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The Nautitech 40 is a compact catamaran which will give you a lot for your money. And its performance under sail, whilst not that of a racer, is a (very) nice surprise. Anatomy of a great classic.

A simple head-on glance is enough: the Nautitech 40 doesn’t prioritize volume. Its hulls, designed by Mortain/Mavrikios, are even rather slim. Vertical bows, high freeboard, they are modern, yet...they will soon be 20 years old! Because the 40’s story begins in the middle of the 90s: Dufour launched a range of catamarans called Nautitech. Bruno Voisard, the boss of the company, which has become an independent builder, remembers that the specification required four cabins for charter, of course, but also that “the catamaran must not capsize in 30 knots, under full sail.” The charter companies, even though they were offering idyllic destinations with plenty of sunshine, were actually having to cope with some specific local weather conditions: the Bora, as sudden as it is violent, in Croatia, strong venturi effects between the West Indian islands ... In short, going from 10 to 30 knots of wind in a few boat lengths is not just a theoretical point of view, it happens, and could cause problems for a very powerful catamaran whose crew is not paying attention... This explains the relatively modest sail area, compared to its competitors at the time. The Nautitech 395’s sail area/weight ...

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