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Bali Catspace - Great fun cruising!

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For a “standard” boat test, we’re rarely able to stay even a full day on board. Sometimes, depending on the opportunities for a delivery trip, we can manage to sail for a few days. Up until now, only charter companies have allowed us to carry out week-long sea trials. This time, one of the manufacturers - Bali Catamarans - played the game. The result was 400 nautical miles of cruising (sailed at a fairly unhurried pace, it is true) in the western Mediterranean aboard the Catspace.

Total distance: around 400 nm
Wind experienced under way: 0 to 21 knots
Sea state: Calm to moderate

Our XXL-sized adventure wasn’t due to have appeared in this issue of the magazine, but rather in our forthcoming Power Special Edition #17. It was indeed a Bali Catspace Power that we were due to be trying out for a week, but what happened was that a propeller problem deprived us of the powercat, whereupon the yard offered us the same model, but in the sailing version. The crew was already assembled, so remained unchanged. There were seven of us - five adults and two kids, aged 6 and 10. The model we were given was an owner’s version, which features three double cabins. The forecabin on the starboard side has a large bed installed athwartships and an additional single berth, against the topsides. And of course, there are still the large benches in the saloon/cockpit. The date was set for the second week of August. Officially, the shipyard is closed for their annual vacation, but fortunately there are still a few good souls left to deal with customers and the handover of our catamaran - because embarking for our week-long cruise aboard a multihull in the midd...

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