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How Do The Most Popular 45ft Production Sailing Catamarans Compare?

45 ft Sailing Catamarans

The Annapolis Sailboat Show is upon us again (9-13 Oct, 2014) and many of our clients are looking for the best sailing catamaran model that will best suit the needs of themselves and their families. The 45ft size range is the most popular right now and there are four production models on the market that seems to accommodate most families' preferences. However, our clients have a hard time making a choice between them.

These sailing catamarans, even though similar in length, are different in significant ways, not only in look and styling but sail to power ratios, volume, and comfort. So, we have done a price and specifications comparison of the four most popular sailing catamaran models in the 45ft range, Bali 4.5, Helia 44, Lagoon 450 and Leopard 44.

This information below, should give catamaran buyers a more clear view of how these sailing catamarans compare. We have similarly spec'd out each of the four catamaran models and the price includes delivery to the US. The hot buttons for this type and size of catamarans are the forward cockpit, "sky-lounge" or sundeck, flush deck from aft cockpit to inside saloon area and aft cockpit extension. Based on this and the most important specifications, like displacement, sail area, lenght etc. we made this chart below to get a good comparison of each catamarans's features.

Bali 4.5 Catamaran by the Catana Group: 535,325 Euro  |  Lagoon 450 Catamaran: 502,474 Euro  

Helia 44 by Fountaine Pajot: 515,940 Euro  |  Leopard 44 by Robertson & Caine: 448,262 Euro

*Based on 2014 Pricing

 

COMPARISON CRITERIA

BALI 4.5 by CATANA

HELIA 44 by FOUNTAINE PAJOT

LAGOON 450

LEOPARD 44 by ROBERTSON & CAINE

*Price Similarly Equipped

535,325 Euro

515,940 Euro

502,474 Euro

448,262 Euro

Length

44.88ft

43.5ft

45.10ft

42.7ft

Beam

24.48ft

24.3ft

25.9ft

23.9ft

Draft

4ft

3.80ft

4.3ft

4.2ft

Displacement

11.6t

10.8t

15.5t

12.62t

Sail Area

151m2

115m2

134m2

123m2

Engines standard / Upgrade

40hp and 50hp

40hp and 55hp

40hp and 55hp

29hp and 39hp

Fuel Capacity

211 gal

124.2 gal

264 gal

185 gal

Water Capacity

211 gal

198 gal

185 gal

206 gal

Self tacking Jib

Yes

No

No

No

Water maker

200 liter/h

60 liter/h or 180 liter/h

100 liter/h

63 liter/h

Refrigeration Capacity

615 liter

190 + 90=280 liter

130+110=240 liter

212 liter

Ventilation:

Up/Down Window

2

0

0

0

Sliding Door

2

2

2

Hinged door

Deck Hatches

6

10

10

8

Hull Hatches

14

2

6

6

Forward Cockpit

Yes -10people

No

No

Yes -5 people

Aft Flush Cockpit

Yes

No

No

Yes

Aft Cockpit Extension

Yes

No

NO

No

Fwd. Sundeck & Bimini

Yes

No

No

No

Sun Bed Capacity

10 people 4 people 3 people No

Stern Cockpit Table

8 people 8 people 6 people 6 people

Forward Cockpit Table

8 people No No 4 people

*These prices are estimates only and should be negotiated with each independent dealer OR catamaran buyers can consult with Catamaran Guru to negotiate on their behalf. 

 

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