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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.
Today, Catamaran Guru is the number one go-to company for catamaran buyers. As experienced yacht brokers and liveaboard catamaran owners ourselves, we help you realize your cruising dreams safely and comfortably while maintaining more of your investment. Whether you are a cruiser looking for a well priced, well-equipped catamaran or want to reduce cost of ownership by placing your catamaran in a charter fleet, we have the expertise to help you. Read More>>
Cruising World Magazine released their “Boat of The Year 2017” winners in early December 2016. The prestigious judging panel declared: “Catamarans, catamarans, catamarans: Never in the 22-year history of our annual Boat of the Year competition have we seen so many catamarans.” Yup, we had a big slew of great new catamaran designs hit the boat shows in 2016 and each of them found a niche!
Two of the award winners, the Xquisite X5 and the Leopard 45, are also on Catamaran Guru's list, 2016 Top 5 Cruising Catamarans Picks. Two more catamarans, the Balance 526 and the Lagoon 42, were also high on our list of considerations. We did not pick the Balance 526 because we simply have not been on the boat and do not know enough to give an informed opinion but we hope to meet up with Phil Berman to get an education. Any new owners of a Balance 526, we would love to hear from you!
Check out the new Fountaine Pajot 47 video! The new FP 47 is due to be launched in April 2017. Yet before the year began, the model sold out well into 2017. The new FP 47 has great living space including a huge open-plan cockpit designed for entertaining with integrated BBQ and an innovative new tender lift that doubles as a swimming platform. The swim platform / dinghy lift is THE biggest selling point for this catamaran!
Our top five catamaran picks for 2016 are exceptional catamarans each in their own right and it was difficult to pick them out amongst the too many good brands and models. We could have listed several more catamarans but the 5 we chose, seemed to have really done well with the general sailing public and with our clients in particular. Bearing in mind that the majority of our clients are long-term sailing cruisers and are primarily concerned with livability, comfort, quality, price and then performance. However, these five cats fare equally well in management in a charter fleet, which is how many of our clients at least partially pay for their future cruising catamarans.
These catamaran models are all modern, lightweight construction and fresh designs. There are no extensions added to the scoops to stretch the size of the cat or old technology and finishing like head liners and roll-on paint. These catamarans are well thought out and well designed. While our five catamaran picks meet most or all of the criteria for cruising couples, they are not racing catamarans but are also not slow. The goal is to get 160-180NM (6.5-7.5 knots average) in 24hours on a 40ft cat and 180-220NM (7.5-9 knots average) on a 45ft cat in good conditions. Easily achievable on these cats if sailed safely and at their optimum.
Yacht charter management is a good way to reduce the cost of a boat and also offset the cost of ownership. To make it a successful endeavor, the yacht owner has to be informed and involved. There are different types of management programs offered by the charter industry, but the two most popular programs offered by most charter companies are the "Guaranteed Income Program" and the "Performance or Income Sharing Program". Both these programs have their pros and cons and the boat owner has to figure out what will work best for their particular situation and plans.
The main aspects to consider for the boat buyer when choosing charter management programs are their risk tolerance and possible need for tax benefits. That will dictate, to a large degree, if a guaranteed monthly income with less risk, involvement, and liability vs the Performance Program with higher revenues, but more personal involvement, may be a better fit for you.
In the world of large sailing multihulls, boats like “Hemisphere” the world’s largest catamaran and
McConaghy’s Trimaran, the 140ft “Adastra”, still rule the big catamaran market. Any other large multihulls have a steep hill to climb to compete. However, we have seen more interesting large catamaran designs come to market lately like the Lagoon Seventy7, Sunreef 68, Privilège Serie 8, and Catana 70.
Sailing catamarans in the above-50ft range are a rare commodity on the global market and are more often custom designs for a particular owner.
Lagoon, Catana, and Fountaine Pajot have each tested the waters in this market and have had varying degrees of success. We have seen first-hand how the market is reacting to these large cats, because we have sold many of them including two of the new Lagoon Seventy7 so far!
Catana’s 70-ft cat, the FP Ipanema 58, and Lagoon’s 620 have all been well received by our clients and are generally very successful catamarans. However, Lagoon has topped this market in 2016 with their latest offering, the Lagoon Seventy7.
We’ve all heard the term “floating condo” used for these big-volume cats. That may be true, but what space! We love how much live-able space we have on our boat, inside and out! The contemporary accommodations and furnishings is designed by the Italian interior specialists Nauta Yachts.
The overall design maximizes space and adds small touches that makes the interior feel and appear very luxurious, e.g., the indirect lighting, a "hideaway" cabinet for the flat-screen TV, soft-close drawers and lockers, a washing machine with a nice adjoining hamper, and island beds to name a few.
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