NAUTITECH 44 OPEN - A quiet launch for a much-awaited catamaran

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Although the manufacturer has abandoned the charter market, revised its production objectives downward, to 50 catamarans per year instead of 80, and set up a single production line for its five models, the launch of the Nautitech 44 brought together a panel of a dozen owners and dealers to define the specifications for this new catamaran, that was then developed in the form of three digital models, which were tested using virtual reality. This was unprecedented for such a design, which nevertheless, remains faithful to Marc Lombard (who has already designed all the other Nautitech models) and to the manufacturer's DNA – a short nacelle, open saloon/cockpit concept, twin helm stations set out on the hulls (these now being protected by a small bimini, as on board the Excess range). For the interior, Christophe Chedal-Anglay - who previously worked for Gunboat - was responsible for the design. Note there’s a huge, forward-facing chart table and the option of a smart room, a laundry room/workshop that will be appreciated by those going cruising long-term. The christening ceremony for hull #1 took place on Monday, December 13th, at Rochefort, on the Charente River, on France’s Atlantic coast, all in relative secrecy - only the press and local officials were present - but here is a shot of the Nautitech 44, and she’s looking good!

Builder: Nautitech Catamarans
Architect: Marc Lombard
Overall length: 43'8” (13.30 m)
Beam: 24'2” (7.36 m)
Draft: 4’9” (1.45 m)
Displacement: 23,590 lbs (10.7 t)
Sail area: 1,142 sq ft (106.1 m²)
Engines: 2 x 30 HP
Fuel: 2 x 66 US gal (2 x 250 l)
Fresh water: 2 x 79 US gal (2 x 300 l)
CE Certification: A10 - B10 - C22 - D22 

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