Bred to mix fast sailing with outdoor living, the Moxie M37 Island Hopper expresses the approach its designer and builder, Uwe Jaspersen, brings to catamarans. It achieves its first objective with a flexible sail plan, which Jaspersen eagerly demonstrated on our test sail by setting and dousing in rapid succession the hank-on self-tacking jib, the furling screecher, and the sock-set asymmetric spinnaker. The flat-top mainsail has two reef points. One is at a normal, first-reef height, and the second is halfway up the luff, for getting home in a "blow," which in the boat's home waters around Cape Town, South Africa, occurs regularly.
The M37's command cockpit is at the confluence of the sailing action, at the base of the mast and forward of the saloon. From this central location, one person can handle all the sheets, halyards, traveler tag lines, and the controls for the rotating carbon-fiber mast and the daggerboards.
An arched, rigid, carbon-fiber bimini-type roof shades the cockpit area and extends aft to cover the "saloon," which is copiously conditioned with fresh air. A large table on centerline encloses a 42-gallon, heavily insulated icebox and is flanked by banquettes whose backs fold down, creating a pair of double berths for outdoor sleeping.
Enclosed accommodations consist of a galley aft in the starboard hull, a low nav desk cum office aft in the port hull, and a queen-size berth amidships in each.
A pair of Lombardini diesel engines provide auxiliary power through saildrives.
The M37 offers a style of sailing and living rarely found in production catamarans.