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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

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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.

The Argument For or Against The Bali Catamaran Range

Bali 4.5 catamaranWhen the Bali catamaran range was launched about three years ago, it created a stir in the industry, not only because the Catana catamaran owner, Olivier Poncin, launched a NEW brand but also because he turned conventional thinking about catamarans on it’s head. It has since won accolades from industry professionals and consumers alike for innovation and performance and the Bali brand is now well established.

Lagoon 42 Catamaran Sailing Report From A Catamaran Guru Reader

cata lagoon 42 bahamas navigationThe 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.

Tour The Fountaine Pajot Ipanema 58 Catamaran

We had a chance to tour the Ipanema 58 at the Strictly Sail Miami Boat Show in February. It is a very nice and luxurious catamaran and the flagship of the Fountaine Pajot catamaran range. 

The Ipanema 58 is a boat designed enjoy sailing and the lifestyle in great comfort and style. The exterior entertainment areas are spacious and comfortable including a 225 ft² cockpit, a forward deck for sunbathing, and a plush flybridge with two entrances.

Interior living spaces are luxurious and available in two options with a galley up or down. Spacious and bright cabins with very modern styling. The Maestro version offers 5 cabins with an owner’s suite or 6 spacious and identical cabins. The Lounge version, offers 4 cabins with a spacious owner’s suite. Check it out and let us know what you think.

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