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New Windelo 50

The Windelo 50 has recently been upgraded with a fresher, sleeker look and a further upgrade of sustainable energy.

The first of the new catamarans, a 50 Yachting, splashed in July 2023 and will be making an appearance at the Cannes Yachting Festival in September 2023. are joining the Windelo team on their delivery trip from the Windelo Base in Canet-en-Rousillion near Perpignan, capital of the capital of Pyrénées-Orientales region, to the Côte d’Azur. We can’t wait to see the new design in action firsthand!

The New Windelo 50 has had a substantial design upgrade thanks to a team effort from her naval architects (Christophe Barreau and Frederic Newman), designer (Charlotte Schiffer), and the Windelo engineering office.

The new design represents a move upmarket, with upgrades to the decks, superstructure, and roof and a reworking of the layout.

Full Windelo 50 feature.

Even More Solar

The New Windelo 50 design accommodates even more solar on a longer roof without compromising on weight thanks to the simplified composite assembly manufacturing process. And this ECO yacht now boasts a racy, stylish look.

The aft deck has been enlarged to provide a more comfortable living space, even better protected from the sun and weather.

The New Windelo 50 Yachting can now accommodate up to 5,680 W solar panels for even greater autonomy and zero emissions while motoring on her electric engines.

Launching at Cannes Yachting Festival

The Windelo team will be presenting the New Windelo 50 Yachting at the Cannes Yachting Festival from September 12 to 17. We’ll be closely covering the show and the trip to Cannes on the Katamarans network, so stay tuned for more information from the passage!

Key Features

  • The Windelo 50 is manufactured from an innovative environmentally-friendly composite sandwich consisting of Basalt fiber and PET foam from recycled plastic bottles, reducing the boat’s carbon footprint by 47%.
  • Two electric motors, 5,680 W solar panels, and a hydro-generation system that recharges the battery bank every day provide up to 4 hours of autonomy using solely green energies when motoring at 6 knots.
  • A forward cockpit at the foot of the mast centralises all catamaran manoeuvres. The new cockpit can be completely closed, so you can sail close to the action, protected from the elements, whatever the weather.
    A nacelle offering incredible interior/exterior modularity allows you to make the most of your surroundings and enjoy XXL space, whatever the weather. You can transform your living room into an incredible terrace with a simple turn of the winch.
The unique forward twin helms

Contact Windelo

More information on the Windelo 50.

For more information, or to visit the New Windelo 50 Yachting at the 2023 Cannes Yachting Festival, contact Windelo at the email address below

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Lagoon Reaches the 500 Milestone on the 46

Lagoon recently passed the 500 mark for their 46 footer. This popular cruising catamaran continues to attract strong demand thanks to those ocean views from the flybridge, the open sundeck and high levels of comfort in the Interior. They have also launched an option for a furling boom.

Let’s take a look at the boat in more detail:

Naval architects VPLP have achieved a great balance between the different living spaces aboard the Lagoon 46.

With her front and aft cockpits, cooking area at the back, and a salon that is a home away from home, there are plenty of zones to hang out in.

The Views

Up top, the Flybridge has a double access port and starboard, and is another zone for relaxation as well as being the control centre when sailing.

Choose between a folding cabriolet or an automated Bimini for sun protection

Head forward, and you have the forward lounge tucked in behind the nets for sundowners.

Aft on the Lagoon 46, you can choose between classic stainless steel davits or an electrical hydraulic platform for your tender. The platform allows for easy access to the water at anchor.

Interior Comfort – a Home Away from Home

Nauta Design were in charge of developing the elegant interior. The owner’s suite is generously furnished and has an island berth. It’s spacious down here, with a sofa, desk and ample storage. The bathroom is huge with a separate shower.

The other cabins aboard are also roomy, especially the forward cabin which also has a large bed.

Up top, the saloon area runs through to the aft cockpit and is light and airy.


VPLP are known for designing boats that sail, and they have done a great job evolving the Lagoon 46 from her predecessors.

She’s a seaworthy, forgiving boat.

Boom Furler Option

Lagoon recently announced that they are offering a boom furler option on the 46.

This is a simple, robust solution designed to make the Lagoon 46 even easier to sail.
One of the main advantages of the Lagoon boom furler is that the furling mandrel is not enclosed in a housing. So you can watch and control hoisting, reefing and furling manoeuvres.


The Lagoon 46 is a bestseller in the cruising catamaran segment and it is easy to see why. This is a very comfortable, seaworthy boat that has been optimised for easy sailing with many different relaxation zones to enjoy at anchor, including that iconic flybridge.

Next production target, 1000 hulls?


  • Architects: VPLP design
  • Exterior design: Patrick le Quément
  • Interior design: Nauta Design
  • Length overall: 13.99 m / 45’11”
  • Beam: 7.96 m / 26’10”
  • Draft: 1.35 m / 4’5”
  • Mast clearance: 23,21 m / 76’2”
  • Light displacement (EEC): 15,77 t / 34,773 Lbs
  • Sail area: 123 m² / 1,323 sq. ft.
  • Self tacking jib: 46,5 m² / 500 sq. ft.
  • Square top mainsail (opt.): 80,5 m² / 866 sq. ft.
  • Engine – 2 x 57 HP
  • Fuel capacity: 2 x 520 l / 2 x 137 US gal
  • Fresh water capacity: 2 x 300 l / 2 x 79 US gal
  • Berths: 6 to 12
  • CE certification: A12 / B14 / C20 / D30
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Windsurf Sail Size Chart

We have recently got back into windsurfing. The gear has changed! What’s the right windsurf sail size for the wind strength these days?

The Windsurf Sail Size Chart

The main variable when choosing a sail for windsurfing is its size. There are all sorts of types of sail of course, but this post just deals with the size aspect.

Head out with the wrong sized sail, and you lose control, or you won’t go anywhere.

Choosing the right sail for windsurfing comes down to:

Skill level
The better you are, the larger sail you will manage.

Average wind speed
The stronger the wind, the smaller sail you are going to need.

Your Weight
The heavier you are, the larger the sail you will manage before becoming overpowered.

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Excess Sensations or Excess Cruising?

