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