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CATANA 50': “(Re)conquering the west”

Published on 01 august 2007 at 0h00

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After briefly taking in a reef in 2004, the builder with the effigy of the Japanese sabre (the katana is the samurai’s emblematic weapon) has regained its fighting spirit and is once again feeding a prestigious image; the range seems to be grouped around the 50’ model, between the 43’ and the future luxurious 65’. The brand’s customers continue creating the legend behind Bruno Nicoletti (twice around the world via the southern latitudes, with a 44’ and a 470) by visiting Antarctica (DOUBLE MAGIC, a 431') and Patagonia (WILDLIFE, a 47'), we have even heard talk of a Catana custom (nearly 90’ long!) in the North-West Passage.

Participatory specifications

During the development of the overall project, a survey of the brand’s owners allowed numerous opinions, suggestions and feedback to be gathered. From this basket compiled by the in-house masterminds (architect, research and development, marketing), came a synthesis which was representative of Catana’s values, enriched with the new trends: an up-market description making the first models appear Spartan.

Test Catana 50

Very beautiful lines for the latest from Catana.

A Sybarite’s boat

The ambition of producing an owner’s catamaran offering the services of a small yacht, whilst pleasing everybody and remaining anchored in the builder’s philosophy, is clearly displayed. Analysis of the standard inventory evokes the old upgrade version 2s (472-582). The idea of a multihull to live aboard at all latitudes - strong, seaworthy, with a long range and capable of motoring or sailing in (almost) any weather - seems to be the pivot of the 50’ project. To achieve this aim, excellence must be the target in all aspects; I invite you on a detailed visit.

Test Catana 50

During our test, the conditions were rough: a real pleasure!

A modern catamaran rig

The 21.5m carbon tube...

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