Excess Catamarans have worked hard to develop cruising yachts that are fun to sail and comfortable to live aboard.

The Excess 12 and 15 were launched in 2019.

excess 14

Then, in 2020 the French manufacturer launched the Excess 11 and the first Excess 14 splashed in 2022.

This 46 footer was designed by VPLP with feedback from customers and Excess owners via the Excess Lab, a forum to gather feedback and design ideas.

The Excess 14 strikes a good balance between performance and comfort in a cruising package. It’s a catamaran that has carved out its own space in the cruising market.

Let’s take a look at some of the features that they have developed.

Excess Sensations

One thing I have noticed about this catamaran manufacturer is that the team, led by Thibaut de Montvalon, is very focused on what they want to be and how they want to get there.

Having a clear vision and communicating it well is half the battle for organisations, and you’ll hear Excess often talk about “Sensations” – it’s a key driver for them. They want their owners, dealers and employees to enjoy sailing Excess yachts. It’s one of the reasons why this brand is attracting many monohull sailors.

Sailing feel is a key design element in the 14. She has a sporty, low slung boom, asymmetric hulls, refined keels and is built with lightweight materials.

If you opt for the Pulse Line package, you can boost the upwind sail area by 10% to 135 m² (1,453 sq.ft) from 123 m² (1,323 sq.ft).

Built to Sail
The low boom, lower freeboard with reduced windage and sleek lines gives the 14 distinctive look. She has aft-set coach-roof, a forward-stepped mast, a composite bowsprit as standard and inverted bows.

The fins have been optimised for beating to windward, and the rudder blades have been extended.

VPLP and Excess have designed the 14 with a forward-set rig, a square-top mainsail, and a large overlapping genoa as standard to optimize the sail area to displacement ratio.

Bridgedeck clearance has been increased for better passage through the water, and the hulls designed asymmetrically to reduce drag. The low boom moves the centre of effort of the mainsail down and she has been built with foam sandwich and carbon reinforcements.

With a full complement of lighter wind sails flying off the bowsprit, this is a catamaran that should keep the smile on your face when the wind is blowing.

Sail Close to the Water
The helm stations are set aft with optional biminis, so you have a direct connection with the rudders and a good view of the sails.

Visibility has been optimised though untinted saloon windows.

The direct steering system uses textile lines, for a better helm feel.

The aft helms have an important safety aspect as well – all of the crew are forward of the skipper in his or her line of sight.

Performance Summary

VPLP, Excess and their customers have worked hard here to develop a good balance of performance and comfort with:

  • A low boom and low centre of effort from the wind.
  • A sporty sail area to displacement ratio particularly on the Pulse Line (26.5) which approaches some performance cat ratios. The overlapping genoa and composite bowsprit all help.
  • Asymmetric hulls and optimised keels and rudders for upwind performance.
  • Aft helms mean you sail close to the water with full view of the sails connected directly to the rudders.
  • Construction from foam sandwich with carbon reinforcements results in a stiff, strong boat.

Excess Cruising

This is only half the story though, as the Excess 14 has been designed to deliver a decent performance level without compromising on comfort.

Comfort and Flexibility
This cruising catamaran offers high levels of comfort and flexibility in its living spaces. Volume and good headroom are priorities in a warm and bright environment.

Down below, in the hulls, you’ll find wide, comfortable beds, and bathrooms with a separate shower. Large and subdivided storage spaces have been designed to store your gear efficiently, with some great touches like the retractable chart table.

Optimise your layout
Everyone’s needs are different of course, so they have designed this catamaran with plenty of layout options.

3 Cabins
In the 3-cabin version, the main features are :

-A central bathroom
-A large private dressing area
-Extra bunks as an option

4 Cabins
-Up to four cabins, four heads & four separate showers
– An optional skipper cabin in each hull

The Skylounge
An innovative solution on the coachroof – a spot for sundowners at anchor that does not compromise the low boom height.

Dressing Room
An option for a walk-in dressing room allows you to store both sailing gear and clothes.
You can configure this with additional twin berths, for a family configuration.

Comfort Summary

There is no denying that this a a very comfortable boat, particularly if you opt for the owner’s configuration (3 cabin). The aft helms allow for a large, connected living space up top, and down below the cabins and bathrooms are roomy and there is plenty of storage.

With the flexibility offered with the dressing room and the sky lounge on the coach-roof, it’s an appealing package.


Square top mainsail
83 m² | 893 sq ft

Overlapping genoa
40 m² | 430 sq ft

Code 0 (option)
72 m² | 775 sq ft

Upwind sail area
123 m² | 1323 sq ft

Upwind sail area
135 m² | 1453 sq ft
Code 0 [option]
86 m² | 926 sq ft

Length overall (depends on options)
13.97 to 15.99 m | 45’9’’ to 52’5’’

Hull length
13.34 m | 43’9’’

Light displacement [EC]
12,8 T | 28219 lbs

7.87 m | 25’9’’

Mast clearance (std/pulse)
19.78 m | 64’11’’ / 21.54 m | 70’8’’

1.48 m | 4’10’’

CE certification
A : 10 – B : 12 – C : 16 – D : 20

Fuel capacity
2 x 200 L
2 x 53 US gal

2 x 45 HP
2 x 57 HP (option)

Fresh water capacity
300 L (standard) + 300 L (option)
79 + 79 US gal (option)

Holding tank capacity
2 x 80 L
2 x 21 US gal

6 to 12

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Lagoon SIXTY 5

We had the pleasure recently of spending some time recently with Pierre-Eric Fremaux from Lagoon at the International Multihull Show. Pierre project manages the SIXTY operation for Lagoon (SIXTY 5 and SIXTY 7 Power), and gave us a fascinating insight into these semi-custom luxury catamarans and the kinds of requests that he gets from owners and people buying the yachts.

Designed by VPLP, the SIXTY 5 and SIXTY 7 are part of the new 5th generation design from the famous French manufacturer, and along with the SEVENTY 7 their most luxurious yachts to date. The SIXTY 5 is the successor to the 620, and represents quite a step up in terms of performance and refinement.

