Offshore Yachting : February March 2013
NEW YEAR, NEW YACHTS 065 PREMIER COMPOSITES / VICSAIL / CATANA / MULTIHULL SOLUTIONS MODEL Carkeek 40 DESIGN Carkeek Design Partners LOA 12.2m / 40ft BEAM 3.85m DRAFT 2.95m ENGINE 30hp SAIL AREA upwind 109m2 (1,173ft2) / downwind 249m2 (2,680ft2) WATER CAPACITY 100 litres FUEL CAPACITY 40 litres DISPLACEMENT 4,000--4,200kg PRICE US$452,000 (40R model), US$524,000 (40GP model) CARKEEK 40 & 45 The Carkeeks are grand prix all-carbon race boats and should soon be arriving in Australia thanks to Vicsail's recent distribution agreement. Designers Botín and Shaun Carkeek have dominated the MedCup for the past five years, so expect plenty of winning design flair in these new pocket rockets. The Carkeek 40 is built specifically to the HPR (High Performance Handicap Race Boat Rule) with a rating of IRC TCC 1.235 and 1.265 (in HPR trim). Reflecting the economic times, the Carkeek 40 is built for a realistic budget, which includes transportation. It fits a standard 40ft platform container and has an optional quick-release/lifting cassette keel plus a two-part rig. At 6,100kg, the Carkeek 45 'GP' SA/Disp ratio is higher than the latest generation of TP 52s and significantly lighter than IRC designed equivalents. The 40-footer is available in either Carbon Epoxy (40R model) or full carbon pre-preg build (40GP model), and they are expected to compete head-to-head with the McConaghy boats-built Ker 40 and new Ker 46. Standard features includes full interior fit-out, systems, deck hardware, engine, high modulus Southern Spars mast and boom, nitronic rod rigging, Kevlar backstays, Vectran deflectors. The deck layout is similar to a TP52 with pedestal winch -- something that works well on the Ker 40 according to co-owner Ed Psaltis -- and there's plenty of cockpit space for a fully crewed offshore campaign. The 40 is reportedly up to hull number four while the first two 45s are being launched in early 2013. www.pct.ae Grand prix race boat already proven a race winner and available in composite carbon or full carbon build from Vicsa il.. CATANA 53 Just off the drawing board from its French builders, the new Catana 53 heralds a major departure from Catana's signature styling thanks to America's Cup reverse bows instead of the usual curved stems. Another big plus is a single level cockpit and saloon -- a key feature missing from previous models. The distributor, Multihull Solutions based in Queensland, has already supplied several of its smaller sibling, the Catana 47, to the Australian market. A carbon-fibre reinforced hull, deep dagger boards, outboard helms for performance-oriented sailing and a deck layout that optimises sail handling marks the Catana 53 as a boat for the discerning catamaran sailor. Other key features include an island galley-up design and accommodation that includes a dedicated owner's hull. Unlike some competitors, the 53 comes with a fully featured navigation station, ideal for bluewater cruising where acres of paper charts are still the wise back-up choice. Multihull Solutions is excited by the prospect of the new boat, a more compact version of the 59. "She's only just been released and we have a number of clients interested in this model already," said Multihull Solution's Kim McKee. Overall shape is interesting, as the multi-chine hulls are more angular than its predecessors, have generous topside clearance and importantly plenty of bridge-deck clearance -- to avoid the dreaded cat wave slap for windward sailing. Aimed at the premium end of the multihull market, these boats are ready for bluewater voyaging. www.catana.com MODEL Catana 53 DESIGN Catana shipyard LOA 16.18m BEAM 8.65m DRAFT (boards up) 1.43m / (boards down) 3.60m ENGINE 2x75hp SAIL AREA Mainsail TBC, foresail TBC WATER CAPACITY 2 x 400 litres FUEL CAPACITY 2 x 400 litres DISPLACEMENT 14,000kg PRICE $1,850,000 The n ew Catana 53 from France is a major design upgrade to this lin e of discern ing performance catamaran s.
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