The Future of Catamarans

BOAT SHOPPING: Better Than Expected!

We made our way around the only Multihull boat show in the world with one mission, to see what’s new and innovative.

The show is held in La Grande-Motte France, which was just a day’s drive from where we were in Italy.  And with our new boat being so close to being finished, we couldn’t deny the opportunity to do some last-minute idea shopping.  To see which catamaran builders were being innovative, thinking modular, and getting creative with how to best use these tiny spaces.  Because we sailors are a varied bunch with different needs, jobs, passions, and hobbies.  One size does not fit all.

As for these sailors, if you’ve been with us for a while then chances are you already know what our priorities are.  If not, we made a video about the top 10 CRUCIAL FEATURES OUR NEW BOAT MUST HAVE.

Because we are world cruising sailors who like spending extended time in very remote areas.  Not because we’re hermits (ok, maybe a little) but because we generally like the natural beauty and unique people that inhabit such places.

So last year when we decided to put our life savings (and then some) into a new boat, it was because finally, there was a boat that ticked all our boxes.

  1. Sub 50 Feet
  2. Performance Cruiser (for light wind sailing & less motoring)
  3. Hybrid Electric Propulsion
  4. Huge Lithium Battery Bank (no need for marina or shore power)
  5. Renewable energy – Solar & Hydrogeneration (enough so we don’t need a generator)
  6. Rain Capture (saves water maker energy & filters plus a good backup)
  7. All Electric Galley (no need for searching out propane & safer)
  8. Forward Facing Nav Desk (best location for foul weather, night watch & working full time)
  9. Workshop (because the reality of sailing is fixing things in exotic locations)
  10. Comfort (protection from the elements, good air flow, quality furniture)

The HH44 still is the only boat that ticks all these boxes.  But, if we were looking for something a little bigger, there are a few exciting new options hitting the water!  The execution may or may not hit the mark depending on how discerning you are, but the ideas are marvelous and that’s what we’re focusing on.


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Comments (6)

  • Aidan Scott

    Thank you for sharing your adventure, I look forward to each installment!

  • Alan Solomon

    Great boats. Very luxurious. Even too luxurious on the high seas. I sort of agree with Jason when he says that basically every boat manufacturer there seems to be focusing on protecting sailors and guests from the elements while sailing and living on the high and open seas.
    I am curious if the manufacturers and builders are building this way because scientists are now talking about the rapid development of an El Nino season over the next few months, as well as climate change and the increasing strength of storms that can come from that. Also, don’t forget this coming hurricane season.
    It is important to enjoy life and live it to the fullest but being protected when one is out in the wilds is something to seriously plan for.
    Safe travels, Happy and Joyous.

  • Jess

    So do I buy a house or a boat? You’re making life in our RV very difficult with all these exotic locations and boats. We now have to settle back into a life spent mostly in one location, but we’re in the Puget Sound area in WA, so living on a boat isn’t too far out of the norm. We had been looking at houses – wow. Too expensive for what you get these days. So we bought a few acres on an island and are debating whether we go through with a build (also stupidly expensive and full of dishonest builders) or keep the vagabond feeling alive and go with a boat we can putter around the NW in. Still expensive but with the thrill of *almost a life at sea and unending maintenance and bilge pumps.

    Enjoy your time in China – stay safe and avoid the eel soup! Can’t wait to see you guys back under sail!

  • Jan

    You guys make it so hard for me to NOT want to live on a boat. Like the forward facing nav also.
    Several boats I could easily be happy on.
    Your new boat is getting closer! Stock up on the bubbles!

  • OjaiLynda

    Love those Italian door knobs/openers. And the primary suite with an east/west bed, spacious & perfect! Fabulous show, thank you for taking us along!

  • Mike Priaro

    I really have to wonder how seaworthy the large windows in all those large catamarans are in high seas/high winds.


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