The Lagoon SIXTY 5 at LA Grande Motte Boat Show

Powerful Rig

At a length of 20.55m or 67.5′ and a beam of 10m (32.1′) at the beam, she spans three levels with a big flybridge. With the fully battened mainsail and furling genoa, the sail area adds up to 268m2

The new boat shares many of the features that have made Lagoon so successful, particularly the ease of handling.

For her size, she is an easy to use yacht that can cruise far and wide under sail, a seaworthy boat like her big sister, designed for extended trips. She has been designed to eat up the miles, and provide superior comfort at stopovers.

This is a sleeker design direction from Lagoon, a beautiful boat able to accommodate quality rigging and powerful sails.

Step inside, and you appreciate the design evolution: open and uninterrupted spaces that link the interior and exterior with open views all around.

Semi-Custom Yachts

One of the benefits of the SIXTY 5 is the scope for customisation. Pierre informed us that on one build, he received over 700 emails from the customer with ideas and questions. If the work has previously been scoped out and the plans drawn up, then these changes are relatively easy.

If not, a project is needed to analyse the request, calculate the cost and draw up the plans, but essentially anything is possible for a price unless it affects the overall structure of the boat.


Galley Options

The Lagoon SIXTY 5 can either be configured galley up or galley down. In the Down configuration (or Lateral Galley), there is double access from either the cockpit or the crew cabin, and includes a dining area with a cozy area to enjoy
an early breakfast, or for the crew to meet and prepare meals away from the guests.

Lateral Galley Configuration

With the galley down below, the living space is opened right up in the Saloon. In this layout, the 30sqm saloon has two huge sofas on either side, with a coffee table to port and a dining table to starboard. Forward is a nav station including a chart table, and to the right is a well-equipped bar area with ice maker, wine cooler and refrigerator.

The galley in the aft port hull leaves room for either 4 en-suite cabins (one master suite with access to the deck aft) or 5 ensuite cabins.

Central Galley Option

The other basic option is to configure the yacht with a galley up top in the saloon, know as the Central Galley Version.

With the galley up, on the port side of the saloon and with an island bar, there is room down below for six cabins, three on each side, or five, with the owner’s suite located aft in the starboard hull.

Stand Out Features

So what are the features that make the SIXTY 5 stand out from the crowd? Here’s a few of them

  • Configure the yacht galley up or galley down with up to 6 cabins down below.
  • The luxurious Owner’s Suite has direct access aft to the sun and sea
  • With options for an Owner’s Suite and a VIP cabin.
  • Access to the forward lounge through the saloon
  • Wide transoms with a platform bridge opens up the space further aft. This platform lowers to sea level.
  • A huge flybridge with twin helms. Options for a sunbed & dining area or sofas and dining area up here
  • Carbon fiber boom
  • Carbon mast is an option for our performance-focused owners.
  • A powerful rig flies 268 m² / 2,884 sq.ft of sail. A Code 0 or gennaker can be added to the base sail plan.


The Lagoon sails well in a breeze with that powerful rig. Expect to see 8-9 knots in 15 knots of wind with that almost 100sqm genoa.

The standard power unit is twin 150hp Volvo D3s with a cruising speed of nine knots or there is an upgrade available to 180hp Volvo D4s for a cruising speed of just under 10 knots. The range on the bigger engines is around 800nm at 1,500rpm.


The SIXTY 5 is a striking looking catamaran from Lagoon, a real step up from the 620. There’s an abundance of space on this semi-custom yacht, form the cool forward cockpit for lounging and reading, through the saloon to the aft cockpit with seating and a dining area and the flybridge up top.

And this is a yacht that can sail, with an integrated bowsprit allowing you to shifting sails easily depending on wind strength and direction. Lagoon are successfully carving out a new market for themselves with the SIXTY 5 and SEVENTY 7, and I can see some of these features filtering through to the rest of their range in the future.

Technical Specs

Length overall
20.55 m / 67’5’’

10 m / 32’1’’

1.55 m / 5’1’’

Mast clearance
33.80 m / 110’11’’

Light displacement (EEC)
40 T / 88200 Lbs

Sail area
268 m² / 2,884 sq.ft

Fully-battened mainsail
170,5 m² / 1835

Furling genoa
98 m² / 1054 sq.ft

Engine – stardard
2 x 150 HP / 2 x 150 CV

Engine – option
2 x 195 HP / 2 x 195 CV

Fuel capacity
2 x 650 l / 2 x 172 US Gal

Fresh water capacity
2 x 500 l / 2 x 132 US Gal

8 to 16

CE certification
A14 / B18 / C24 / D40

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Excess Catamarans: the Tribe

We caught up with Thibaut de Montvalon, Director of Excess Catamarans, at the International Multihull Show in La Grande Motte to ask him about the philosophy behind this fast-growing catamaran brand. If you want to know what makes Excess tick, read on!

They are not only innovating in their boat design but also in after-sales, customer relationships and their dealer network.

Thibaut, photo credit Christophe Launay & Nicolas Claris

K: “Hi Thibaut, great to see you again. Can us through some of the latest news from Excess Catamarans?”
TdM: “Great to see you as well. Excess has come a long way since we launched our first models in 2019. We have now sold close to 400 boats, of which we have delivered a bit less than half. Our mission, our ambition, is to try and make all of these owners Excess ambassadors.”

K: “Can you tell us more about the philosophy behind this? The Excess Tribe, for example?”
TdM: “We consider our network of customers, of dealers, of the press as the Excess Tribe. We want our clients, our customers to share their experiences as being part of the Tribe.”

TdM: “So what does that mean exactly? Well, to help us clarify, we have mapped all of the points of contact that the client has with the brand, starting from the first email, the social media they see, coming to a boat show, doing a sea trial, visiting a distributor, signing the contract and so on. we have mapped all of the paths from taking delivery of the boat through the life of the boat: the Excess Customer Journey.”

“We are focusing and putting a lot of effort into making this Excess Customer Journey a special one.”

K: “OK, sounds well geared towards people. Can you give me some examples?”
TdM: “Sure. For example, some very important ambassadors that we need are the dealers. So we have started launching some initiatives, like skiing mixed with work as well, of course. We want to develop our relationship with them, become friends with them, go sailing with them and so on, to bring together and create this sense of a Tribe, all being part of the same team.”

