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Nautitech Open 40 boat test – this cat will make you purr

  • Matthew Sheahan
  • October 14, 2015

The many qualities of the Nautitech Open 40 make a compelling case for choosing a catamaran over a monohull, says an impressed Matthew Sheahan

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Space, stability, performance and even safety, if you’re a monohull sailor you will be familiar with the key points of the arguments that multihull advocates present for having two hulls rather than one. In the main, their evidence is hard to refute.

For the same overall length catamarans do indeed have much more volume, especially below decks. They don’t heel like a monohull, something that regularly gains favour with many sailing families. And as for safety, the lack of a ballast keel makes it very unlikely that they will sink, even if capsized, something that no Nautitech cat has ever done in 20 years, we are told.

But when it comes to performance, the argument is less compelling, depending on which cat we’re talking about. See our feature on the pros and cons of multihulls .

If they’re not laden with cruising kit, or are one of the latest generation of multi-decked superstructures modelled on wedding cakes with a tiny token rig stuck on the top, they can in certain conditions outpace an equivalent length monohull.

Most of the time they’re better when reaching, but struggle to keep pace upwind and, for the sailing-minded buyer, this can be a compromise too far.

But with the Nautitech Open 40 catamaran you have to think again because this is a boat that challenges a number of common preconceptions.

At first glance she doesn’t stand out as anything out of the ordinary. Yet look a little closer and she’s far cleaner, simpler and, as a result, more attractive than many typical production cruising cats.

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There are, however, a few angles from which she looks dumpy and squared off and in places rather slab-sided. But in the main there are many good points in this new model and you can understand why she was the talk of the winter boat shows this year.

Surprising performance

In my opinion her strongest card is her performance under sail, not in the absolute speeds she achieves, but in the feel on the helm and the ease with which she can be handled.

With twin wheels set in each of the aft quarters you are not only enveloped in the security of a deep cockpit wall on the outer flanks, but have a superb view forward and through the wraparound windows in the coachroof. Indeed, the visibility to leeward is better when sailing upwind than aboard most monohulls with large overlapping headsails.

Both engine and sail controls are close to hand on either side with the additional benefit that the leads for the control lines have been well thought out and have far less friction than you would expect. This is particularly impressive given that most of the lines are led back to the cockpit discreetly and produce very little rope clutter.

This, combined with her well-balanced and light steering, makes her fun and rewarding to sail. During our sailing trials we got caught up in the opening stages of the upwind leg of a race in the Solent. Unable to resist lining up against a fleet of fully crewed monohulls, I was surprised at how well she coped.

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What she lacked in pointing ability in the 12-16 knot sea breeze she made up for with a typical upwind pace of 6-7 knots. She only really lost out through the tacks when her size and windage slowed her through the breeze, and her self-tacking blade jib didn’t have the power to see her accelerate like the monohulls – hardly surprising. But for cruising, especially short-handed, she was sufficiently nimble and easy to manhandle.

Off the breeze her furling Code 0, flown off a short bowsprit – one of the factory-fitted options – provided plenty of power and her eagerness to sit at 8-9 knots on a reach was clear. Again, she remained light and easy on the helm.

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Under engine she’s a very manageable boat, and once again the helming position and the good all round visibility make her simple to manoeuvre in tight spaces. Fitted with the upgrade option of a pair of Yanmar 30hp engines (20hp is standard), along with two three-bladed Gori overdrive propellers, she motored at a brisk 7 knot pace with ease.

Otherwise her layout is pretty straightforward. There is plenty of space between the hulls to stow a dinghy on davits off the back of the cockpit, huge lockers forward to keep fenders and warps and plenty of additional stowage for extra sails such as the Code 0. All of which is very much in keeping with the typical layout of modern production cats.

Outdoor saloon

The arrangement of her main living accommodation is one of the few areas where she differs from the norm. Her saloon, for instance, is more outside than in. The patio-type doors and the main athwartships bulkhead run across the boat at approximately midships making the normal, inside living accommodation smaller than would be typical for this size of boat.

A modest table/navigation station is set to port and the galley is to starboard leaving the main saloon outside, abaft the patio doors where it shares the cockpit space.

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While this might sound unusual – and less appealing for colder climates – the layout is certainly comfortable and practical and can be arranged to provide more shelter if required with the awning panels that clip into the underside of the coachroof and the cockpit coamings.

