Quick Look: Fusion 40 USA

Cruising World 2008 New Boat Showcase

Australia-based Fusion Catamarans has opened a production facility in Sarasota, Florida, where it is currently building the Fusion 40 USA to individual customer order. This Gary Lidgard design shows a profile of gentle curves capped by a rigid cockpit roof that flows in all dimensions from the saloon. More curves direct the transom steps to permit boarding from inboard of the hulls rather than over the sterns. A relatively short forward bridgedeck connected to the bow crossbar by a catwalk supports the designer's claim that this cat is built to deliver performance. The self-tacking jib suggests you won't have to work hard to obtain it.

The interior plans show a master suite to port and in the starboard hull a queen suite forward and a study aft. The saloon has a 360-degree view and opening windows to create cross ventilation. The builder can make modifications "to reflect the needs and tastes" of each client.

Fusion 40 USA Specs

LOA: 40' 0"
LWL: 39' 4"
Beam: 23' 4"
Draft: 3' 6"
Sail Area: 790 sq. ft
Displacement: 9,095 lbs
Water: 177 gal
Fuel: 212 gal
Engines: 2x Yanmar 30 hp
Designer: Gary Lidgard
Fusion Catamarans USA
941-374-3742
www.fusioncats.com