New Models 2022: Sailing Catamarans
Following three articles on the year’s new motor yachts, YACHT STYLE highlights exciting sailing catamarans released in 2022 in the latest chapter of a five-part series.
Key catamarans released this year include Sunreef’s 80 Eco (click for REVIEW), the first sailing model from its Eco series. Hull one, Marie-Joseph , officially debuted at the Cannes Yachting Festival in September features an integrated solar panel ‘skin’ integrated into the hull sides, superstructure, hard top and even mast. Other green tech includes a hydrogeneration system, ultra-light lithium batteries and ultra-efficient air conditioning.
This year, Sunreef has also launched the first 60 Eco (click for article), Surreal , which is equipped with composite-integrated solar panels developed in-house and integrated into the hull sides, superstructure and flybridge hard top. The four-cabinSurreal was also fitted with a powerful custom-engineered battery bank and Sunreef has more Eco sailing and power models to come.
The Lagoon 51 (click for REVIEW) debuted at this year’s International Multihull Show at La Grande Motte before starring in the brand’s strong display at Cannes, introducing the new emphasis on solar power that will characterise the brand’s future models. New features include integrated solar panels in the coachroof and hard top, while the mast has been shifted forward to the front of the saloon, increasing the seating area inside.
Fountaine Pajot debuted its Aura 51 (click for REVIEW), which also features integrated solar panels and is the first model released as part of the La Rochelle builder’s Odysséa 2024 strategic plan. The model’s impressive new features include a much wider saloon opening that helps connect the interior and exterior, while the official world premiere at Cannes featured the model’s Smart Electric version.
Bali’s new model is its 4.4 (click for REVIEW), which debuted at La Grande Motte and exhibited at Cannes. The latest of five sailing models launched by the brand since 2020, the 4.4 features all the brand’s key features including the ‘Bali tilting door’, opening saloon windows, enormous fridge/freezer capacity, and a rigid foredeck with sunbathing areas and a sunken lounge.
Cannes hosted the world premiere of the Excess 14 (click for REVIEW), arguably the young brand’s most pioneering design yet. Like the 11, 12 and 15, the Excess 14 has twin helm stations aft, while innovations include asymmetric hulls with redesigned windows. The model has an-almost 44ft waterline length, while her overall length can range between 46ft-52ft depending on the bowsprit and swim platform. The model has an aft-set coachroof, while a ‘skylounge’ option offers lounging space on the top for use while the boat is anchored or moored.
Note: The New Models 2022 series will conclude with sailing monohulls released this year.