Best Midsize Multihull Under 50 Feet: Catana 42 Carbon

“I found the steering, the hardware and the metalwork all to be excellent. The target demographic here is ‘real’ sailors. And this boat sails very well,” says Boat of the Year judge Mark Schrader of the Catana 42 Carbon.

Catana 42 Carbon

Billy Black

Every year, it seems, sailors have an ever-increasing number of cruising catamarans from which to choose. The model year 2014 is no different. Our judging panel deliberated long and hard over this category, but when the votes were tallied, the Catana 42 Carbon earned their nod as the year's Best Midsize Multihull Under 50 Feet.

“I was very pleased with the way this boat sailed,” said Ed Sherman. “It’s got a different helm situation than virtually all of the other multihulls that we tested, in that they’re located well aft and outboard. I found it to be a comfortable location. And it’s allowed them to do some interesting things with the way the canopy over the cockpit area is set up. It’s elevated and has an opening with a view forward. Add that to the panoramic view from either wheel, to port or starboard, and you have very good visibility.”

“The helms are kind of a controversial feature,” said Tim Murphy. “Some sailors love them. They address an issue many cats have; historically, the helm was often on the bulkhead with a bimini over it and you couldn’t see the sail plan. Catana has solved this by getting you outboard. You’re in the elements, but you can really see how your sails are set. It’s a sailor’s choice there, but I like it.

“The company has also evolved with their construction techniques, and are building boats using the SCRIMP process,” Murphy added. “They’re putting carbon into the structural components of the hull, which is also relatively new. And they’re using foam-cored furniture. So they’re really paying attention to weight throughout this boat.”

“Long term, I think that the SCRIMP hull construction technique is going to enhance the value of the boat,” concluded Sherman. “And that’s important.”

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