“Our business model at Excess is to distribute boats through our dealers, and I have the firm belief that we need to reach our clients and make them feel part of that one same Tribe: a key objective and path to success is to make our dealers the best brand ambassadors of Excess Catamarans.”

Team Work Excess Tribe Style. Photo credit: Francois i.Mage Prod

K: “Are you also developing contacts directly with your customers?”
TdM: “Yes, for sure, that is so important for us. We need to delight our customers. We have a few hundred customers and this is another big area of focus. We organised for the first time on the second weekend of March an open factory tour. We opened the shipyard on the weekend, on Saturday, only for Excess customers or people in the process of ordering boats. “

“So we enjoyed some food, a few drinks, a visit on our boats, and the chance to meet the people who are building the catamarans with a factory tour. This is something that we will do every year, and it will be one of those moments where the Tribe comes together, timed to be one month ahead of La Grande Motte boat show. All the clients and prospects we invited had a great time and said it was a very good event, so it is something that we will continue.”

“We are also putting a strong emphasis on the delivery of the boats. Excess Catamarans are sold through our network of distributors. So the dealer handles the boat through to the customer, but we are making a strong effort to have a presence at the time of delivery.”

K: “How Does the Great Delivery Experience Work?”
TdM: “We want to excel in this area. It means being there, having lunch, meeting the customers when they have delivery of the boat, or simply writing a thank you letter or sending a gift to the customer. This might seem obvious to you that any brand should be doing this, but in the boating world, not all brands do. Their philosophy is to hand everything over to the dealer after manufacture. What we are trying to do at Excess with our dealers is to work together to make the customer experience a better one.”

“Focusing on the delivery, the day the boat is being handed over to the client so that they have a special experience. We have set a template of what an Excess delivery should look like and the standard of an Excess delivery: a strong effort to focus on this important moment.”

Photo credit: Christophe Launay

K: “Are there any other ways that you are meeting and getting to know your customers?”
TdM: “We are going to launch the Excess Campus in October. We have to finalise the date and location, but most likely it will be in the South of France in October. “

“We want to invite Excess customers and owners to come to a two-and-a-half day seminar. We will cover how to manoeuvre a catamaran in a marina, we’ll work with people who specialise in weather forecasting, how to plan for your trip, looking at the weather charts, and so on.”

“I won’t tell you everything as this might inspire some of our fellow boat builders ;). How to maintain your boat, your rigging, how to fine-tune and set your sails. We’ll have our electronic partners there explaining how to use the radar, and how to get the best use of all of the electronics that you have in the boat.”

K: “Safety training will play a part in that I guess? Just fishing for more info!”
TdM: “We’ll have several suppliers and contractors there, we’ll even have a doctor specialised in how to react to emergency medical situations on the boat.”

“We are going to work with SNSM (la Société Nationale de Sauvetage en Mer), the French Lifeboats Association to understand how best to launch a life-raft, how, where and when you set off a flare and so on. “

“We’ll also be doing Excess owners’ Rendezvous. We had one, actually, just before Covid or the second year of Covid in the Balearics. In 2021, I think, we had four boats. This is something we’ll be doing on an annual basis. We’ll have several Excess Owner’s Rendezvous in different parts of Europe and the US, and hopefully soon in French Polynesia with David Allouch (Sail Tahiti).”

Photo credit: Christophe Launay

K: “How about the Excess Lab? I have been hearing a lot about this forum”
TdM: “I’ll give you an update on the Excess Lab, as this is a fantastic platform to exchange ideas. We are close to 400 customers who use the Excess Lab to give feedback on how they use the boat, to ask questions and interact with Hervé Piveteau”.

“Sometimes, some of the owners believe that the Excess Lab is a hotline to ask Hervé to modify every single boat that we have sold, which is not the case ;). It’s great because we see all of our owners and clients interact a lot.”

“We have had 37 contributions over one year, suggesting topics of what they want us to talk about. We have written 25 articles on different topics. We have 403 members in the Lab and about 8,600 visitors throughout the year.”

K: “Can you talk us through some of the feedback you have had through the Lab?”
TdM: “One topic that we are working on at the moment, one that is close to many people’s hearts, is the boat office, i.e. working from your Excess. We have recently published two interviews of people who have been working from their boat, either running their company or doing their job from their boats.”

“We have also been talking a lot about the experience we had with the Excess 15 and the development of the electric engines.”

“We spoke in depth about the Excess 14 and the asymmetric hulls and all the improvements we did in terms of naval architecture. Without revealing any secrets, we are using the Lab extensively to get inspiration for the next Excess we are working on.”

K: “Interesting, can you give us any more details on the new Excess? Any scoops?”
“I can’t share any information at this stage, but rest assured that there’s some exciting stuff going on!”

“Overall, with the Excess Lab, the idea is to continue to increase the number of interactions we have with our customers to make the Excess customer journey a special one.”

K: “Is there anyone that we have missed that is also in the Excess Tribe?”
TdM: “The press is an important channel for us as well, talking with our customers of today and our customers of tomorrow. We feel we want to do more with you guys from the press. We still have a lot of work to do, we are only three and a half years old. we feel we should be sailing more with you.”

“One thing that is making a difference at Excess because of the promise we have of sailing, or the fun of sailing our catamarans- it’s the same sensation sailing our boats as you have when sailing a cruising monohull”.

Out sailing where possible. Photos credit: Christophe Launay

“Most of the boats we have sold, we have sold these boats because the clients try the boats.”

“I can pitch the sailing, the fun of sailing an Excess to you for hours, we can show you the colours, we can talk about naval architecture and so on, but we will not be as convincing as you sailing the boat with us.”

“You have to experience the boats more and this is something that we want to push.”

K: “That’s great Thibaut, thanks for taking the time to share that with us.

All in all, some very interesting feedback from Thibaut and the whole Excess team on where they are heading.

They are developing a real customer-centric strategy which is great to see, and are building strong channels of communication (such as the Excess Lab) and a desire to get out there, meet and build relationships with their customers, their dealers and the press.

