Sold as Catalac 12M or Catalac 41
The build quality is outstanding. It should be noted that a 12M Catalac 41 survived the worst storm on record in the Pacific (Queen's Birthday Storm), at ground zero, without losing it's mast or any of her crew receiving injuries. What makes this important, is two other catamarans were damaged in the same storm, and every monohull in the area was rolled and dismasted with loss of life.
These boats have the reputation of being a very well built, seaworthy boat and have been called the best live aboard cruising catamaran ever made.
These boats have another great feature common to all Catalacs which are the cabin windows. They actually open. The first position is 1/2 open which allows airflow in rain storms without allowing water in the boat. The 2nd position is completely removed, and window screens can be fitted into the window openings.
This is a perfect example of the thought that went into the cabin design. Airflow remains constant leaving the cabin comfortable in tropical climates. All windows in a Catalac are tempered glass and look as good today as the day they were installed 25 years ago. Yes, this is a rare and rather expensive feature when compared to the plastic windows in most cruising catamarans, yet it's entirely worth it as it's another reason why these boats seem to age gracefully.
12M Catalac 41 sailing characteristics
Despite the designed-in safety features the Catalac is by no means a slouch. She will sail easily to 40 degrees off the wind at a steady speed of 7-8 knots in an 18 knot breeze and in stronger conditions can easily maintain a speed of 9-10 knots. Off wind the performance is not bettered, but sail in the Catalac in a 30-40 knot wind, stand upright in the cockpit, walk around comfortably throughout the cabins, make yourself a cup of coffee in the galley, and then look over your shoulder to that similar sized monohull, with stanchions and windows awash, wallowing from side to side, preparing herself for a wild broach or heeling at 35 degrees, their crew harnessed to any available strong point, with an occasional bucket of water being thrown down their necks. You will compliment yourself on your choice of an extremely comfortable, safe, seagoing sailing yacht, your 12M Catalac 41.
Headsail reefing by ROTOSTAY
Passage making in a 12M Catalac 41 is an exhilarating experience. If the wind pipes up too much, then jib furling gear quickly rolls the headsail around the forestay to shorten sail. And with the benefit of slab reefing on the main, sail handling could not be easier. Instead of heeling and bucking its way through a heavy sea, the Catalac remains a stable platform for all who sail. Even children who may be bored by long passages can play happily and safely below deck, or in the spacious cockpit.
A 12M Catalac 41 will glide you safely and at speed out-performing cruiser/racer monohulls of a similar size. These boats won their class in ARC Atlantic crossing competition several times. So you arrive, whatever your destination, quickly as well as in style and comfort.
Cruising in comfort
|Production started 1983: 27 manufactured: 14 located America.|
|Design Intent||Circumnavigation (some have
circumnavigated) The Catalac 12M
is considered by many to be one of the best live aboards ever built.
|Current Price Range USD:||$110,000 to $175,000|
|Length Overall:||40'10" ft (12 meters)|
|LWL:||36' (estimate: info is not provided in brochure)|
|Headroom||6'5" (hulls) 6' 1" bridge deck|
|Displacement:||18,500 lbs dry|
|Mast Height:||48' Above water|
|Sail Area:||Main: 336 sq ft, with two rows of slab reefing; Genoa 410 sq ft (auto Furling); Jib 349 sq ft; (auto Furling)|
|Aux Power Options:||2xYanmar 3HM35 diesel coupled to propeller shafts.|
|Steering:||2 Hydraulic steering stations, cockpit and Salon|
|Fresh Water:||155 gal (American)|
|Fuel:||40 gallons (American)|
|Accommodations:||Factory made some semi-custom interiors|
|1 Plan Offered:||1-double cabin forward starboard hull|
|1-double cabin forward port hull|
|1-single cabin mid port hull|
|1-double cabin mid starboard hull|
|1-head located mid port hull|
|1-head located mid starboard hull|
"Leeway" from Spearfish South Dakota
In October of 2005 Hurricane Wilma struck near Jupiter, FL with
125 mph winds. Jupiter is about 80 miles south of Melbourne, FL.
Although we escaped the full fury of this storm, Melbourne, FL received
more than a glancing blow. There was a Catalac 41 moored in a sheltered
mooring field in Melbourne. As the winds increased to around 85
mph, she broke her mooring line. Cast adrift, the storm winds drove
her upon a rocky causeway. For hours on end that boat was pounded
on the large rocks on the north side of the causeway. The crew was
not onboard, and there was absolutely nothing that could be done.
I heard about this boat on a local radio station, so... as the hurricane
moved across Florida, and the winds abated, I grabbed my camera
and headed for that boat. The Catalac 41 survived but with serious
damage to her port hull. She was salvaged and there was an attempt at repair and refit. Unfortunately, the
refit was botched. The inexperience of those responsible for the refit left this boat an abandoned wreck.
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