MUL­TI­HULLS CRUIS­ING

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PRIV­I­LEGE SERIE 6 In re­cent years, the lux­ury cata­ma­ran mar­ket has found it­self trend­ing to­ward the per­for­mance side of the equa­tion, which is all well and good. How­ever, not ev­ery sailor de­fines “lux­ury” as what is es­sen­tially a race­boat with a mas­sively pow­er­ful rig and stark, al­beit well-ap­pointed ac­com­mo­da­tions. En­ter the Priv­i­lege Serie 6, a French-built cat that is hardly a slouch un­der sail, but still takes a sharp turn back to­ward the “lux­ury” end of the scale, with style and com­fort to spare. Although this is a boat that ex­udes posh qual­ity from the mo­ment you step aboard, the pièce de ré­sis­tance is surely the owner’s state­room, which is both cus­tom­iz­a­ble and spans the boat’s en­tire 30ft beam. Priv­i­lege Ma­rine, priv­i­lege-ma­rine.com

FOUN­TAINE PA­JOT SAONA 47 De­scribed by Foun­taine Pa­jot as “the quin­tes­sen­tial cata­ma­ran for ex­tended cruis­ing or cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tions, of­fer­ing re­mark­able space, safety, com­fort and pow­er­ful per­for­mance in all con­di­tions,” the Saona 47 makes a bold bid to do just that, with its dra­matic lines and ex­pan­sive ac­com­mo­da­tions. In keep­ing with the cur­rent trend in cruis­ing cata­ma­rans, the Soana 47 also pro­vides acres of so­cial­iz­ing and loung­ing space in the form of an open-plan cock­pit, a for­ward “sun lounger” space and a ded­i­cated “lounge deck” along­side the raised helm. The boat’s in­no­va­tive ten­der lift even dou­bles as a swim plat­form. Foun­taine Pa­jot, cata­ma­rans-foun­taine-pa­jot.com

HH55

De­signed by the West Coast mul­ti­hull mavens at Mor­relli & Melvin, the HH55 per­for­mance cat is con­fig­ured to pro­vide an “ex­quis­ite amal­gam of style, speed and man­age­abil­ity” in a fast, blue­wa­ter yacht that will be sure to turn heads ev­ery­where it goes. High­lights in­clude all-car­bon con­struc­tion, a cut­ting-edge South­ern Spars car­bon mast and a car­bon V-boom. The boat is specif­i­cally laid out for short­handed pas­sage­mak­ing and can be han­dled by just two peo­ple. It’s avail­able with ei­ther three or four cab­ins and a pair of con­ven­tional out­board helm sta­tions aft, or a sin­gle helm sta­tion for­ward near the base of the mast. A pow­er­ful square-top main and curved “C-style” dag­ger­boards com­plete this im­pres­sive pack­age. Hud­son

Yacht Group, hh­cata­ma­rans.com

HH66 A mag­nif­i­cent per­for­mance cruiser by any mea­sure, the Mor­relli & Melvin-de­signed HH66 em­ploys scads of car­bon-fiber in con­cert with cut­ting-edge de­sign to pro­vide sparkling per­for­mance on pas­sage with com­fort­ably ap­pointed ac­com­mo­da­tions. No­table fea­tures in­clude a pair of wave-pierc­ing tum­ble­home bows, high-as­pect dag­ger­boards equipped with push-but­ton con­trol, a tow­er­ing car­bon rig and a bri­dle main­sheet with Cari­boni hy­draulic “Magic Trim” rams for a clean, safe cock­pit and op­ti­mum con­trol. The HH66 is avail­able with ei­ther a sin­gle, cen­tral helm or a pair of more con­ven­tional out­board helms aft. The over­all look is lean, pur­pose­ful to the point of be­ing al­most preda­tory and just plain gor­geous—a spec­tac­u­lar ex­am­ple of mod­ern boat­build­ing at its best. Hud­son Yacht Group, hh­cata­ma­rans.com

MAINE CAT 38

Buck­ing the trend in pro­duc­tion cruis­ing cata­ma­rans, the Maine Cat 38 strikes a fine balance be­tween per­for­mance and ac­com­mo­da­tion in or­der to pro­vide a com­bi­na­tion of both com­fort and ex­hil­a­ra­tion un­der sail with­out break­ing the bank. Cen­tral to the boat’s suc­cess is its in­fused con­struc­tion, with the lam­i­nate built around a thermo-formed Core-Cell core, which al­lows a tighter and more ac­cu­rate fit thereby cre­at­ing as light, stiff and strong hull(s) as pos­si­ble. These weight sav­ings, in turn, al­lowed de­signer Dick Vermeulen to spec a smaller rig for eas­ier short­handed sail­ing and cre­ate an im­pres­sively svelt wa­ter­line beam-to-length ra­tio of 12:1, mak­ing the boat both slip­pery and seakindly in a se­away. The boat is now also avail­able in an even lighter LS ver­sion, which strips out yet more weight by sim­pli­fy­ing the boat’s join­ery­work. Maine Cat, mecat.com

WAVE 58

Built in the heart of Poland’s his­toric ship­build­ing dis­trict, the Wave 58 cata­ma­ran of­fers a very dif­fer­ent take from what many con­tem­po­rary sailors may be used to when it comes to cruis­ing cats. Among the more dis­tinct fea­tures aboard the boat are its dis­tinctly cur­va­ceous styling—in­clud­ing dra­matic tum­ble­home in the hulls—and a cen­tral fly bridge sur­rounded by pas­sen­ger seat­ing, with a pair of winches and batteries of stop­pers at its base. Not sur­pris­ingly, this is a boat with plenty of space for stretch­ing out, with five pri­vate state­rooms and four heads with show­ers. Wave Cata­ma­rans, wave­cata­ma­rans.com

LA­GOON SEV­ENTY 7

Wow! Even in a world of in­creas­ingly ex­pan­sive pro­duc­tion sail­boats, the La­goon Sev­enty 7 lit­er­ally tow­ers head and shoul­ders above the com­pe­ti­tion. Need­less to say, this is a boat with mag­nif­i­cent ac­com­mo­da­tions and loung­ing space through­out: from the ex­pan­sive for­ward loung­ing cock­pit to the truly mas­sive fly­bridge to an op­tional hull door in the owner’s suit that af­fords di­rect ac­cess to a per­son­al­ized drop-down swim plat­form La­goon refers to as a “pri­vate beach.” Aboard any other pro­duc­tion boat, such a con­cept might be laugh­able, but aboard the La­goon Sev­enty 7 it works. For those who don’t like La­goon’s ideas on how the ac­com­mo­da­tions should be ar­ranged, the boat is also highly cus­tom­iz­a­ble. Set foot aboard this in­cred­i­ble boat and be amazed. La­goon, cata-la­goon.com

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