I get the feeling that they are “walking the talk” on this, putting it all into action. This feedback loop is only going to help them perfect their designs over the long term and build customer loyalty.

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Discussing the Outremer 52

Here are some notes from our discussions and the press conference at the International Multihull Show in La Grande Motte with Matthieu Rougevin-Baville – Commercial Director at Outremer.

This should give you some excellent insights into the development of this performance catamaran.
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outremer 52 la grande motte

Top Sellers
“The 51 was our best seller so far with 100 boats sailing. And millions of miles sailed around the world, with families. Outremer is not a boat that you park in front of your house and sail on weekends. It’s usually a life project with your family.”

“And when you finish your project, you sell the boat to another family who will do the same. So the boats have an impressive average mileage, with several yachts with more than 2 million miles already. And to get a better boat, we ask many of our owners: “what could be improved?””

“And they came with a long list of possible improvements. And the experience we now have with Gunboat has also allowed us to bring plenty of improvements. The basic philosophy is that we want to reach a good performance level: not a racing boat, but we feel that being able to reach 10 knots of boat speed in 10 knots of wind is a good target.”

“That is more than enough for for a family project. We keep a huge safety margin because of course, the first thing people are looking, when they’re buying a Outremer, is always safety. That’s always the first request. So we want to be sure that even in a gusting wind, we stay very safe.”

“To improve, the volume, the space, we need to save weight. That is what we have achieved in the last five years. Saving weight, not to fly a hull and be faster, but to hit the speed average that we aim for. We have managed to save almost one tonne from the boat structure that we have put back into the features.”

“Features like this big opening. Such as the taller higher windows: as you know, windows weigh more than composite. So we can soak up extra weight on this because we saved the weight on the structure and that is what allowed us to have such big openings.”

“The main feature on the Outremer 51 (the previous design) is the feeling of safety.
People wanted to feel safe because most of our Owners are families sailing long distances.”

“One feature, which is very appreciated on the 51 is the closed cockpit “U” shape, which is very secure. It’s easy to have a net behind and you can feel very protected, but the other thing people were asking for was an opening in the cockpit to be able to reach the transom, to go for swim more easily. On the 51 you need to climb on the deck and down on the transom.”

“We have an opening there, similar to the Outremer 45, but we have a moveable seat which is designed to secure the area on passage. So when you are in bad weather, with following seas it’s easy to close the area and you feel more safe with kids or even pets.”

“Of course, when you don’t need it you can bring it inside to have a continuous seating area around the cockpit or you can also flip it on its end and use it as a stool for the bar.”

“We also wanted to improve the visibility. When you have a performance boat, it is very important to see what’s happening in front of you because you are covering a lot of distance. We wanted to offer this on all points of sail. The ability to clearly see what’s in front of you.”

“So if you are preparing food, having lunch you have a perfect visibility in front of you. When you are sitting in the cockpit, the sofa is orienteered length-ways. So if you need a 10m nap when you are doing your watch, it’s easy. You have a pillow behind your head and you see what’s in front of you every 10 minutes.
Of course, the forward facing chart table is ideal for visibility, if you need to send emails, or you are downloading the weather, or on watch in bad weather.”

“Ventilation is also very important. You have four windows which are oriented so that you can direct the airflow in the direction you need. We tested it last week, it’s very efficient.”

“We have more headroom: 10 centimetres higher for the entrance door, 10cm higher in the saloon. So there’s plenty of space because our customers are taller and taller.”

“One of the things that was requested from 51 customers, (and we also experienced that with the 55), is better protection in the cockpit.”

“You have two sets of steps in the 51, which means openings in the bimini top. So you have wind coming in, air turbulence around the coach roof when you are moving. On the 52, you can close this entire space with the sliding window and the clears. And regarding the ability to control the boat, we feel we have reached a very nice compromise.”

Versatile Helm
“So you notice the swing helm on the starboard side? You can use it on the deck, sitting on the bench, when conditions are nice, something that is appealing to Monohull sailors who want a good feeling in the elements with visibility forward. Most people keep it vertical coming into the marina.”

“My favourite position is slightly inwards because there you can control the helm from the cockpit but also from the deck with access to the winches. When you are at the helm, you have all your instruments, the sheets and access to the the controls.”

“And of course, you then can swing in to the fully inside position. You close up and bring the sheets inside: the cockpit can be fully closed with clears.”

“You still control the winches with 360 degrees visibility. I can tell you on the first test sailing in March, it was rather cold and we felt very comfy inside the cockpit.”

“Of course the table is convertible. You can make it into a bed, the same thing is possible inside. Convert it to a coffee table or have a nice home video place with a folding down screen.”

“When you are sailing far away with your family, you need plenty of storage.
With all the seating areas in the cockpit, you get storage. In the saloon as well, and we added storage under the floor, and you will see an extra bench.”

“In total on the 51 there is 1,100 litres of storage. On the 52, we have 1,700. We have added six hundred litres of storage. Just one of the smaller details that make a difference when you are living on a boat.”

Rain and Winches
“You can collect rain water from the bimini: the water comes down the pole in a pipe. If it’s clean, you can direct it to the water tanks.”

“The winches on the side are lower than the 51, so it is possible to winch manually without using the electric as you are in a better position.”

“The hulls are wider. They are not wider at waterline level, we have the same ratio of length to beam at that level, but they flare to give more space inside the hull. So the bed is lower. On the 51, the bed is higher, and you need a small step to climb in. We lowered it.”

“Because the structure of the boat is built differently, it’s stiffer. Using carbon we have even more stiffness than the 51 but also more space. It’s impressive on the water.”

“Some people were worried that the new boat would not sail as well as the older model. We are very happy to say that that’s not true.”

First Test Sail on the Outremer 52

“From our the first trip, we covered 89.2 nautical miles with a maximum speed of 24.6. Very easy surfing and that was not pushing the boat, just the first sea trial. So yeah, we are very proud of the way the boat sails.”

“One of the differences between the 51 and the 52 is the mast was stepped backwards, So the mast is not on the front deck like on the 51, it’s now on the coach roof.”

