10 Affordable Cruising Catamarans
Looking for a used cruising cat for a sailing sabbatical? Check out this list of contenders.
1 – Fountaine pajot orana 44
Fountaine Pajot had the misfortune of tooling up this boat just before the global financial crisis, so not that many of them were built between 2007 and 2012. But these were the first of the larger-space charter cats in this size, but not yet so porky that they still could not sail decently. In the three-cabin owner’s version, they designed the living space very nicely; even in the four-cabin version, the aft starboard bed was very well-done.
During this period, Fountaine Pajot had problems with the resin it was using, which led to blistering on the hulls and undersides. Affected models therefore had new bottoms done at approved shipyards throughout the world. Make sure the one you are considering had this done or that it doesn’t show evidence of significant blistering. Honestly it is only cosmetic, but it will impact resale if not repaired. Many consumers think blisters are the end of the world; frankly, they are not.
2. Catana 431
3. Lagoon 470
4. Privilège 435
5. leopard 46
6. st. francis 44/knysna 440
7. lagoon 440
8. leopard 40
9. manta 42
10. lagoon 410
Phil Berman is the president of the Multihull Company and the founder of Balance Catamarans. He has managed the sale of more than 900 catamarans.