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Outremer 52 - The quintessential offshore catamaran?

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It’s tricky to replace a best-seller... the catamaran we’re on about here is the Outremer 51, built in 100 examples. Its replacement, announced back in September, is the 52. This new model, presented as a preview – and at home, too - during the International Multihull Show, should do even better, as we felt it to be seductive and accomplished.
Test location: La Grande-Motte (France)
Conditions: Northwesterly 15 to 20 knots, sea state slight

Even though the Outremer 5X is imminently retiring as we conduct this test, we can see that the core Outremer Yachting range has shifted some 10 feet (increasing, of course!). In the early 2000s, the previous generation Outremer 45 was considered the ideal round-the-world multihull, while the 55 was considered a rare and exclusive deep-sea bird. Today, the 51 has taken the prize for the most popular Outremer and its replacement is eagerly awaited... Changing times? Don’t be so sure: “The initial status of customer demand remains close in its philosophy,” notes Matthieu Rougevin-Baville, Outremer Yachting’s sales director. What do future circumnavigators interested in the brand expect, anyway? Most often, they want to sail with their families, quickly and safely. They also hope to avoid technical problems, which are always possible both at sea and in port. “Offering even more comfort without impacting the intrinsic and essential qualities of an Outremer is the challenge we have tried to meet,” adds Matthieu. The extremely demanding and precise specifications involved close c...

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