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Posted by on Oct 16, 2009 in Boat Reviews, Boat Show, UK, US |

New Catamarans Cruise into Annapolis

Take your pick: Lagoon 400, Sunsail 384, Leopard 38, Lipari 41

Last week, I saw several good-looking catamarans at the U.S. Sailboat Show, in Annapolis, Maryland, and I thought you’d like to see some of what I saw, so here goes. With a couple exceptions, they were all about 40 feet long, plus or minus a couple of feet.

The Sunsail 384 is a new Morelli & Melvin cat built in South Africa for sale into charter yacht management in bareboat fleets.
The Sunsail 384 is a new Morelli & Melvin cat built in South Africa for sale into charter yacht management in bareboat fleets.
I like this helm station, with all the sheet winches and clutches readily at hand. There's a mini bimini rolled up in the upper lefthand corner as well.
I like this helm station, with all the sheet winches and clutches readily at hand. There’s a mini bimini rolled up in the upper lefthand corner as well.
The Leopard 38, a private-owner sistership of the 384, features a beautiful private hull for the owner, with berth aft and head/shower forward.
Also built by Robertson and Caine, the Leopard 38, a private-owner sistership of the 384, features a beautiful private hull for the owner, with berth aft and head/shower forward.
Not sure I've done this before...taken the Leopard 38 owner's head photo from inside the shower looking aft.
Not sure I’ve done this before…taken the (Leopard 38 owner’s) head photo from inside the shower looking aft.
Do these hulls look high volume? They are! The Lagoon 400 has high freeboard and a shorter bridgedeck, which converts to more space below and faster miles at sea.
Do these hulls look high volume? They are! The Lagoon 400 has high freeboard and a shorter bridgedeck, which converts to more space below and faster miles at sea.
A detail I liked: This bit of saloon furniture houses AC and DC controls on two faces, then the top pops off for easy access to individual switches and all wiring.
A Lagoon 400 detail I like: This bit of saloon furniture houses AC and DC controls on two faces, then the top pops off for easy access to individual switches and all wiring.
Another Lagoon 400 detail I liked: How do you make an escape hatch easy and leak free. Seal it and put a hammer nearby. And there's another one outside if you ever need to get in!
Another Lagoon 400 detail I liked: How do you make an escape hatch easy and leak free? Seal it and put a hammer nearby. And there’s another one outside if you ever need to get in!
Fountaine-Pajot's new Lipari 41 includes F-P's great wrap-around styled saloon.
Fountaine-Pajot’s new Lipari 41 (actually 39 feet long) includes F-P’s great wrap-around styled saloon.
Here's another helm station with good visibility and access to controls, plus a built in tail bin.
The helm station on the Lipari has good visibility and access to controls, plus a built in tail bin.
The Lipari's cooktop is separte from the over in the corner of the saloon, with microwave in the cupboard above.
The Lipari’s cooktop is separate from the oven in the corner of the saloon, with microwave in the cupboard above.
Nick Harvey shows off the Lagoon 62, coming soon. After six years heading Lagoon USA, Nick has a new assignment within Groupe Beneteau in France, with Jeanneau, a monohull manufacturer!
Nick Harvey shows off the Lagoon 62, coming soon. After six years heading Lagoon USA, Nick has a new assignment within Groupe Beneteau in France, with Jeanneau, a monohull manufacturer!