NEW CATS IN TOWN

Cruising World - - Under Way -

Just in time for up­com­ing boat shows, a trio of new cata­ma­rans is head­ing this way for their North Amer­i­can de­buts.

ASTRÉA 42

French cata­ma­ran builder Foun­taine Pa­jot has set­tled on a name for its new Ber­ret Ra­cou­peau-de­signed 42-footer. The sharp-look­ing cat will be called the Astréa 42, named af­ter the star maiden in Greek mythol­ogy.

“Astréa, both a mytho­log­i­cal god­dess and a con­stel­la­tion, beau­ti­fully sym­bol­ized this new in­no­va­tive and bright cruis­ing cata­ma­ran,” the com­pany said in an­nounc­ing the name. All seven mod­els in the Foun­taine Pa­jot range have un­usual ti­tles, rather than sim­ply the com­pany’s name and a num­ber de­not­ing size.

The cata­ma­ran will be in­tro­duced here in North Amer­ica at the U.S. Sail­boat Show in An­napo­lis, Mary­land, next fall. The Astréa will be avail­able in a three-, four- or five-cabin lay­out. It fea­tures padded loung­ing ar­eas on the fore­deck and Bi­mini, a raised helm sta­tion, U-shaped gal­ley and large win­dows for near 360-de­gree vis­i­bil­ity in the sa­loon. For de­tails, visit the web­site (foun­taine pa­jot.com.au/sail-range/new-42).

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