Apart from making the outdoor saloon a more pleasant place to sit while sailing or at anchor, the logic behind the configuration also stems from looking at how people actually use their boats. If it’s warm enough to be aboard that’s fine, but if it’s too cold the pub or a restaurant is a popular option.

The Nautitech comes in either a three or four cabin configuration, the former aimed at an owner’s layout with a spacious heads and shower area in the forward end of the port hull where a cabin would be in the four-cabin version. Both layouts have the provision for single skipper/crew berths in the bows.

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There are a couple of areas that may raise an eyebrow or two. The first is her builder, Bavaria. If you didn’t know before you started looking over her you’d be hard pressed to guess. So why would Bavaria want to build multihulls?

The answer lies in their desire to expand in the charter market, which they believe now means having a range of multihulls. So, instead of developing a range from scratch, Bavaria chose to buy into the market with the acquisition of Nautitech in 2014 and keep the production outfit in Rochefort, near La Rochelle.

The transaction has been of benefit to both sides after Bavaria brought its expertise in joiner work to Nautitech and raised the game for the French builders. This catamaran has also been designed as a powerboat. Seeing an identical looking boat passing at twice the speed with no rig and the crew sitting on the coachroof cum flybridge is bound to take the owners of the sailing version by surprise.

Specifications

LOA 11.98m/39ft 4in

LWL 11.94m/39ft 2in

Beam 6.91m/22ft 8in

Draught 1.35m/4ft 5in

Displacement 7,800kg/17,196lb

Engine 2 x Yanmar 20hp

Fuel 2 x 215lt/2 x 47gal

Water 2 x 215lt/2 x 47gal

Jib 28m 2 /301ft 2

Mainsail 678ft 2 /63m 2

Code 0 44m 2 /473ft 2

Sail area:disp 23.5

Disp:LWL 128

Price ex VAT £291,600

Designed by Marc Lombard

Built by Nautitech Catamarans

Marketed in UK by www.keyyachting.com

As is so often the case, once you start sketching out the ideal wishlist for a good, practical family cruiser the sum of the parts can easily point to a catamaran. Yet no matter how compelling the advantages of space and comfort are, factors such as performance and the practicality of berthing, especially in the UK, can count heavily against making a shift to two hulls.

But the Nautitech Open 40 goes a long way to addressing at least one of these issues. She really is a fun and rewarding cruiser to sail, especially as you don’t feel as if you’re perched high above the water and forced to sail from the leeward side on one tack at the only wheel on the boat.

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She lends herself well to short-handed sailing thanks to a simple, but intelligent cockpit layout. And when it comes to berthing, at just 40ft LOA she’s sufficiently modest in length and beam to slip into most marinas and harbours.

Her price tag of £291,600 ex VAT will make her feel considerably bigger than a typical 40ft monohull, but then that is because she is, especially below decks.

So, though at first glance you might think she’s just another production cat, the reality is the Nautitech Open 40 is quite different. I was impressed.

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Nautitech Open 40 MK2

Since it first came out, back in early 2014, the concept has surprised people... before quickly seducing them.  The order book immediately showed the success of this trendy new model. The takeover of Nautitech by Bavaria is now allowing the manufacturer to take a new step forward in the industrialization of production (purchasing, engineering, outsourcing development ...). Overhauling the interior and restyling the silhouette were therefore essential in allowing the company to establish its new brand while sustaining such an auspicious catamaran. We tested this significantly revised 40 footer, shown at Cannes in September 2017.

The VMG-Soromap mast benefits from a specific design to reduce the aerodynamic drag and reduce weight aloft

The 40’ Open reveals here the characteristics that underpin its success: ergonomic steering positions with a good view over the sail plan, trend-setting outdoor space and a generous sail plan

A modern and well-equipped catamaran capable of excellent performance for such generous accommodation

The general lines remain unchanged and are still elegant, but are enhanced by the gray wrap and the color treatment on the coachroof

The 40 'catamaran by Marc Lombard and Bavaria-Nautitech; seductive eh?

