Sails : Sails 28 October November 2014
muLtihuLLs 056 Catana t he newly announced Catana 53 slots into the French builder’s range between the 47 that i rated highly during a thrilling test sail and the 55, but unlike these the new boat is an in- house design rather than one from Christophe Barreau. Known for its performance models, which have been built near Perpignan in south-west France since 1984, these fast blue-water cruisers are identified by their tall, slim hulls with unusual plum, bulbous bows and tall dagger boards. the latest overall shape began with the Catana 59 that i enjoyed reviewing when it launched in 2013 and now applies to all the later models. similar to its siblings, the 53 cockpit has the twin binnacles outboard which allows clear views but also exposes the steerer. however in cruising mode, you’d click the autopilot on and retire to the enclosed stern deck which is now on the same level as the saloon, unlike previous models. the artist’s impressions shows wide double sliding doors into the saloon. here, the galley-up arrangement and full size navigation station still leaves plenty of room for the lounge, where an unusual twin coffee table arrangement is shown in the early graphics, indicating that the aft cockpit dinette is the main dining place but this is to be confirmed. the addition of an island bench is a good move as well, for creating an additional hand support midships. the accommodation layout has the owner’s hull starboardside with good privacy thanks to the forward located entry corridor. the owner has a centralised desk with ablutions forward – including twin sinks – in a very spacious looking bathroom. the port hull has a twin cabin aft with double forward and both have ensuites. Deck gear is expected to be harken with halyards running through Catana’s unique central spinebox to emerge neatly beside the twin outboard winches on each hull in the cockpit. the alloy mast is held up by both inner and outer shrouds and supports a cutter rig with Code O out on a prodder and inner genoa. the polar diagram shows an impressive speed to match the wind at 16 knots, which is also good for those twilight racers. Carbon is used throughout the GRP infused foam cored build; with twaron-aramid carbon in the key part parts of the hull, deck, entire saloon roof and bimini. Further PAssAGE mAKER catana is known for its performance, so the new 53 with daggerboards for good upwind performance, is expected to carry this tradition on for the french builder. Model Catana 53 loa 16.18 metres / 53.08 feet lWl – BeaM 8.65 metres draft 1.43-3.60metres (with daggerboards down) displaCeMent 14,000 kg sail area Mainsail 100m2 , genoa 65m2 , gennaker 107m2 engines 2 x 75 Hp fuel 800 litres Water 800 litres design Catana priCe au$2,000,000 (estimated) catana 53 rigidity comes from the entire build integrating three moulded parts, with bridgedeck and inside hull mould monolithic. Other key carbon reinforced areas include the shroud chain plates, an import part on performance catamaran. Dagger boards (which fill with water) should ensure that the 53 goes to windward and reaches with minimal leeway; while lowering them to the height of the twin rudders can protect the steering gear. as per european requirements escape hatches are in both hulls and their tall topsides ensure plenty of bridgedeck clearance to minimise wave slap, while their narrow entry aids pointing. like the 42 and 47, the Catana 53 looks a stylish boat that will be a fast passage-maker, so not surprising that distributor Multihull solutions tells me that there are five orders being processed for this boat already. www.multihullsolutions.com.au Catana is kn own for speed, with daggerboards an d sharp hull profiles, so the upcoming 53 will appea l to the performance orientated sa ilor.
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