2×100 HP Yanmars
You know the expression “somebody’s always got a bigger boat”? Well, there’s not many catamarans that are bigger and faster than the Magic Cat, an iconic creation that was launched by Multiplast in the summer of ’96.
Multiplast are the famous French yard behind the racing catamarans ‘Orange 2’ and ‘Groupama 3’, two of the fastest cats on the planet. And when Spindrift goes for a service, she heads for Multiplast in Vannes, so this yard knows a thing or two about how to get a boat sliding through the water.
Magic Cat, a fast cruising maxi catamaran, was designed by Gilles Ollier and with one eye on Commodore Explorer, the 1st boat to win the Jules Verne Trophy with Bruno Peyron in 1993.
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Maxi Cat comes in at just over 82 feet (25m) and has a spreaderless carbon mast. She cruises at 10 knots, but is comfortable in the mid to high teens and even into the low 20s. On flat calm days, she’s powered by 2x 100 HP Yanmars
She was built using the same construction material, rigging design, mast mold and dagger boards as the racing catamatan. This is a boat that was built by a group of designers that demanded the highest quality and finish.
She was originally launched in Vannes in the summer ’96 following 15 months of design and construction. Gilles Ollier and a team of 25 colleagues were behind the development. The 2 brothers who commissioned the yacht were looking for top performance, and the finest quality build.
Her hulls are made from vacuum-pressed sandwich carbon, her mast in high modulus carbon, she has kevlar shrouds and she carries extensive titanium in place of of stainless steel. Her dagger boards, which give her excellent up-wind performance, were rare in the nineties when she launched. Magic Cat was a yacht ahead of her time.
Magic Cat’s DNA evolved from Commodore Explorer, the first boat to win the Jules Verne Trophy three years earlier in 1993, with Bruno Peyron. This is a cruising cat based on a racing platform. She had a thorough refit in 2009 and 2012 and has been meticulously maintained since.
You can charter her for €35k a week.
MAGIC CAT accommodates 8 guests in 4 cabins with 4 crew members.
The Master cabin has a queen size bed, shower and head.
3 Guest cabins have a queen size bed, shower and head.
She comes with air conditioning in the cabins.
Crew have a separate heads and shower.
On the toys front, you’ll be choosing from the following: tender, water skiing (adult / child), snorkelling equipment, scuba diving (pre-booking required), inflatable kayak.
The Entertainment system includes: Sanyo Home Cinema with Sony Hifi Surround System. The aft cabins are fitted with TVs. All guest cabins are equipped with HIFI / DVD / MP3 systems.