The cockpit lounge of the Open 40 is a very comfortable living space and well protected from the wind and the sun. Note the fabric partitions stored in the reservations of the bimini, the superb wheels and titanium-style aluminum stanchions

The restyled 2017 version unveils a relaxation-sunbathing area with a smart bar-table

With the new interior design and the galley aft, the new version of the Nautitech 40 is ready for a new start. It retains the characteristics that have made its success and taken a step forward in the perceived quality

The small saloon is now elevated and has a convertible lounger thanks to the smart mechanism of the removable table

The tinted gelcoat on the coachroof overhang highlights the fineness of the uprights. The disappearance of the white gelcoat enhances the finish and impression of quality

The new cabinetry demonstrates the rigorous assembly requirements and perfectly serves the style concocted by Bavaria -Nautitech and Stéphane Roséo

The standard of development has clearly gone up a notch with this successful restyling

The bathroom of a modern 40 footer! The restyling and new lighting further enhance the enjoyment of this space which is so important when cruising

A clear and well-finished engine compartment. The clarity of the installation is vital here.

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12m: The “magic size” to enjoy being able to fully master everything! Not too big to allow fluid and instinctive handling, but not so small that the crew (not always seafarers) don’t feel at home and enjoy good comfort at sea.  Nautitech and Marc Lombard have dared to revisit the “open” concept (at the same time as the Bali created by Olivier Poncin and Xavier Fay!), which meant: reducing the volume of the sacrosanct deck saloon in order to allow the lounge deck to expand!  They needed to do this with finesse, preserving if possible the advantages of the one whilst avoiding the major disadvantage of a truly openable version (apparent wind, spray, sun but which makes the catamaran significantly lighter!).

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This combination of being both closed, and yet open at the same time, was visionary and joined the pent-up expectations of many sailors searching for a cruising catamaran that provided everyone with different pleasures and adapted to their needs. The pleasant and precise steering wheel of a sporty machine, the cozy interior of the cruising catamaran and the protected yet well-ventilated patio of the charter boat! This ambitious m...

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Nautitech 40 Open

Owner’s review : gecko.

We were recently asked a list of questions on the Nautitech 40 Open from a prospective buyer, Alex, who is deciding on options for a new boat. I’ve asked him to compile a list of questions that we can answer in one go and load them up onto the owner’s review section of katamarans.com to help other people.

We’ve featured owner’s reviews on other boats, so why not our catamaran?!

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Here it is:

Intro (from Alex): One of the great attributes of the sailing community we are a part of is the willingness of sailors to share their experiences and knowledge. Purchasing a new boat is an exciting event. We (our family) are preparing to order a new Nautitech Open 40 and while we have looked at several catamaran manufactures and chartered cats, including an Open 40, there are always those last minute questions that when answered help cement our decision and the financial commitment we are about to make.

Being retired, this will probably be the last boat we own and want to be as comfortable and safe as possible, and be on a boat that I can operate singlehanded. Here are some questions for Gideon and the crew of Gecko.

Why an Open 40 ? There are quite a few catamarans in the 40 foot range, what made you decide on a Nautitech Open 40? I researched quite a few catamarans in this length and price range including Lagoon, Fountaine Pajot, Leopard and Seawind, to name a few. I was after a good balance between performance and comfort and the Nautitech 40 ticks a lot of these boxes. We will be primarily using the boat in the Mediterranean, so the Open concept works well for us – twin aft helms leaving a big open space joining the saloon and cockpit.

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The Saloon You have spent a fair amount of time on the boat during a part of the year that does not encourage you to be outside in the open salon area, how did you find the interior space of the boat, especially in the salon? Very comfortable with 4 of us making the delivery from La Rochelle to Barcelona in some pretty nasty weather. We went for the heating system that pipes warm air into the saloon and hulls and even the cockpit (warms up pretty quickly when you have the cockpit enclosures down).

Cooking How did those assigned to cooking manage with the galley? It’s a handy place to prepare meals- you have everything in a triangle – oven, hobs, fridge and working surface looking forward to starboard. We tended to store frequently used food stuffs in the cupboards in the starboard hull- you can just nip down the steps to get what you need. The cupboard at the back of the hob is more difficult to use as you need to lean over the hobs to access. You just need to watch what you are doing when the hobs are on.

I thought the sink is a bit small, any thoughts on that? (I am discussing having the sink changed to a much larger single sink or a double sink). We didn’t have any problems with that, although a double sink would work well. The only thing we noticed is that the tap does not protrude very far out from the side of the sink, so you get a lot of splash back out of the sink. This would be better if it had a longer arm.

