rather than side­ways. This means less per­for­mance to wind­ward, but eas­ier han­dling. A for­giv­ing pack­age, of­fered with ei­ther three or four en-suite cab­ins. Price from €294,800 bali-cata­ma­rans.com Un­veiled in 2017, the La­goon 50 plugs the gap be­tween the 52 and the 450. It has been given a new look on deck, with a slight bevel to the top of each hull, huge port­lights and even more glass around the sa­loon. There’s an eas­ier-to-han­dle rig with shorter boom, high-as­pect main, self-tack­ing jib, and all lines lead back to the fly­bridge helm sta­tion. De­signer VPLP has also moved the mast a lit­tle aft to re­duce pitch­ing.

As with all La­goons, com­fort, sim­plic­ity and ease are the key­words. The fly­bridge fea­tures com­pre­hen­sive loung­ing space, and there’s a large cock­pit with mod­u­lar din­ing op­tions. An­other seat­ing area ex­ists be­tween the sa­loon win­dows and the fore­deck tram­po­line.

The sa­loon is on two lev­els, with a re­tractable wind­screen, and the hulls can be con­fig­ured with any­thing from three to six dou­ble cab­ins.

Price from €550,800 cata-la­goon.com

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