REVIEWS SALINA 48
Shipyard FOUNTAINE PAJOT
Salina 48: A big catamaran for ocean cruising.
Fountaine Pajot is finishing the renewal of its range, initiated with the Lavezzi 40 catamaran, with the arrival of the Salina 48 catamaran ; this boat marks a clear development in the company’s tradition.
Whilst its direct competitor was imposing its vision of the cruising catamaran, by elevating liveable volume to the status of a genuine architectural ideology, thus taking a few market shares, the Aigrefeuille-based company was obliged to react: the Bahia and Belize catamarans were certainly very seaworthy boats, but with however clearly less volume than a Lagoon (not to mention them by name) of the same size, but of a new generation. With the arrival of the Salina catamaran, Fountaine Pajot is back in the race for large volumes. “It took two years to perfect this boat,”Hélène de Fontainieu, communications manager for the La Rochelle company told us. So, is the Salina a successor to the Bahia catamaran? “They shouldn’t be compared,”Hélène continued, “moreover, the two boats coexisted for a year in the company’s catalogue.”
The design was entrusted to the Berret-Racoupeau office, which is used to Fountaine’s big boats, as they designed notably the Marquises 56 and more recently, the Eleuthera 60, not forgetting the Galathéa 65, the builder’s ‘flagship’, as they like to call it.
Salina 48 catamaran: An innovative, fluid deck plan.
You have to get used to it: here everything is big and wide; the designers have broken the latest taboos, pushed over the latest barriers, to (finally) allow the forms come to the fore. Compared to the past, the Salina catamaran has several new features. Firstly, the platform dedicated to the sunbathing area, above the davits, where we are used to seeing the solar panels: this is in fact a completely clear area. Whether you like it or not, it increases the space of course, but associated with the rigid bimini, it makes the boat’s lines more cumbersome.
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Specification sheet Salina 48 Fountaine Pajot
Shipyard : FOUNTAINE PAJOT / Length : 14.3mSee technical specifications for this catamaran / trimaran