To Bimini or Not to Bimini You have the Bimini over each helm station, have you considered adding an enclosure for each Bimini helm station (windscreen + lateral sides). We didn’t go for the biminis as I prefer to be in the Open for maximum sailing feel. In any case, I thought the biminis were too small to give much sun cover unless the sun was directly overhead. I’ll be wearing a hat if it’s sunny and feeling the breeze on my face. If the weather turns nasty, I tend to tuck in under the coachroof anyway, or helm from inside the saloon by the B&G station- where there is excellent visibility.

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Table I personally like the smaller chart table / eating table in the salon. What table option did you select? We went for the larger telescopic table that you can make into a night watch bunk, and I wouldn’t change that- it worked really well for the person on watch, and for eating around the table. It’s a really cosy space. The only thing I am going to change is to shorten the rail on the port side as you tend to knock into it every time you get up from the table. I think with the smaller table, you have less dining areas if the weather turns nasty. We were stuck in La Rochelle for a week in bad weather and I though we’d all go mad- quite the opposite.

There are three versions of the Open 40, which one did you select? CHARTER version WEEKENDER version EXPLORER Version We went for the Explorer option.

Sailing Boat Handling Your November trip from La Rochelle to Port Ginesta seems to have handed you some nasty weather. How did the boat handle? Overall I am extremely pleased. She felt very safe when reefed down to match the conditions. With the second reef in, you are covered up to 35 knots apparent wind speed when you take some of the solent in. We had one occasion off the Cape of Trafalgar where the weather blew up to 45 knots. With 3 reefs in, the mainsail is very central (and small) and she balances well – again, felt safe. Reef early as there is not much difference in speed shortening sail when you are on the limit [ she likes to be balanced, and it’s a much comfier ride. We made the mistake of not taking the gennaker in early enough and had a job getting the sail in, ripping it in the process- lesson learned, take the gennaker in early

How did you find the motion of the boat? Well, she is a 40 foot boat, and she pitches more than a 45 boat. I felt pretty bad across the Bay of Biscay, but it normally takes me 2-3 days to get my sea legs and those were very rough conditions. You can see that Nautitech have worked to centralise the weight, so the anchor pops out of the nacelle for example, and doesn’t sit on the bow. The engines are stepped forward. I think the motion is no worse or slightly better than any other 40ft cat. She’s pretty stable the other way (rolling), and we had some pretty big waves on the beam which she just rolled over- no problems. Coming out of La Coruña, we had her smashing straight into 8m waves and she handled that well.

When we chartered an Open 40, we had some very choppy seas and and it took some time to get used to the motion of the boat. Did you experience any hobby horsing? See above. This is where the 40 HP engines come in handy. We had one situation where we were bouncing up and down a bit on one engine. Once we fired up both engines, she pushed through the waves well- problem solved, often it’s a case of matching your speed to the conditions and wave frequency.

Going upwind, into a chop, many owners of cats describe some degree of bridge deck pounding, given the rough conditions you had, how would you describe your experience on Gecko? Yes some bridge pounding, but we were in very rough conditions in the Bay of Biscay going into it. But more like every now and then on a rogue wave rather than continually. Going downwind, she surfs nicely, our top speed was 18 knots I think, you get this kind of humming sound and off she accelerates- quite a ride!

Sails and Controls What sails do you have on the boat? We have the standard sails plus a gennaker reacher (70sqm) which we can run off the bowsprit.

What additional sails or upgrades to sails (i.e square top main) did you purchase from Nautitech? See above

What downwind sails do you have in terms of spinnaker or Asym ? Just the gennaker at the point

What sails do you have for the sprit? Just the gennaker

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How have you rigged the boat for reefing? Can you reef from the cockpit or do you have to go forward to the mast? This was one of the things I was trying to get Nautitech to do from the start – to run the reefing lines back to the cockpit like the bigger boat- the 46. However, they don’t seem to be set up to easily do these kinds of custom requests, so I will be changing the reefing system later. At the moment, all the reefing is done from the mast. Having said that, we managed that in some pretty rough conditions, although I do need to have a think about how to tidy up the lines at the mast, by running reefing lines through their own individual block, for example. This needs more thought, I’d welcome any more ideas here.

Did you add any winches to the port side to make it easier to control sails from either side of the boat? We have an electric winch to starboard and a manual to port. This worked well. More winches would be even better of course.

