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ITA Cata­ma­rans is a new brand, but the team be­hind this 14.99 are no strangers to the trade and have ex­pe­ri­ence from many of the ma­jor Italian ship­yards. The naval ar­chi­tec­ture is by Fran­cois Perus, whose Yacht De­sign Col­lec­tive has worked with brands such as Catana and North Wind on their multihulls.

The re­sult is a sleek-look­ing craft with stylish dread­nought bows and re­fresh­ingly low-pro­file coachroof.

This sets the tone for the boat, due to launch this sum­mer, which is all about stel­lar per­for­mance within the en­ve­lope of a fast cruiser.

Take the twin helm sta­tions, for in­stance – they are perched on the aft coam­ing. This frees up the cock­pit for so­cial­is­ing, with­out com­pro­mis­ing the boat’s sta­bil­ity by put­ting the weight of the helm on the coachroof. The re­sult looks as if it could feel ex­posed in bad weather, al­though there is a wrap­around seat, and the Jefa pedestal can swing in­board if nec­es­sary. The outer po­si­tion gives you op­ti­mal views ahead and to wind­ward.

The dread­nought bows are de­signed to give ex­tra wa­ter­line length for speed, while the long, fine un­der­wa­ter pro­file of the hulls is op­ti­mised for com­fort through the waves. The flat­ter sec­tions aft mean that she should plane at speed, and the winch-trimmed dag­ger­boards im­prove per­for­mance to wind­ward. High-tech foam sandwich lay-up and the use of car­bon fi­bre in key ar­eas keeps the hulls light and stiff.

There should be plenty of power from her fat­head main and self-tack­ing jib. “Since most cruis­ers con­sists of one cou­ple for sail­ing, the deck and run­ning rig­ging had to be of a de­sign so that one per­son can eas­ily man­age all sail­ing ma­noeu­vres from the safety of the cock­pit,” says So­nia Se­gato, head of mar­ket­ing at ITA Cata­ma­rans.

The main­sheet runs back to blocks on the aft cross­beam, where Harken 50 winches are within easy reach of the helm. It is a set-up that has worked well for mono­hull sailors, and this boat’s low pro­file coachroof makes it pos­si­ble here too.

The de­signer’s am­bi­tion is clearly blue­wa­ter, be­cause the boat’s equip­ment and lat­est tech­nol­ogy in­cludes a Schenker wa­ter­maker and Ocean­volt elec­tric propul­sion, backed up with twin re­gen­er­at­ing props that al­low you to recharge the lithium-ion bat­ter­ies as you sail.

There’s scope for own­ers to choose their own in­te­rior de­sign. “Noth­ing is set in stone”, says ITA. The heart of the boat is its comfy sa­loon, which has wrap­around tough­ened glass win­dows, and the star­board hull is turned over to the owner’s suite. There are sev­eral con­fig­u­ra­tions to choose from, in­clud­ing one with an of­fice and an­other with bunks.

Weight man­age­ment is taken very se­ri­ously. The com­plete hulls weigh 2,250kg, and the whole boat is in­fused in one shot to come in un­der five tonnes. The first 14.99 will be shown at Cannes, be­fore the owner takes it on a cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion.

A con­tem­po­rary and spa­cious in­te­rior for the up­com­ing de­but model from ITA

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