Arawak | 1997 Joubert-Nivelt 52

Simpson Bay, SX

Arawak | Joubert-Nivelt 52 52ft

US $189,000

Simpson Bay, SX


Alexis de Boucaud

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This spectacular Joubert Nivelt 52 catamaran is a proven day charter cat that has established itself as a high-end, sport excursion in the Leeward Islands. She was originally built for the Route du Rhum singlehanded transatlantic race. More recently, she has illustrated herself in the local regattas (Heineken Regatta, Voiles de St. Barthelemy, Caribbean Multihull Challenge, Caribbean 600). She is the boat that always seems to get through the demanding tradewind courses intact. Everything on this light (10,000 lbs), sporty cat is optimized for performance, yet she is sturdy and robust. She sails in the mid to high teens easily and tops 20 kts in the right conditions. Check out the video attached to get a sense of her speed.

She is run by passionate, professional sailors who know the best equipment, the best materials and perform the maintenance to keep her running at a high level. This high performance cat sails year round. It is not idle in a marina waiting for the next equipment failure; it is continually perfected.And she has paid her way doing day charters.

If you are looking to run a high-end charter business and continue the racing tradition, this is a cat to consider. It is fast, tough and sturdy.


  • Length: 52ft
  • Beam: 28' 0"
  • Draft: 6' 0"
  • Year: 1997
  • Hull: Fiberglass
  • Speed: 10
  • Status: Active

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  • Length Overall: 52 ft
  • Max Draft: 6' 0"
  • Beam Measure: 28' 0"


  • Total Power: 60
  • Engine Brand: Yanmar
  • Engine Model: 3YM
  • Engine Type: Inboard
  • Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Engine Hours: 830
  • Engine Power: 30 hp

  • Total Power: 60
  • Engine Brand: Yanmar
  • Engine Model: 3YM
  • Engine Type: Inboard
  • Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Engine Hours: 835
  • Engine Power: 30 hp


  • Fresh Water Tanks: 1 (100 Gallons)
  • Fuel Tanks: 2 (100 Gallons)


  • Number of cabins: 2
  • Number of heads: 1

Yacht Specifications

  • Brand: Custom Built Joubert-Nivelt design
  • Model: Catamaran 52 feet
  • Designer: Joubert-Nivelt
  • Year: 1997
  • Hull material: GRP & Kevlar
  • LOA: 52 feet
  • Beam: 28 feet
  • Draft: 4ft dagger-boards up/ 6ft dagger-boards down.
  • Displacement: 5 tons (10,000 pounds)
  • Bridge deck clearance: 4 feet main beam

Hull and Deck

  • Arniston winches – 3 x 42ST, 4 x 46ST, 3 x 52ST
  • Danforth aluminum primary anchor (chain -50ft braid with 25 ft 5/8 s/s chain)
  • Danforth aluminum secondary anchor (chain – three strand braid w/ 15ft s/s chain)
  • Trampoline: knotless Dyneema, 2014
  • (2) Escape hatches, Goiot
  • 6 x inflatable fenders, 60cm x 150cm

Sails and Rigging

  • Mainsail -Ullman Fiberpath, 79m2, 2021 + Ullman Fiberpath, 79m2, 2014
  • Jib -Ullman Fiberpath 32m2, 2022
  • Screecher -Ulmann, 120m2, 2015
  • Aluminium mast, single spreader fixed. 60ft
  • Aluminium bowsprit, 6ft
  • Traveler -Antal track, Harken
  • Standing rigging -Cap shrouds 16mm Dyneema, 2014; Lower shrouds 14mm Dyneema, 2014;Forestay is rod rigging, 2014
  • Running rigging -Gleistein ropes Megatwin, 2007; Dyneema core with polyester jacket; Various from new to 8 years old
  • Sunbrella stack pack with Dyneema lazy jacks
  • Antal slides with felt inserts

Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing

  • Twin Yanmar 3YM 30hp engines
  • SD20 saildrives
  • Flexofold folding propellers x 2 + 1 fixed bladed propeller
  • Cruising speed: 8 kts under power, max speed 10kts
  • 50W Solar panel
  • 2 x 40W Alternators
  • Jabsco manual pump toilet

Electronics and Navigation

  • Raymarine Chart plotter A65
  • Raymarine Depth sounder
  • (2)Raymarine i60 wind speed displays
  • Garmin VHF 210 AIS
  • Analog gauges for battery monitor system
  • Plastimo compass

Safety Equipment

  • Plastimo coastal life raft, 2 x 8 pax 2019
  • 6 x Rocket flares, 2 x Orange smoke, 4 x red handheld
  • 16 x Adult bright orange lifejackets
  • 1 x Lifering with line, throw rope and upside down light
  • Ditch bag includes:First aid kit, flares, bungs, blankings
  • Basic first aid kit
  • ACR EPIRB, 2019
  • 6 x Rulemate electric bilge pumps, 1100
  • 1 x Movable manual bilge pump
  • Basic tool kit
  • Fog horn canister

Service and Refit History

This vessel underwent a major refit in 2014, including but not limited to:

  • New rig
  • New topside paint
  • New trampoline
  • New engines
  • New electric system and wiring
  • New running rigging
  • New sails

The boat has been hauled annually for sanding and repainting of anti-foul with PETIT VIVID white. Minimum 3.5 layers. A professional crew has maintained the vessel since its relaunch in 2014. New sails from 2021 and 2022.

Sailing History

Built in 1997 by Quentin Pascal. Sailed in the Route du Rhum of 2008. Has been run as a day charter/racer for the last 9 years.

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.


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