Systems Electronics What electronics packages do you have? We went Nav Pack Cruise and added radar. If it’s in your budget, I would go for Nav Pack Advanced.

How do you like the B&G instruments? The system is pretty powerful and takes work to get used to it, but pretty happy with it. Make sure the system is set up as a sailing boat rather than motor- we had problems setting course to wind direction, for example. All of the boat systems (lights, pumps and so on) are on the B&G display which takes some getting used to. It works, but it’s not that intuitive at first and the text is pretty small. I might change this to a more traditional switch panel later.

Have you added any additional electronics since you purchased the boat? Not yet.

What solar panels do you have? We went for the 4x100W. We didn’t see much sun, so I can’t tell you how they perform!

Can you operate AC appliances from your batteries via the invertor? Yes- that is definitely worth getting. We ran a rice cooker and coffee machine off it for example when sailing. It’s a simple switch on the side of the nav station.

Other Factory Options:

While options are often based on personal preferences, way of life and how the boat will be used, can you comment on the following factory installed options:

30 or 40 HP engines? If 40, what is your view of the value of the added HP? 40 HP definitely. They give you more power to punch through waves if you are motoring upwind.

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Folding Props? (I added folding props to my monohull and would never go back – what is your experience?) Yes, definitely. These give you an extra knot of speed.

Did you include Synthetic Teak floor? I looked at it, but I couldn’t justify the cost in my budget. I prefer the look of natural teak personally, but there’s the weight consideration- it seems a shame to add too much weight onto her, we were quite careful in this regard.

Did you add a generator? No, but we went for the additional service batteries. This set up worked fine for the 2 fridges and freezer.

Did you add a freezer? Yes, worth doing IMO if you are thinking of longer trips. The door kept opening in very rough conditions, something I will be looking into.

Did you install Air conditioning? No, we went for heating though. My rationale for that was I will only probably use a/c in the marinas, and for that I will just use a portable unit if I need it. Also, we didn’t want to add the weight.

Did you install Water maker? No, but that is top of my list for the next add-on. I think there are better options on the market (100l per hour) than the standard Nautitech fit, maybe better to retro-fit this IMO

What other options do you recommend? Anchor windlass control at helm station. Electronic throttle control on both helmstations if you can fit it in your budget, I couldn’t. Fridge in cockpit.

We didn’t go for the Nautitech delta anchor- instead, purchased a 25Kg Spade with 60m of chain. Also, we have ordered the dinghy and outboard seperately. We are going for a Gala A300D + Yamaha F9.9JMHS.

Taking delivery of Gecko

There is no question that these are complex boats with many systems. How would you describe your experience when you took delivery of Gecko? My broker was very good and helped with the language, as I only speak English and Spanish. It’s very important to have a broker who has a strong relationship with the yard as they are not really set up for direct contact with clients- it’s all done through the brokers.

Did you interact with anyone from the Factory? Yes- we met with Bruno Lescher (Sales and Marketing Director) at Cannes Boat Show and Laura Gobbo (sales) who gave us a tour around the factory just before Gecko launched- that is well worth doing, as you’ll be able to see all of the infrastructure of the boat going in.

Where there any issues identified on your inspection? The hand over was pretty “hands off” – mostly dealt with by the broker due to the language. However, we had good confidence in our broker (so cannot stress the importance of this strongly enough). We were missing one outside fridge (now installed) and one VHF unit (still pending).

How were they dealt with? So far, satisfactorily, this is ongoing.

I noted in your postings that you had some issues with the main salon door, have you resolved the issue? The issue here was that the locking mechanism on the frame was incorrectly installed. When we were in big waves, the doors jumped out of the lock which meant that they were free to slide along the track. We were able to lock them open during the passage, but obviously not ideal. I think it should be an easy fix, but we shouldn’t have had that issue in the middle of the Bay of Biscay in 5m waves.

Are there any other issues we should be aware of that we need to watch out for? Our invertor was faulty and was tripping the whole AC system. That is being replaced. I would also double check all of the standing rigging, runing rigging, sail bag etc. We missed a few things, stuff that wasn’t fully tightened. These were all small things, but best to go over the boat with a fine comb.

Really appreciate your information and hope this discussion helps others as well. It would be great to see more Open 40’s out there. No problem, happy to help and keep in touch, I hope your project goes well.

