Dreamt up by by Olivier Poncin and designed by Naval Architects Lasta Design, the BALI Catspace Sail continues the innovative design that this French manufacturer (part of the Catana Group) has become so famous for in recent years. This catamaran brand has become one of the most successful models in the Cruising Catamaran market. The company has also launched the Catana Ocean Class which competes in the performance segment of the market.
This is the smallest catamaran in the Bali range: a 12m, 40 footer boat. She has a high bridgedeck to minimise slamming (a Catana trick). A solid deck gives the boat rigidity and the hulls have been sculpted to slip through the water efficiently for a cruising catamaran.
All of the bulkheads are laminated to the hull. Construction of the core of the boat is with Divinycell Foam (closed cell foam).
You would normally expect flybridges on larger yachts (read our Lagoon 55 review for example), but that has never stopped Bali from going down this design route.
The flybridge opens up the space on the main deck with that famous tilting door, and the forward cabins have been arranged athwartships using the space in the nacelle like a Privilege. There are options for 2 cabins up front, or an owner’s suite with a huge bathroom.
This is a 40 foot boat, but it feels like a 45 footer through clever design. There’s more room on a Moon Yacht 60 of course, but for this boat length the living space is impressive.
The integral deck opens right up: the whole area is connected from the aft platform with its bench seat to the galley and nav station. Up front is the forward cockpit with a lounge and sunbathing area and up top is the flybridge with the helm and an additional lounging area.
The tilting door system converts the connected open space to a fully protected area in a few seconds if the weather turns nasty, and sliding side windows and a tilting front window help make the Catspace light and airy.
Much of the talk around a Bali involves the fridge and the Catspace is no exception with a a 265-liter (9.36 cu ft) American stylefridge/
freezer, plus a forward-facing chart table and navigation station.
The Catspace is available as a 3- or 4-cabin version. The forward cabins can be fitted with an additional folding bunk. In the owner’s version (3 cabin), the Bali Catspace Sail comes with a sofa, a desk/dressing table, a dressing room and a large en-suite bathroom.