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42ft Catamaran Comparisons & NEW Fountaine Pajot 42 Launch

FP 42We are about to head out to the International Multihull Boat Show in La Grande Motte, France on April 18 - 22, 2018 to view the newly launched Fountaine Pajot 42, amongst other catamarans.

It is a much anticipated model in the Fountaine Pajot range and is has all the great features of the hugely popular Saona 47.

It is a very good looking catamaran with the typical new Fountaine Pajot features like the semi-flybridge with easy access to the boom, an electric dinghy platform, coffee table and deep comfortable seating in the salon and cockpit. It looks like it will be another hit from Fountaine Pajot catamaran builders! We are super excited to be at the unveiling of this catamaran model in France and we will report back with a video walk-through! Join Us in France to view the NEW FP 42!

Contact Us for specifications and pricing of the NEW Fountaine Pajot 42 in the buisness tax program or charter mangement with a guaranteed monthly income and worlwide sailing! Click Read More below to see the 42ft Catamaran Comparisons>>

The New 2018 MCConaghy 50 Catamaran

The new McConaghy 50 Catamaran, launched in January 2018, was designed by a team of highly experienced sailors, engineers and designers. Jason Ker of Ker Yacht Design & Engineering, who was also responsible for last America’s Cup British BAR Racing entry, designed this catamaran. The builder, Mark Evans and his team at McConaghy Boats built some of the most high-tech racing boats and luxury superyachts in the world. The MC50 is the final product of a highly experienced and very enthusiastic design and building team.

Performance: They reckon that the MC50 is capable of cruising speeds very close to wind speed. Controlling the weight of the boat makes for unmatched sailing performance. 

NEW 2018 Lagoon 50 Catamaran

Key Lagoon 50 Catamaran Features

I have heard owners of the Lagoon 450 (who happen to love their boats but are ready to upgrade) say that the NEW Lagoon 50 is the perfect compromise between the hugely popular 450 model and the Lagoon 52. It is a very attractive option for owners ready to step up to a large and easy to sail owner’s boat.

Cabin Layouts and Owner's Suite

This catamaran has quite simply one of the best designed interiors and aft cockpit layouts on the market. It has unparalleled accommodation possibilities, available in three to six cabins, with the third cabin inboard of each hull and surprisingly, even with that many cabins, it does not feel cramped, although 4 cabins in my opinion would be better if one opts for the owner's version. The owners cabin is truly luxurious with a walk-around queen bed, a walk-in closet option and a bathroom with seperate toilet, shower and vanity areas and double sinks. The closet space with plenty of hanging space, is more than ample. The natural light streaming in the through the panoramic windows is wonderful and makes all the cabins light and airy.

South African Catamaran Boat Building & Our African Safari

We had the opportunity to visit South Africa recently to see our family, visit a few catamaran manufacturers and catch up with some South African clients. But first we took a quick detour and visited the mighty Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River in Zambia. It is the largest waterfall in the world and measures more than a 5,500ft wide and a more than 350ft drop. 

We were there during the rainy season and the noise of the Falls is deafening while the spray and mist from the falling water can rise to a height of over 400 meters. We saw it in all is thundering glory and that is why the local tribes used to call the waterfall Mosi-o-Tunya - “The smoke that thunders”. It is simply spectacular!

We then made our way to Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa. It is situated against the Botswana border close to the Kalahari Desert, about a half hour from where I (Estelle) grew up. Madikwe is a little known hidden gem with 750km2 of pristine land and it offers not only 60+ different large mammal species but you are almost guaranteed to get sightings of the Big 5 (elephant, rhinoceros, buffalo, leopard, lion).

The Cruising Catamaran Performance Debate

Catana cruising catamarans

Which Cruising Catamaran Performs Better...And Does
It Really Matter?

A client recently alerted us to a Youtube video posted by a catamaran dealer that is blatantly misleading and inaccurate. If you listen to this dealer, every catamaran manufacturer, other than the Fountaine Pajot brand, is slow, unsafe, not seaworthy and not fit to be a cruising catamaran.

While we agree that the Fountaine Pajot brand is an excellent product (we sell a lot of them), it certainly is not the ONLY good cruising catamaran in the world. There are many products available that are as good and like so many things, when it comes to choosing a cruising boat, it often boils down to personal preference, especially in this category of cruising catamaran.

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