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Being successful catamaran broker-consultants isn’t just business, it’s our lifestyle. We are Stephen & Estelle. 25+ years ago in a friend’s backyard in Cape Town, South Africa, we built our first boat then sailed the world. Discovering new places, meeting extraordinary people, and enjoying unique experiences was fun, not work! We've co-owned a catamaran manufacturer, consulted with catamaran manufacturers, managed charter companies, and taught sailing. These experiences and living aboard for 22+ years have taught us important lessons that we happily share with fellow sailors and yacht owners like you.
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We are sending this update from the Multihull Show in France where the world’s newest catamarans and trimarans were on display.
Fountaine Pajot has finally, after a year of suspense, launched the New 47 sailing catamaran and released her name to the world. This latest new model from the shipyard is officially named “Saona 47” after an island off the coast of the Dominican Republic which suitably features 47 km of beautiful coastline!
All our clients who already owners of this new FP47 sailing catamaran are delighted to see the first pictures of their future boats. Here are some pictures and the official naming ceremony from the team at Fountaine Pajot.
We will be visiting Cape Town for a few short days in May, 2017 to meet with clients and visit manufacturers. If you are serious about buying a catamaran and interested in meeting with us, make your appointment NOW to learn more about
Catamaran Guru's experts offer consulting services for prospective buyers to help figure out which yacht ownership solutions are best suited for you and your family. With this information you can make an informed decision, avoid costly mistakes and plan your exit strategy.
Come along to the Annapolis Spring boat show and check out the catamarans on display. There will be a Seawind 1160 Lite, Fountaine Pajot Helia 44 and a Lagoon 42, amonst others.
We will be available to chat on the New Lagoon 42 with Dream Yacht on Dock B.
The Lagoon 42 was the winner of Sail Magazine's 2017 "Best Boats and "Boat of the Year" by Cruising World in the "less than 50 feet catamaran" category, for very good reason. It really has all the elements for a great cruising catamaran. Furthermore, the price is very competitive at around $500,000 for a fully loaded cruising catamaran, including watermaker, generator, air conditioners, dinghy, etc.
On March 30, 2017, we joined the Cruising World Expedition and Rally to Cuba. This adventure took us a distance of
98NM across the Florida Straits from Key West to Havana, Cuba. A fleet of sixty boats dotted the horizon with white sails as we set off that evening in a gentle breeze. The wind steadily increased during the night to 25 knots and the sea state responded with fierceness to the increased wind against the opposing Gulf Stream. It made for an ugly confused sea but Zuri took it in her stride and responded like the sailing machine that she is.
<<Zuri sailing past the El Morrow castle outside of Havana Harbor, Cuba, 2017
Zuri under spinnaker in Cuba>>
We had one reef in the mainsail and Zuri’s leeward hull dug into the raging sea but she never lost any speed. We were sailing in the double digits, up to 14 knots at some points during the night. Even though our boat speed was in the double digits, our speed over ground (SOG) was greatly diminished due to the relentless Gulf Stream pushing against us as we smashed into the waves.
Sailing the Florida Keys is full of wonders if you take the time to explore. The Keys are a boating paradise with a subtropical climate and SE winds most of the year. There are wonderful fishing, snorkeling, and diving destinations all within a day's sail.
The Dry Tortugas, a US national park made mostly of open water and 6 small islands, is 70 miles west of Key West. This destinatino features pristine water, coral reefs, and the historical Fort Jefferson.
A barrier reef runs 221 miles along Florida’s southeast coast from Key Biscayne to the Dry Tortugas. It is the only living coral barrier reef in the continental U.S. and is the third largest coral barrier reef system in the world. The reef is protected as an underwater state park known as the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, the first underwater sea park of its kind.
Stephen and I along with many friends have cruised the Keys many times as well as driven from Miami to Key West on several occasions. We discover a new gem each time we venture into the Florida Keys. The Florida Rambler is a great guide of all the places of interest in the Florida Keys, mile marker to mile marker, all across the Overseas Highway! Be prepared to see unusual sights like Perky's Bat Tower on Sugarloaf Key, Jules' Undersea Lodge in Key Largo, and the Seven Mile Bridge.
The Lagoon 42 has been an industry (and now a consumer) favorite since it was launched. It was awarded the 2017 "Boat of the Year" by Cruising World in the "less than 50 feet catamaran" category, making this the fourth award for the Lagoon 42 in one year! We did a quick tour of the L42 again at the Miami boat show and were very impressed. Check out our video tour of the Lagoon 42 at the Strictly Sail Miami Boat Show at right.
Catamaran Guru introduces Captain Jeff Riecks and his boat, Mira Mar, a 2006 Fountaine Pajot Lavezzi 40, as one of our preferred sailing schools in Florida! We toured his boat, checked out the location in Tavernier, Florida, enjoyed some quality time with him, then decided to recommend him as a first rate school!
He operates in the Florida Keys / Bahamas from November through May, and the Chesapeake Bay from June through October, with passage-making opportunities in between.
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