Alex Helfand

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Nautitech 40

  • By Jeremy McGeary
  • Updated: November 29, 2006

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Competition is fierce in the world of catamarans, so to stay in the game, a builder has to stake out market territory. Nautitech Catamarans is laying claim to that segment of multihull devotees interested in the sailing as well as the après-sail aspects of cruising. Telling first impressions of the Nautitech 40 are the fine-entry, high-freeboard bows and the twin steering stations, one on the stern of each hull.

On the water in Miami, twin 29-horsepower Volvo saildrives provided typical cat agility for maneuvering around the marina, but we learned quickly not to be shy when applying power to counter the effect of a locally gusty crosswind on the high freeboard. Motoring out of Government Cut into the eye of the wind, the boat was unfazed by the mix of tide rip and boat wakes.

Under sail, the helm stations came into their own, giving the helmsman wind-on-the-face input to back up the instruments. Sailing upwind in a fluky, light southeasterly breeze, we saw steady speeds above 6 knots with bursts to over 7 in the puffs. The tacking angle was about 100 degrees, limited by the sheeting angle of the genoa, but with fixed shoal-draft keels, footing off is likely more profitable than pinching anyway.

The long, deck-mounted traveler permits incremental adjustments to the powerful roachy mainsail, and the double-ended mainsheet can be tended from either helm. Because main and genoa share the same winches, tacking entails a little ballet with the sheets and stoppers. Doubling up on the winches would simplify maneuvers and provide more options for handling such add-ons as a preventer or a light-air funsail.

Boathandling arrangements are simple and seamanlike. The main halyard and reefing lines are tended from the mast, and it’s an easy step up to the cabin roof to stow or deploy the sail. No centerline nacelle or strut breaks the trampolined expanse between the bows. Hefty cleats integrated into the crossbeam anchors stand ready for bridles or mooring lines.

Inside the house, the saloon provides a second large social area. Considering that the boat can be set up with four double cabins, the galley is small, but from its location on the aft bulkhead, the cook can converse with the crew through a large sliding window.

Even indoors, the saloon has a pleasant, outdoorsy, summer-cottage feel due to the light through the wraparound windows and reflected off large areas of white fiberglass.

Down in the hulls, wood paneling lends a warm tone to the sleeping quarters. Space is a little tight down here, a measure of the slippery slender hulls, but by judicious use of the bridgedeck volume, the designers have created comfortably sized cabins with queen-size athwartships berths. In the charter version, there are two in each hull. In the owner version, which would make a commodious liveaboard vessel, the starboard hull is devoted to a suite: A huge fore-and-aft berth fills the stern, a large head and separate shower occupy the forward part, and, in between, there’s a settee, a desk, and copious storage for clothes. Two extra crewmembers or children can be accommodated in small cabins in each bow.

A simple layout below, clean-cut lines above, and neatly sculpted details everywhere suggest that the Nautitech 40 will appeal to sportif catamaran sailors, while their children will find the one-piece trampoline irresistible.

Nautitech 40 Specs

LOA: 39′ 4″ (11.98 m.) LWL: 37′ 9″ (11.50 m.) Beam: 21′ 4″ (6.50 m.) Draft: 3′ 11″ (1.20 m.) Sail Area: 936 sq. ft. (86.9 sq. m.) Displacement: 16,280 lb. (7,385 kg.) Water: 158 gal. (598 l.) Fuel: 71gal. (269 l.) Engine: Two 29-hp. Volvos with saildrives Designer: Mortain & Mavrikios Price: $376,598 (FOB La Rochelle, France)

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Aeroyacht Multihull Specialists are ambassadors and flagship dealers for the award winning line of Nautitech cruising catamarans.

Find out why the multiple award winning Nautitech 40 Open catamaran is a fresh, new concept in cruising catamarans. The French catamaran builder’s long experience in manufacturing and engineering sailing yachts to a very high standard are manifested in their newest creation. The Nautitech 40 Open catamaran, easily singlehanded and is an ideal boat for long range cruisers and liveaboards. You can even order your boat with a slightly shorter mast, enabling her to transit through some of the lower ICW bridges.

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The Nautitech 40 Open has significant advantages over other catamarans. Below are some of the most notable ones:

Largest Social Space of any 40′ Catamaran

Unlike a traditional catamaran whose cockpit is about the same size as the salon, the Nautitech 40 Open combines these two spaces. This innovation results in a much larger than average cockpit and a combined social area. An ingenious convertible awning system quickly transforms the cockpit into an enclosed space (which some customers heat in winter and air-condition in the tropics).

