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Which 40-foot catamaran for cruising?

Published on 24 may 2018 at 0h00

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For a long time, the most-used long-term cruising boat - at least in multihulls - was a catamaran of more or less 40 feet. The most emblematic of these ocean cruising boats being the Prout Snowgoose. In the anchorages around the world, we also found the Outremers (38 and 40), the famous Edel Cat 35, the Louisiane, Fidji and Athena from Fountain Pajot, the Lagoon 37 then 380, the Catanas (381 – 39 – 40), the Privilege 12 and 37, as well as the Kennex 380s, Azulis and Escale 39s… Boats which are as different as is possible, all created before the year 2000, but all capable of taking (and above all bringing back) their crews, for the most part consisting of families sailing around the world. Today, the 40-foot slot is mainly occupied by the major builders, who all offer a boat which is often at the entry level to the world of multihulls. These catamarans are of course comfortable, and offer 3 or 4 double cabins, 2 heads, and volumes which sailors in the 90s would have dreamed of. As for performance, they remain absolutely convincing, in the framework of a cruise as a family or a couple; what's more, these boats are capable of carrying a good useful load when cruising, and all this for a reasonable budget. So let’s embark aboard the Bali 4.0, Broadblue Rapier 400, Lagoon 40, Leopard 40, Lucia 40, Nautitech Open 40 and Seawind 1190…

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