“Of course, there is a carbon post to transmit the load from the mast to the bulkhead, but it gives you the ability to use the front deck. So, we have cushions covering the space and it’s very nice when you are sailing downwind being protected against the coach-roof.”

Longer bowsprit
“So, you can see that we have a longer bowsprit with a net in front for safer access. The ratio of weight to performance is the same as the 51 and it would be very interesting to see how the boat sails in the next Outremer Cup. We are very confident about the performance.”

Commercial Success
“The boat is a huge commercial success. I told you the 51 sold a hundred boats over ten years. The 52 has already sold more than fifty.”

“Some people were coming to buy a 51. We had to tell them that the 51 was about to stop. And then, the usual reaction was, “Can you show us some some details?”. And yeah, it was very successful.”

“So for the moment, we have a capacity of 12 boats per year. The official delivery time is three to four years. But we plan to increase production to double the production of the boat within two years. So we expect the delivery time to be some time in 2025, with a new factory here, not far away.”

“How much solar? 2050W at peak times. 800 on the davits and 1300W on top.”

“The 52 is 40cm wider than the 51 and 15cm longer. Basically, what has happened in the last 15 years of boat design? Everything was moved backwards. The mast is slightly aft, the aft transom, the structural bulkhead.”

“So this is gives you the ability to increase the cockpit. But the main difference is in the rocker, the longitudinal curve of the boat to give it more stability at higher speeds.”

“So what we see in light, wind upwind there is not much difference with the 51 but in stronger wind downwind, the boat accelerates for a longer time and you have better average speed sailing downwind with plenty of stability.”

“The transoms are slightly wider in the back, which gives better access but also better buoyancy.”

“The official empty weight of the boat is 12.5 tonnes. We achieved less than that on the first boat, and of course, you can save weight with more carbon.”

“You have three main carbon bulkheads. They have to be carbon because the opening is so wide. We need a lot of strength in the corner and obviously on the front one, but you could add more carbon in the coach roof for extra weight saving. It’s a balance between saving more weight to get better performance or to compensate for more stuff and cost.”

“You can have options like fake teak in the cockpit. We have 3 different options inside: three different types of wood finish and you have a choice of lots of upholstery: there are more than 100 different possibilities inside.”

outremer 52 interiors

“The front cabin options come from the 55. It’s what we call my “Free Space”. There are five different possibilities.”

“So, a standard double cabin, But you could also have an office with a foldable berth. And the upper part: two, foldable berths. Or you could have a walk-in dressing room, skipper’s carbon, kid’s cabin, etc. There are plenty of possibilities.”

“Usually, the owner’s cabin is on starboard, and the owner’s suite and the guest cabin will be on the other side. If you choose the four cabin version, you would have two guest cabins starboard. And usually the owner’s hull would then be on the port side where you could have a dressing room, with even more storage.”

“Of course, heating, air conditioning, gen set are all possible. You have two huge lockers in the front where you could have a gen set, a dive compressor or whatever’s needed. The average payload is three tonnes, which we feel is more than enough for a long distance blue-water sailing yacht.”

A Boat for Racing As Well?
“We always have people coming from both worlds: racing and cruising. And the predicted polars from VPLP are very encouraging.”

“If you want to go for performance, i.e. not having too many options, you will get an even better result that the performing 51. So the boat can be sailing at faster than wind speed until 12, 13 knots. So yeah, it’s very encouraging.”

Is there an option to have wheels on both sides?
“No, just one wheel with an optional tiller on the port side. What we wanted to improve from the 51 is the helm. We have a double bench which is very appreciated on the 55 and it works even better on the 52.”

“Everybody wanted to keep it because the angle is just perfect. If you want to test it, it’s a very comfortable position. Even if you’re not steering, but just to enjoy the view.”

Can you have a tiller on the starboard side?
“Actually, we could in theory have a tiller there as there is the same fitting on that side but the thing is, you have the bench and you have the standing post. So the angle would be very small, it doesn’t really make sense.”

Did you test the reaching angle?
“We beat to wind within ninety degrees on our test sail. The water was flat, wind from the north. We had 15 knots of true wind, we were sailing at 50 degrees, at 10.1 knots. The boat can reach 45 degrees In good conditions. When there’s wind and flat water.”

“We beat almost all monohulls except the real racing ones, of course, we will not compete.”

“We had two clients test the boat on Saturday and both of them have made an order. 100% Conversion! So far, so good.”

“We’re very proud of the result so far. It’s very successful. I think we have the best compromise to please both experienced sailors and people who don’t care about sailing at 20 knots, who want a space that they can enjoy.”

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Best VPN Sites for Sailors, 2023


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If you are sailing around on a catamaran, or any yacht for that matter, the chances are that you will need a VPN, or Virtual Private Network, to help secure your connection on open networks (such as in a marina or airport) and access content from different countries on services like Netflix, BBC iPlayer and Amazon Prime.

The last reason is the big one for us. Media companies carve out the rights to their content by country and this can get very complicated (and frustrating) if you are moving from country to country.

But it’s important to understand what VPNs can do, and what they can’t do in terms of privacy. In some cases, you are merely handing over the keys to your privacy from your ISP (or mobile network) to the VPN company, so you need to do your research before taking the plunge.

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There are other factors such as price, reliability, content access and speed of course, but we’d recommend that you put privacy and security at the top of your list when making a decision and take the time to understand the limitations of this technology.

Virtual Private Networks, or VPNs, have become very popular in recent years due to concerns over online privacy and security. In a nutshell, VPNs are used to create a private and secure connection between a user’s device and the internet.

In this article, we will discuss what VPNs are, what they do, and our recommendations of the best VPN for sailor’s.

What Is a VPN?

A VPN, or Virtual Private Network, allows you to connect to the internet securely and privately with some caveats. When you connects to a VPN, your internet traffic is routed through an encrypted channel via the VPN’s servers, which protects your data from third parties.

This “tunnel” provides a secure connection between your device and the VPN server, which is usually located in a different geographic location. VPN companies normally operate from servers in multiple countries, so that you can grab an “IP address” from that country.

This helps when accessing content from overseas, as many media companies restrict access to some content to certain countries (we are back on that media rights conversation again).

