Catamaran special: here’s what yards between 12 and 13 meters are offering


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Second installment of this column dedicated to the world of catamarans
we looked at the 11- to 12-meter range, with proposals from Excess, Lagoon, C-Cat, Fountaine Pajot, Bali and Nautitech.

Let’s go up a range and find out what the shipyards producing catamarans between 12 and 13 meters offer. Excess, Leopard, Catana, Fountaine Pajot, and Lagoon, but also Bali, Nautitech, and Neel’s particular trimaran proposal.

Leopard 42

(12.67 x 6.93 m)

The Leopard 42

The latest addition to the range of these catamarans is the Leopard 42, a cruising cat that has all the features to satisfy the needs of the modern yachtsman who is looking for a vessel that is extremely comfortable but also aesthetically pleasing.

The boat’s design revolves a lot around the panoramic cat deckhouse, which has now become a real must in cruising catamarans and which on the 42 is somewhat “extreme” to ensure maximum livability of the interior, for a dinette that almost looks like a veranda on the sea.

Lagoon 42

(12.80 x 7.70 m)

The Lagoon 42

Born from the pencil of French firm Van Peteghem-Lauriot Prévost (VPLP), the hull is made with infusion and injection molding, the hull is gull-wing, and the forestay gear, mooring anchor and bowsprit of Code 0 can be connected to the center keel. The cockpit, characterized by “soft” lines, is on one level from the rear platform to the saloon. A large window across the full width of the deckhouse allows a connection of interior volumes. The interiors are made in Italy, in fact they were designed by Nauta studio: two versions are available, with 3 or 4 double cabins.

Catamarans: CATANA /
Bali 4.2

(12.85 x 7.12 m)

The Bali 4.2

The 4.2 benefits from all the Catana Group’s latest ideas in space organization dedicated to the world of catamarans: the rigid forward cockpit with lounge area and sundeck, the aft connecting platform between the hulls with large bench and lockers, the swinging hatch between inside and outside, the sliding side windows, the door giving access to the forward cockpit, and finally the flybridge with panoramic lounging area accessible from both sides.

NEEL TRIMARANS/Neel43 (13.10 x 7.40 m)


Designed by Marc Lombard, this trimaran represents an original way into the world of cruising. The new 43-footer features the distinctive shape of the deckhouse, which with its starburst is one of Neel’s trademarks. With 102 square meters of sail area for 9 tons of claimed light displacement, the ratio of weight to sail area is definitely interesting.

Catamarans: EXCESS /
Excess 14

(13.34 x 7 m)

Excess 14
The Excess 14

This is the Excess novelty of 2022, with design by VPLP Design studio. The boom is low, almost “flush” with the canopy: as is the freeboard. This should ensure reduced aerodynamic drag. The hull features sleek lines and specially designed portholes in the broadside.Inside there is a large, brightly lit “skylounge” square (unburnished glass windows, a distinguishing feature of Excess) where the galley is housed to the left, and forward of the ladder down below deck is the folding chart table.

Leopard 45

(13.72 x 7.36 m)

Leopard 45

Designed by Simonis & Voogd Yacht Design and outfitted by the renowned Robertson and Caine Group, this catamaran from the South African brand stands out with an impressive fly bridge equipped with a large lounge area. Very distinctive is the continuous glazing of the deckhouse, which has a sinuous curve, while a sunbathing area has been created in the bow before the net.

The interior features very large spaces, partly due to the height of the freeboard, and well-finished furniture. A catamaran dedicated to comfortable cruising and long sailing.

Dufour Cat 44

(13.42 x 7.30 m)

The Dufour Cat 44

Dufour Catamarans’ new 44 is a boat that encapsulates all the trends of modern cruising cat. What is new is the design signature, entrusted to the young Studio Skyron, which also has experience in the world of racing and powerboats. The line has some sporty “goodies” such as bows with tapered, inverted volumes; from the comfort point of view, on the other hand, the large fly bridge with relaxation area and all maneuvers deferred to this raised level stand out. Various interior arrangements available.

Catamarans: FOUNTAINE PAJOT/Elba45 (13.45 x 7.55 m)

Elba 45

Available in two versions, Maestro, with a master cabin with private bath, two double cabins and two adjoining bathrooms, and Quatuor, with four double cabins and four adjoining bathrooms. a perfect catamaran for those seeking super-comfortable cruising, whether owner-style or dedicated to charter. Unmissable is the fly bridge with maneuvering and steering deferral, as well as equipped with a large sunbathing area.

CATANA/Bali4.4 (13.75 x 7.40 m)

Bali 4.4

The design of the hulls is renewed, with fine bows and elegant lines signed by Xavier Fäy and Samer Lasta. Designers worked to lower the boom so as to increase sail area for better performance and easier maneuvering. The shipyard points to the forward cockpit in place of the net not only for comfort but also to zero twist between the two hulls.




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