Offshore Yachting : February March 2013
CATANA 47 073 The current Catana range consists of a 42, 47, 55, 59 and 70; all uniquely identified by their tall, slim hulls with unusual plum bulbous bows. The new, carbon strengthened Catana 47 has been remodelled from the previous Catana 471 first launched in 1997, and the new boat very much carries on these traditions while being nearly 700kg lighter than its predecessor and stronger, thanks to carbon strengthening and stiffening of key components. Clocked achieving boat speeds of up to 25 knots during French sea trials, the Catana 47 is designed for fast passage-making and as it is equipped with effective, deep daggerboards to aid upwind sailing performance, you should be able to do much more than simply trade wind sailing. COCKPIT Catanas' unusual characteristics apply to not just the hulls but many aspects of these cleverly designed boats, and the cockpit is top of this list. Firstly, the twin helms are outboard, aligned with the hulls for maximum visibility forward, which also means maximum weather exposure should you wish to remain perched out there in inclement conditions at sea, rather than switching on the Furuno autopilot and retreating to the spacious cockpit. Engine controls and navigation instrumentation are on the starboard MULTI PERSONALIT Y APPEASING BOTH THE PERFORMANCE SAILOR AND THE SERIOUS CRUISER, THE NEW CATANA 47 HAS DUAL APPEAL, REPORTS KEVIN GREEN. helm station with rev counters nicely viewable at waist height with Furuno instruments. Another set is mounted on the saloon bulkhead inside. The running rigging of the Catana 47 has a Gallic twist with twin halyard winches horizontally fixed to a centralised transom bulkhead. Another feature of the transom is a functional davit setup, which along with the stepped swim access on both hulls, should make the Catana a comfortable base from which to board and swim when at anchor, with a retractable, stainless steel swim ladder in the port hull. Al fresco dining is also nicely done with a spacious corner dinette and GRP table adjoining the galley window. Another clever feature is the fold out seats on the coaming, forming a relaxing lounge area with views forward along the expansive side decks. SALOON To enter the saloon you take a step down, which may not be to everyone's liking, but large scuppers prevent any water incursion from the cockpit. Inside, a light and airy ambience fills the saloon, which isn't large for a boat of this size -- with galley portside and large navigation station starboard -- but the area is well proportioned with offset lounge seating and small table. A light-hued wood interior featuring cabinetry and trim finished in laminated Maple Catana are premium quality French catamarans well known as blue water cruisers, with the company's long-term designer Christophe Barreau having completed some serious adventuring in them, as well as other owners who've circumnavigated at speed.
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