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Gérard Danson’s fertile mind continues to mark catamaran development with its originality and inspiration; this discreet, talented architect’s designs attract praise from both his peers and enlightened amateurs – quite an achievement! The charismatic boss of the Grande-Motte based yard was a tireless amateur who prepared his team for today’s changes in technology; a creative designer who mapped out the future and left his mark on the next successful models to come from the Atelier Outremer: the 60 and the 42. Respect, and welcome aboard!

The 42’ in the Outremer family.

The Outremer saga began with the 40’, whose simple, effective and original matrix contained the fundamentals of all the future ‘Danson’ catamarans. The 38, then the 38 – 43’ and 40 – 43’ developments integrated the inboard engines, solar panels and other ‘essential’ ocean cruising equipment, the list of which grows longer every year. These catamarans, with their characteristic features and sensitivity to excess weight are today aimed at purist fans of narrow hulls and that emblem of the light displacement boat, the tiller! The rest were left to imagine the successor! Its silhouette, its performance and its character would be 100% Outremer, but the 42’ would be more tolerant to loads, have more volume and its tooling would be suited to ‘infusion’ technology. As a preview to the Paris Boat Show, we were able to sail aboard n°3 of the series.

Test Outremer 42

With its high nacelle, fluid superstructure and streamlined rig, the 42 asserts its ‘comfortable and determined’ personality!

Design and architecture

In 1985, Ville Audrain imposed its 42’on the Grand Pavois and its size surprised the public; twenty years later, ORANGE II surfs at 40 knots… but a 42-...

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