REVIEWS Lipari 41
Shipyard FOUNTAINE PAJOT
Lipari 41 catamaran: the door to ocean cruising.
At the beginning of June, Fountaine Pajot surprised everyone by announcing the marketing of a new catamaran, the Lipari 41. It immediately appealed to us.
The study was carried out in the greatest secrecy, as was the realisation of the moulds. On this Lipari catamaran, we can of course recognise the harmonious lines so characteristic of the catamarans produced by Fountaine Pajot. The 36, the 41 and the 44 have slightly rounded bows, unlike their bigger sisters, the 48 and 60 catamarans, which have straight bows – a question of the architect’s choice.
On first sight, we had the pleasant impression of climbing aboard a catamaran on a human scale which however offerssufficient space; aft of the cockpit, the manoeuvring area allows access to the dinghy, and a path from one sugar scoop to the other without interfering in the cockpit – the living and relaxing area whose layout is quite classical, with the table to port and the raised steering position to starboard. The main new feature of this 40-footer (compared to the Lavezzi), apart from the bigger area to starboard, lies in the rigid bimini, a solution initiated by Nautitech. Amongst the advantages of this formula is that work on the boom is made much easier, the mainsheet traveller track can be fitted to it, thus freeing up the cockpit from any constraints linked to manoeuvres and in addition, it frees up an area which is sheltered and protected. But there is obviously a weight penalty.
We left the harbour. From the helm of the Lipari 41 catamaran, thanks to its raised position, forward and sideways visibility is very good; on the other hand, it is much less so to the rear, and when mooring stern-to, a crew member will be needed to indicate the distance remaining. The two engines were of course wonderful for manoeuvring in the harbour; we were already in the channel.
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Specification sheet Lipari 41 Fountaine Pajot
Shipyard : FOUNTAINE PAJOT / Length : 11.95mSee technical specifications for this catamaran / trimaran