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BALI 4.1: A smart, evolving catamaran.

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Two years after its successful launch and with 140 boats sold, the Bali 4.0 has transformed into version 4.1 (version 4.0 is still available). This innovative catamaran is taking a leap forward in interior design. The perceived quality is also progressing, but it’s the distribution of volume that is really evolving toward improving the quality of life on board. We took advantage of the launch of the first model to rediscover this very resourceful multihull.

An inspired design showing off innovative architecture

Viewed from ahead, the profile is neat, with attractive lines. The shape of the windshield is skillful, the upper edge clearly stands out, and extends forward with a protective “eyelid” to give a signature look to the Bali 4.1’s coachroof. This identifying feature is a success. The visual perception of the after end of the boat and the cubic form of the deck saloon is harsher, but it is functional. At the waterline, the bows are fine-entry, overhung with a nice deflecting step which creates volume and attenuates the uprightness of the freeboard. The topsides are skillfully underlined by a ridge below the deck edge, and a longitudinal recess integrates the portholes and characterizes the style. The top of the bow is subtly broken by a short inverted edge. The big accomplishment here lies in the deft design of the ski-shape, forward, and the tunnel-effect which this generates. Experience gained from the different Balis has shown any concerns initially raised over this bold option to be invalid: a recent transat from Cape Verde to the Caribbean by a Bali 4.5 at an average of 8.96 kts over 2,475 miles confirms the dynamic quali...

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