The Catsmart, launched in 2023, is the baby of the Bali range at 38 feet. Although this is the smallest yacht in the range, it still feels big thanks to Bali’s innovative design (tilting aft door, no bulkheads in the saloon) and with twin aft helms, they have maximised the living space up top on this entry-level boat.
Those aft helms and the low boom give the Catsmart a sportier look than her sisters.
With a length of 11.79 m and a width of 6.46 m, the Catsmart stays true to the Bali DNA with features such as the solid forward cockpit, the huge open saloon/aft cockpit area and the Bali tilting door.
These yachts are available in several layouts including an owner’s version with two cabins and two bathrooms (one in each hull), and a charter version with four guest cabins with an option for two extra bow cabins in the forepeaks, either for the skipper or additional guests.
The Catsmart has a solid forward cockpit lounge area with sunbathing areas. Aft, a platform connects the two hulls with a long bench seat with storage lockers. The tilting door provides plenty of ventilation through the saloon and a large living and galley space for a 38-footer. The fridge is more comparable to the competition on this boat: 137 litres of storage space with a 103-litre freezer.
And there is a chart table and seat ergonomically integrated into the bench.
Thanks to a wider sail plan and a low, accessible boom, the Bali Catsmart is an easy-to-handle boat that is fun to sail. The two helm stations, aft on port and starboard, mean that manoeuvring in the marina is easy. Reverse into your dock and throw the lines yourself. You’ll be sailing upwind or downwind as close to the sea as possible.
She sails well, too. on a beam reach with 16 knots blowing in a calm sea, you’ll see speeds in the double figures. You can choose s sail plan with a self-tacking solent or an overlapping genoa if you would like more power up front. And there is an option for a bowsprit to fly a Code 0 or gennaker off the front of the boat.
There is so much living space for a 38-footer, the Catsmart is the roomiest boat in her class
Layout options include everything from 2 owner’s hulls to 4 cabins plus 2 in the forepeaks
The boom is low and very accessible compared to other Balis
This keeps the centre of effort on the main low
This boat has a traveler
There is an option for a self-tacking solent or an overlapping genoa (we’d go with the latter).
Sails well, especially with the bowsprit option for a Code 0.
Not everyone will like the aft helm position. There is less protection from the elements back here.
The bridgedeck clearance aft looks low
The chain locker is on the bow with all the weight forward.
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