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The best solution for a real sail lovers. Spacious, fast and easy to steer catamaran to have a dream sailing adventures in Balearic Islands.
Design, Deck & Rigging
The Catana 431 was the baby of the family, much like the 42 is today. The hulls are asymmetric and canted outwards, and the bows are bulbed and tulip-shaped to increase buoyancy and reduce pitching and the risk of burying a hull. The daggerboards extend down for 7’2” draft and help considerably with windward performance. Downwind, Catana advises them to be raised in heavy seas, allowing the boat to slide along the waves rather than tripping on the underwater appendages.
Catana has built a reputation for using very high quality materials in the production of their offshore boats, putting an emphasis on both the quality of construction and sailing performance. The sandwich construction incorporates Twaron, a fiber that is 10 times more resistant to puncturing than classic fiberglass—at half its density. The weight savings and the stiffness provided in this construction are the basis of Catana’s reputable performance. Added rigidity comes from 21 structural bulkheads reinforced with carbon fiber and molded into one piece. The reinforced hull bottoms even let them be beached. The builder claims that the nine waterproof bulkheads create crash zones, making the boat unsinkable.
Catana continues its weight-saving measures by providing a carbon fiber mast (standard) and using all foam cored furniture, balsa cored soles, and a light mahogany veneer (rather than solid wood) in the interior. Weight considerations are extremely important on a catamaran so that you don’t “make a dog out of a cat” in terms of performance and safety.
The fully-battened main (standard) drops into a zippered bag integrated into the boom (standard), the genoa is on a Profurl roller furler and the chute is an asymmetrical in a sock (standard) that two people can manage with ease. With the exception of the chute, there is no real need to ever go to the foot of the mast to handle the sails in any kind of weather.
All lines are led aft, mostly below the deck so as to not create a tripping hazard, and you can raise, lower and reef the main standing by the electric winch in the center of the cockpit. There’s even a box built into the aft beam bulkhead to stow all the lines out of sight and out of the way.
The layout is very open between the cockpit and saloon and the interior is light and airy due to the large windows. The fold-out galley table seats eight comfortably and the nav station is forward facing, taking advantage of the excellent visibility provided by the ample windows. If I have any complaints in the saloon, it would be the nav station seat where my feet dangled just above the sole but I had no back support to gain any leverage and steady myself in rough seas.
The galley-up layout in the Catana 431 keeps the cook in the social action and makes for a type of great room feel. The owner’s hull is to starboard with a large head and a separate shower forward, a desk amidships, and a large, comfortable queen aft with good clothing and book stowage. The port hull has two cabins and a shared head amidships. The bunk in the aft cabin can be separated into two singles.
Some people don’t like the herky-jerky movement of catamarans but I think it takes little time to get used to it and you do not have to compensate for the boat’s heeling angle. It’s nice that in this world of high-end luxury cat cruising, the fatigue factor is low, leaving you to use your stomach muscles for laughing rather than staying upright.
Размещение и Экипаж
3 doubles + pullman
Крейсерская скорость, kn
Максимальная скорость, kn
2 VOLVO inboard 40HP Diesel
MASE 2.5 KVA
700 Литры 184 Галлоны US 153 Галлоны UK
Запас пресной воды
800 Литры 211 Галлоны US 175 Галлоны UK
Надувной спасательный плот
Холодный и горячий душ на кокпите
Предметы первой необходимости
Колонки на кокпите