The Catana Group launched Bali Catamarans in 2014 in 3 sizes: the 4.0, 4.3 and 4.5.
In a bid to take market share from Lagoon, Leopard and Fountaine Pajot in the charter and private owner’s market, the yachts were launched with many innovations that had never been tried before in the industry- the new brand caused quite a stir at the time. You could say they they re-invented the category.
Since then, Catana Group owner Olivier Poncin and naval architect Xavier FAŸ have received many awards for their designs and the Bali brand has become the main revenue generator for the group.
Catana was put on the back burner after the 2016 launch of the 53, although they finally launched a new model, the Ocean Class, in 2022. The Catana Group build their yachts in 3 sites:
– Canet-en-Roussillon (in France’s Pyrénées Orientales region): Bali 4.5 / 5.4
– Marans (Charente-Maritime on France’s
Atlantic coast), home to production of the
Bali 4.0 / 4.1, the Bali 4.3
– Cap Bon (in Tunisia), for charter versions of
the Bali 4.0 / 4.1.
Bali catamarans are known for the following:
– They have a solid foredeck like a Prout with a forward cockpit instead of nets
– The interior space is wide open with a central platform free of bulkheads.
– Raised or flybridge helms (this does mean the booms are high)
– Many models come with a large pivoting “garage” door and sliding windows.
– They come with a large American style fridge in the saloon.
– Balis have a swimming platform.
All of these features have proved very popular with customers, and drawing on their experience with Catana, the company has managed to combine this into a strong, seaworthy boat with decent sailing performance for a cruising cat.
Apr 2014: Bali 4.5 Open Space
2014: Bali 4.2 Loft (launched as 4.3)
2015 Bali 4.0 Lounge
2015 Bali 4.3 Loft
2017 Bali announce they have launched 130 BALI Catamarans
2018: Bali 4.1
2018: Bali 5.4
2018: Relaunch of BALI 4.5. Offered with raised helm or flybridge.
2020 Bali 4:8 Open Space – filling the gap between the 4.5 and the 5.4
2020 Bali 4.6 – replaced the 4.5
2020 Bali Catspace – with flybridge helm, the new 40 footer replaced the 4.0
2021 Bali 4.2 relaunched
2022: Bali 4.4 with forward door for access to the saloon from the f/w cockpit.
2022: Bali Catsmart – twin aft helms opens up the living space on this 37 footer
List of Boats By Length
Bali 4.0 (2015)
The Bali 4.0 was launched at the 2015 Cannes Yachting Festival one year after the 4.5 and 4.2. At the time, this was the Baby of the range. With her open living spaces, forward cockpit, sunbathing area, and competitive price, this cat took the entry level catamaran market by storm.
It’s pretty boxy but roomy, and sailing performance is decent thanks to those pronounce chines.
The flybridge helm means the boom is high, which raises the centre of effort of the fat-headed main. The rig is well aft.
The Bali 4.1 replaced the 4.0 with even more living space. The main change was the addition of a central platform aft joining the two hulls. The storage locker on the 4.0 was replaced by an aft bench seat.
The second launch after the 4.5. Very bright inside thanks to the large retractable windows, with their panoramic view. Launched with the large solid foredeck / sundeck of 18 m2 instead of nets. This model just became the 4.3 when it physically launched.
Bali 4.3 Loft (2015)
A more angular look than many of her competitors, the 4.3 has been a strong seller. With the solid foredeck, Bali “garage” door aft and open living area, she is the roomiest catamaran in her length. The flip side is that upper helm/fly bridge is exposed. The boom is high, so access to the sail and sail bag is more difficult. This also means the centre of effort on the mainsail is higher.
The first Bali launch in 2014, the 4.5 set the DNA for the brand with the “Open Space” concept. Foam cored and vacuum infused, it was available with a starboard raised helm station or a flybridge. Initially came with a sliding aft door and, of course, the full-size, refrigerator with built-in ice maker.
Bali 4.6 (2020)
Replaced the 4.5. With a water-tight door forward, she can be open all the way from the hard foredeck lounge to the aft beam seat.
Bali 4.8 (2020)
The Bali 4.8 Open Space fits in between between the 4.6 and the 5.4 with all of those innovative Bali features from previous designs, plus some new ones too. Light displacement is 14.8T with a maximum upwind sail area of 179 M2.
Like the 4.8, the 4.6 has access to the forward cockpit through a watertight interior door and to the cabins by panels opening onto the aft cockpit.
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