Our Favourite VPNs for Yachties

1. NordVPN: the most features

NordVPN has very quick server speeds, and privacy add-ons like their like ‘Double VPN’ encryption, PLUS an independently audited no-log policy.

It is more expensive, but you can save money on the annual and multi-year plan. Also has a s 30-day money-back guarantee.

Try NordVPN

2. Surfshark: another Value for Money VPN

With a name like that, I guess it is no surprise that Surfshark have been focusing on the sailing market recently.

They have improved their speeds and latency, it’s packed with features and very good at unblocking restricted services in 100 countries.

The cost is less than US$2.40 USD – great value for money with thirty day money-back guarantee for new users to test the service out.

Try Surfshark

3. Atlas VPN: for Value

Atlas is a global service (hence the name) that represents excellent value compared to the competition. The surfing speeds are good too. Good for yachts in other words.

They offer “Unlimited VPN” which means that they do not limit the number of simultaneous connections in different devices you make.

This VPN operates a strict no-logs policy, meaning no personal data is stored.

Plus, the Atlas VPN apps have a kill switch, so it ticks off a lot of our boxes.

Try Atlas

4. ExpressVPN: the biggest?

ExpressVPN is probably the most popular VPN out there, so that counts for something.

Their strapline is “a VPN that just works”, it we can’t argue with that. It is famous for its performance, reliability, and user friendliness. You even get a password manager and free cloud backup. Again, on the higher end of the price scale, but you get a very well developed product. Test it with a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Try Express VPN

What Does a VPN Do Exactly?

A VPN have several functions, including:

– Privacy Protection: A VPN protects your privacy by hiding your IP address. This prevents ISPs, governments, and other entities from tracking user activity and monitoring your online behaviour.

– Security: A VPN provides an extra layer of security by encrypting internet traffic, which prevents hackers and others from intercepting sensitive data.

– Bypassing Censorship: In some countries, governments censor certain websites or online content. A VPN can help bypass these restrictions by routing internet traffic through a different geographic location. You can’t access Twitter in China, for example, unless you are on a VPN.

– Access Media Overseas: similarly, by assigning you an IP from another country, VPNs can help you access content that would otherwise be unavailable from overseas. This is probably the #1 reason for sailors using VPNs, as they are on the move so much.

Can VPNs Protect Your Privacy? What Can’t They Do?

VPNs won’t protect against all types of online tracking. For example, if you log into a website with your name and address, a VPN won’t prevent the website from collecting this information.

Also, remember that the VPN can see your activity. However, t is not in their interest to track you from a commercial perspective, and many companies make this a selling point (destroying records of user behaviour), but be aware that some VPN providers may log user activity and data, which could compromise your privacy. Choose a VPN provider that has a strict no-logging policy and takes user privacy seriously.

How To Select the Best VPN for Sailing

There are several factors to consider when choosing a VPN, including:

– Essential Features: Look for a VPN with strong encryption, a strict no-logging policy, and a kill switch, which disconnects the user from the internet if the VPN connection is lost.

– Types of VPN Services: There are several types of VPN services, including Personal VPN, Site-to-site VPN, Mobile VPN, Cloud VPN, and TOR over VPN. For sailing, we’d prioritise the Personal VPN, the Site to Site service and Mobile VPN. They should provide a desktop app for your laptop and an Apple or Android app for your mobile.

Make sure that you can use the VPN on multiple devices. If you have a Smart TV, make sure there are apps for that device as well. Then you can log into the same VPN server on your phone and TV and even cast stuff onto the bigger screen (from Netflix, for example). Very convenient!

– Server Numbers: generally, the more servers a VPN provider has, the better. This allows you to connect to different geographic locations and access content that may be restricted in your location. But focus on the countries that you are most interested in. If you like BBC iPlayer, that would be the UK. People from the States might need access to a US server to watch their favourite Netflix shows, and so on.

– Speed and Performance: Choose a VPN service with fast speeds and low latency to ensure a smooth browsing experience. Ultimately, you are still dependant on the speed of your local connection, but you have less control over that. The VPN speed will ensure that that is the only connection you need to worry about.

– Cost: Consider the cost of the VPN. Search around for the best deals. You may find you can save quite a bit of money going for an annual plan, but we’d recommend a shorter time period to begin with so that you can properly test the service.

Essential Features of VPNs for Sailors

Other than speed, reliability and cost, the other essential to focus on is the encryption. Services that are strong in this area will ensure that your data is protected and cannot be intercepted by hackers or other malicious actors.

A strict no-logging policy gives you confidence that your user activity and data are not recorded or stored by the VPN provider.

And a kill switch ensures that if the VPN connection is lost, the user’s device is immediately disconnected from the internet to prevent data leaks.

Types of Services

There are several types of VPN services, each with their own features and benefits including:

– Personal VPN: A personal VPN is designed for individual use and provides a secure and private connection to the internet.

– Site-to-site VPN: connects multiple locations and allows you to access resources and data from different geographic locations. This is a key feature for sailors.

– Mobile VPN: A mobile VPN is designed for mobile devices and provides a secure connection for your phone. Make sure that you sign up for a service that allows you to connect multiple devices (laptop, mobile, TV etc).

– Cloud VPN: A cloud VPN provides secure and private access to cloud-based resources such as applications and data.

TOR over VPN: TOR over VPN combines the privacy benefits of the TOR network with the security benefits of a VPN, creating an extra level of security. It may slow your browsing and streaming speed down though, so we’d focus on the services above.

Server Numbers

The number of servers a VPN provider has is a key factor to consider when choosing a VPN. More servers means more options on geographic locations, which can help you bypass geographic restrictions and access content that may be blocked in a particular region.

Content providers are continuously upgrading their services, so you need a VPN that stays ahead of the game and frequently updates its access points. Having more servers can improve connection speeds and reduce latency.

Speed and Performance


Look for fast and reliable VPNs for the best streaming and browsing experience. VPN speed can be impacted by several factors, including the number of servers, geographic location, and encryption strength. Pick a VPN with fast speeds and low latency.

Test the speed as soon as you sign up for the free trial by going to Google’s page speed page or speed test sites like Ookla.


