Quick Look: Prout P45s

Bill Springer reviews this modern cat for the 2010 Cruising World Sailboat Show in our January 2010 issue

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Prout Catamarans have been around in various forms since the days when "cruising catamaran" was a new idea. Obviously, cats are much more mainstream now, and there's nothing old-fashioned about the latest incarnation of the Prout brand, the P45s. After being out of business for several years, Prout has new ownership, and the P45s is a modern cat that's designed for cruising and offshore passagemaking. The bridgedeck saloon's large wraparound windows result in a sun-splashed interior and a somewhat racy look. The interior woodwork is more classic than radical, and the accommodations plan is laid out to provide four private cabins and lots of elbowroom in the saloon. There's ample space for lounging on deck forward, and the wide aft deck that's unencumbered by an intrusive traveler-it's mounted on the cockpit roof-is welcoming. The cockpit is large, and the boat's narrow hulls and sufficiently powerful sail plan should result in some quick offshore passages.

Specs

LOA 45" 0"
LWL 40" 10"
Beam 23' 0"
Draft 4' 0"
Sail Area 1,188 sq. ft.
Displacement 22,000 lb.
Water 185 gal.
Fuel 80 gal.
Engine Two 38-hp.
Nanni diesels
Designer Prout Design Group
Price $575,000
Prout Catamarans
(954) 356-7900
www.proutinternational.com