REVIEWS Catana 59
Shipyard CATANA SA
Catana 59 catamaran : Luxury and pleasure; an 18-metre invitation to travel
Catana will soon be celebrating its 30th anniversary! During this period, it has made a lasting impression on the world development of ocean cruising multihulls. The appearance of the Catana 59 catamaran marks a real change in direction, technologically and conceptually; let's look at it together.
Catana 59 catamaran : Careful construction
The Catana 59 catamaran adopts an up-market process which remains perfectly realistic for cruising use. It is built in a single mould, including the bridgedeck and interior half-hulls. A selected gelcoat is applied first, before the first layer of multidirectional glass, laminated with vinylester resin, which will protect the hull below the waterline from hydrolysis. The bottom of the hull is monolithic, to rationalise chocking and preserve the integrity of this sensitive area. The 80kg/m3 foams come next. A Kevlar tissue is applied as an internal skin in potential impact zones, then the whole assembly is carefully infused. The exterior half-hulls are built using the same process; they are joined by lamination. The airex/carbon sandwich bulkheads, manufactured on a surface plate, are joined to the platform by manual lamination of bands of fixing tissues; this step determines the rigidity and guarantees good ageing. The deck closes this 'box'; bonding and lamination make this one-piece structure very strong...
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Specification sheet CATANA 59 Carbon Infusion
Shipyard : CATANA SA / Length : 17.9mSee technical specifications for this catamaran / trimaran