Latency is the time it takes for data to travel from your device to the VPN server and back. High latency can result in a slow and laggy browsing or streaming experience (the dreaded Wagon Wheel), which can be frustrating.

How Much Does a VPN Cost?

The cost of a VPN can vary widely. You can get some for free (the quality is not great as you can imagine), while most charge a monthly or annual fee. The cost can range from a few dollars per month to over $10 per month.

Factors Affecting VPN Cost

Several factors can impact the cost of a VPN, including:

– Features and Services: a VPN with more servers and advanced security features may cost more than a basic VPN.

– Server Locations: you will pay more for VPN providers with servers in more geographic locations. Focus on the countries that you will be using. You may not ever use the server in Mongolia.

– Bandwidth: Some VPN providers limit the amount of bandwidth users can use, which can impact the cost of the VPN.

What’s a Fair Price for a VPN?

A a good price for a VPN is typically between US$5 and US$10 per month. This should include a decent number of servers, fast speeds, and advanced security features.

How To Minimise the Cost of a VPN

You get what you pay for, as the saying goes, but there are several ways to reduce the cost of a VPN, including:

– Annual Plans: check for discounts for users who sign up for annual plans. We’d recommend that you test the service first over a month though. You can always upgrade to an annual plan later.

– Coupons and Discounts: look out coupons and discounts. Many sailing Youtubers have been offering special discount codes. Just be aware that they are getting a cut!

Free Trials: Some VPN providers offer free trials, which allows you to try the service before committing to a subscription.

Test the VPN Speed

It’s important to test VPN speed is important to ensure a fast and reliable connection. Search Speed Test on Google and use the service (once you are connected to the VPN). Ookla is good too.


VPNs are a key tool for sailors who want to access their favourite content globally and in fact for anyone who values their online privacy and security on a yacht (using the free Wifi at an airport, for example).

They provide a secure and private connection to the internet, protecting users from hackers, cyber criminals, and online surveillance.

When making your choice, consider factors such as server numbers, speed and performance, and cost. With the right VPN set up, you can enjoy a fast and reliable connection to the internet and access content and media globally while keeping your online activities private and secure.

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Win Tickets for the 2023 International Multihull Show!

This prize draw is now closed. Thank you to all the participants, and we hope the winners enjoy the show!

We have 10 tickets to give away for the 2023 International Multihull Show in La Grande Motte, France!

Here’s how to enter

  1. Join the Katamarans Club: subscribe to our newsletter at
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  3. Send us an email at the address below to confirm your entry, email address and Instagram handle.

That’s it! We will be holding a prize draw and announcing the ticket winners by the 5th April 2023.

Terms and Conditions

You will be automatically entered into a free prize draw when you subscribe to our newsletter at, follow us on Instagram if you haven’t already @katamarans and send us an email to confirm your entry, email address and Instagram handle.

By entering, the participant agrees to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.
– There are 10 tickets to the 2023 International Multihull Show in La Grande Motte to be won.
– The winner will be selected at random from all entries received.
– The free prize draw is ongoing until Katamarans notifies
– The draw will take place on the 5th April 2023.
– Winners will be notified by e-mail or Instagram.
– The winner can chose a single day of visit from the 12th to the 16th April 2023.
– The prize is not transferable and no cash alternative is available.
– Katamarans will not take responsibility for any lost tickets – replacements cannot be issued.
– The Promoter is Baraca Planet SL, C/Diputacio 297 2-1, 08009 Barcelona, Spain.
– The Promoter reserves the right to withdraw this offer or amend these Terms and Conditions at any time without notice.
– In the event of any dispute regarding the Terms and Conditions, the conduct, results and any other matters relating to this prize draw, the decision of the Promoter shall be final and no correspondence or discussion shall be entered into.

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La Grand Motte Show 2023 Coming Up!

We are fast approaching the International Multihull Show in La Grande Motte (2023 edition). We’ll be there again as official media partners, so please look out for us and come and say hello if you are visiting!

The International Multihull Show is an annual event held in the south of France, dedicated to the world of multihull sailing. It is one of the biggest catamaran and trimaran shows in the world, attracting visitors and exhibitors from all over the globe. The show is held in the town of La Grande Motte, which is located on the Mediterranean coast between Montpellier and Nimes, the home of Outremer and Gunboat.

The history of La Grande Motte Multihull Show dates back to 2010, when it was first organized in partnership with Lorient on the Atlantic which hosted the show in even years

La Grand Motte is the home of Outremer – here’s how the locals park!

Over the years, the La Grande Motte Multihull Show has grown in size and popularity, becoming a major event in the world of sailing. The show features the latest multihull models and technologies. It is a platform for sailors, enthusiasts, and industry professionals to network, share ideas, and discuss the latest trends in the industry.

The Boats to See

This year, the main attraction will be the unveiling of the new Outremer 52, the Bali Catsmart and the upgraded Nautitech 40. The Excess 14 will be there, along with a healthy selection of Lagoons (42, 46, 51, Sixty 5), Fountaine Pajot, Marsaudon and Bali, plus the Catana OC50. You’ll be able to take a look at the Rapido 40 as well.

Unique Setting

The Show is known for its unique atmosphere and setting. It is held in the heart of La Grande Motte, known for its buildings designed by French architect Jean Balladur who was inspired by lost civilizations of the past. His designs draw on the design of grand Mayan ruins with an added touch from the sixties. Balladur spent almost thirty years developing his vision, which now attracts over 2 million tourists every year.

The marina itself is a work of art, with its geometric shapes and colourful facades. The town’s location on the Mediterranean coast also adds to the show’s appeal, with visitors able to enjoy the sun, sea, and sand while attending the event.

Marsaudon 57 at the 2022 Show

In addition to the exhibitions, the La Grande Motte Multihull Show also features live demonstrations, test sails, product launches workshops, conferences, and races. The show is also a great opportunity for visitors to get on the boats on display, and even head out for a sail.

The La Grande Motte Multihull Show is a unique event that celebrates the world of multihull sailing. It has a rich history and has grown in size and popularity over the years, becoming one of the biggest multihull shows in the world. It’s a must-visit for anyone with an interest in sailing or the marine industry.