Offshore Yachting : February March 2013
CATANA 47 074 with US Walnut edges was designed by Linea Concept, a French company who've also worked with Dufour and completed various custom catamaran projects. The result is a pleasing and functional layout with stylish leather upholstery, rounded edges and in the galley and surrounds, roller cabinet doors. Cooks should have little to complain about in the galley thanks to a three-burner stove / oven, deep sink and voluminous chilled storage (160L stainless steel refrigerator plus similar freezer fitted on the review boat). If preparing a meal my only gripe would be the relative lack of work surfaces for food preparation and rather flimsy door catches, but there are plenty of redeeming features such as a pull DINNER TIME Left: A well- equipped galley is sure to please cooks. Above right: The distinct hulls of the Catana grace Sydney Harbour. out storage section and generally good cupboard space. A big plus on the Catana for me is the navigation station on the saloon's forward starboard corner. A swing- out stool nicely seats the navigator to view the instruments. Dominating the bulkhead is a Navnet2 10.4 inch colour chart plotter (with 2.2kW radar input). Alongside, the switch panel is clearly laid out with a useful lighting diagram for quick checks of the navigation lights. Power generation is ample as well with both renewable and conventional sources of electricity. A total of six gel 120 AH batteries are charged by twin 80amp engine alternators, plus six 80-watt solar panels mounted on the bimini above, negating the need for an optional generator to be fitted. OWNER'S SUITE Stepping down into the portside hull is a very pleasant experience thanks to the entire area being devoted to the owner's suite with accommodation aft and large bathroom forward. In between there's a useful vanity/study table, myriad cabinet space and enough headroom to satisfy an Olympic basketball player. Good details include slatted bases for the bed plus the use of separate memory foam mattress and ample shelf space. Ablutions are good as well with a separate shower cubicle, electrically operated head and plenty of natural light with ventilation. In the port hull opposite, the two guest cabins provide good accommodation of family and friends, with each having their own bathroom and plenty of space. Aft there's a double that easily converts to two singles with good storage space and three opening hatches for light and ventilation (including an escape hatch amidships). The forward port cabin has a smaller double and is fitted with a bench seat and large wardrobe with roller shutter door. STYLISH TOPSIDES AND HULL Topsides on the Catana 47 should please the discerning sailor, thanks to good design in the rig, anchor setup and a flexible sail plan. Our review boat came with a white lacquered aluminium mast with spreaders, built by Marechal, with twin headsails. A large genoa runs off a bow prodder and a halyard is included for a gennaker, which flies from the very end of the prodder. The halyards are cleverly located on a mast track and run back to the cockpit. Optioning up includes a white lacquered carbon rig from Formula Spars, if further weight saving and performance is an issue. For anchoring there's a powerful Lofrans Falkon 1700W horizontal windlass and capstan, which is well up to the job for a boat with such blue water cruising capability. The hulls are constructed of an infused 20mm thick foam sandwich, with polyester and vinylester resin below the waterline and carbon in key areas. It's reinforced with Twaron aramid fibre (as used in bullet-proof vests) in the key stress areas of chain plates, cross spars and mast foot. The cross spar is also bolted in a way that allows some flex. This kind of quality build means the company can give owners a generous five-year warranty. MULTIHULL SOLUTIONS / KEVIN GREEN ROUNDED EDGES Right: Cabins are stylish, spacious and light-filled. Below: The comprehensive navigation station is an outstanding feature of the interior.
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