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45 to 50 feet - SAILING BUYER’S GUIDE 2021

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TEST in MW156

In 2017, with their 45, Robertson and Caine offered an attractive catamaran: this model satisfies the expectations of charterers or owners who are sensitive to the concept of open spaces. During our test, we appreciated the design of the hulls and the seakindly behavior under sail. The forward cockpit, accessible from inside, has become emblematic of the Leopard range: a definite asset for hedonistic sailors - and for all a must at anchor to enjoy life on board. The forward door is also an excellent way to ventilate the saloon in the tropical sun. A successful model that’s now evolving: the all-new Lounge version with fully-equipped flybridge has great appeal!

Builder: Robertson & Caine
Length: 45’ (13.72 m)
Beam: 24’2” (7.36 m)
Light displacement: 32,850 lbs (14.9 t)
Draft: 4’11” (1.50 m)
Mainsail: 796/817 sq ft (74/75.9 m²)
Genoa: 500 sq ft (46.5 m²)
Spinnaker: 1,505 sq ft (140 m²)
Cabins: 3 or 4 + port forepeak
Water: 206 US gal (780 l)
Diesel: 185 US gal (700 l)
Engines: 2 x 45 HP
Price: € 489,000 ex-tax

TEST in MW170

A little over a year ago, Nautitech presented a totally redesigned version of their 46 Open, and also their 46 Fly. Usually, manufacturers undertake light restyling fairly often on their models, but it’s a different story here, with the 46: apart from the Marc Lombard hulls, which remain identical - even though the topsides will now feature larger openings - everything else has been redesigned and redrawn. The accommodation and deck layout are therefore new. The rig is now a little more powerful, gaining 2 m² (22 sq ft) of sail area

Builder: Nautitech Catamarans
Architect: Marc Lombard
Overall length: 45’3” (13.79 m)
Waterline length: 45’ (13.71 m)
Beam: 24’9” (7.54 m) 
Draft: 4’9” (1.45 m)
Displacement: 23,800 lbs (10.80 t)
Mainsail: 820 sq ft (76 m²)
Self-tacking jib: 410 sq ft (38 m²)
Engines: 2 x 40 HP
Diesel: 2 x 79 US gal (2 x 300 l)
Water: 2 x 79 US gal (2 x 300 l)
Price: € 459,600 ex-tax

TEST in MW155

Between the Elba 45 and the Saba 50, Fountaine Pajot positioned a 47-foot catamaran, the Saona 47. The silhouette is successful and the helm station as practical as it is comfortable. The 47 clearly benefits from the new standard of quality evident on board this latest generation and the creativity of Isabelle Racoupeau, in charge of interior design. The version we tried, with carbon mast, Dyneema rigging and membrane sails is particularly attractive... but even without these luxurious options, the Saona shows interesting speed potential. The seakeeping behavior felt safe: during our test, we took on a Mistral blowing at 50 knots and nothing broke!

Builder: Fountaine Pajot
Length: 45’9” (13.94 m)
Beam: 25’3” (7.70 m)
Light displacement: 32,407 lbs (14.7 t)
Draft: 3’11” (1.20 m)
Mainsail: 829 sq ft ...

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