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Salina 48: A big boat for ocean cruising.

Published on 01 january 2008 at 16h09

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Fountaine Pajot is finishing the renewal of its range, initiated with the Lavezzi 40, with the arrival of the Salina 48; this boat marks a clear development in the company’s tradition.  

 

Whilst its direct competitor was imposing its vision of the cruising catamaran, by elevating liveable volume to the status of a genuine architectural ideology, thus taking a few market shares, the Aigrefeuille-based company was obliged to react: the Bahia and Belize were certainly very seaworthy boats, but with however clearly less volume than a Lagoon (not to mention them by name) of the same size, but of a new generation. With the arrival of the Salina, Fountaine Pajot is back in the race for large volumes. “It took two years to perfect this boat,” Hélène de Fontainieu, communications manager for the La Rochelle company told us. So, is the Salina a successor to the Bahia?  “They shouldn’t be compared,” Hélène continued, “moreover, the two boats coexisted for a year in the company’s catalogue.”
The design was entrusted to the Berret-Racoupeau office, which is used to Fountaine’s big boats, as they designed notably the Marquises 56 and more recently, the Eleuthera 60, not forgetting the Galathéa 65, the builder’s ‘flagship’, as they like to call it. 

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