Most Advanced Hull Design

The new Nautitech 40 Open has advanced hulls designed by French star architect Marc Lombard who created some of the world’s fastest ocean going catamarans. Her hulls have built in chines. Consequently the boat has a slim waterline which slice through the water, yet provide a large luxurious interior and structural rigidity. The added benefit is a faster and drier ride.

Best Helm and Sailing Experience of any Cruising Catamaran

The unique twin helm stations provide superior views without any blind spots. Unlike charter cats which one “drives” from a precariously elevated flybridge the Nautitech 40 Open lets you feel the boat. Inspired by racing yachts you get true sailing sensations and singlehanded docking is a snap. Hold the twin carbon wheels and feel the mechanical steering with fingertip control. You will be sailing this boat with the helm feedback of a high performance sailing monohull rather than a camper. Finally a catamaran which puts sailing back into cruising catamarans. The added benefit of twin steering station is redundancy and with the large sun blocking mainsail raised – you will not need a Bimini to protect you from the sun. In bad weather the exquisitely equipped inside steering station will have you in full autopilot control with full weather protection. Why suffer standing outside?

The Nautitech 40 Open catamaran is known for its speed (see the Nautitech Open 40 video sailing at 20 knots) and high quality interior joiner work. Engineered and built in France the interior craftsmanship is above standards for yachts of this size.

Unsinkable due to Closed Cell Foam – no Balsa

The Nautitech 40 Open catamaran is built using the most advanced composite technology to the highest international offshore standards. Because of the low cost,95% of today’s production catamarans are built with a wood core (even in the bilge areas!) which tends to rot. Not the Nautitech 40 Open- which uses closed cell, high density foam as core. This makes the boat virtually unsinkable and osmosis resistant. Solid composite bilges, sacrificial keels and a series of strategically placed watertight bulkheads make this one of the safest offshore cruising catamarans available today.

Another advantage over other cruising catamarans are the design and execution of the 40 Open underwater appendages. The aerodynamically optimized keels have a higher aspect ratio and less resistance. This results in more lift and sailing characteristics indistinguishable from dagger boards but without the hassle of operation and safety concerns. The deep, high aspect ratio twin rudders are well aft and closely spaced to the hull for optimal rudder and autopilot control.

We are not the only ones who have recognized these magnificent vessels. In October 2015 the Nautitech 40 Open won, as the very first catamaran ever -the two most coveted industry awards in the same year !

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This is what Gregor Tarjan (owner of an Open 40 and founder of Aeroyacht Ltd.) had to say after a test sail: “The 40 Open works so well as a sailing machine because of a combination of compounding features:  her narrow waterline, chine for stiffness, closely spaced bulkheads and light weight to large sail plan. Pair that with a closed cell foam core, reliable fine appendages and mechanical F1 type helming and you have the perfect performance cruiser – a “true Swiss Army Knife of sailing yachts”…as the press has called this boat”

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A catamaran for sailing and living fully, designed for lovers of sailing and good life, a neat design bathed in light, 360 ° view of the nautitech 40 open, cabin version, 3 cabin version.

You can choose the three-cabin version with its huge owner’s cabin on the port side. It comes with a separate shower, a big bathroom, a desk and loads of storage space. Or opt for the four cabin version which also offers plenty of luxury and comfort.

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TECHNICAL DATA
11,98 m / 39’4’’
Length waterline 11,94 m / 39’2’’
Beam overall 6,91 m / 22’8’’
Draft 1,35 m / 4’5’’
Unloaded weight (approx.) 8,5 t / 18 743 lbs
Engine, Drive Diesel, Saildrive
Engine power 2 x 30 hp
Fuel tank 2 x 215 L / 2 x 57 gal
Water tank 2 x 215 L / 2 x 57 gal
Cabins - Heads, standard 3 eller 4 - 2
Berths, standard version 6 or 8
Full batten mainsail, standard 63 sqm / 678 sq ft
Self-tacking jib, standard 28 sqm / 301 sq ft
Height of mast above water line (approx.) 20,05 m / 65’9’’
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THE NAUTITECH 40 OPEN

The catamaran nautitech 40 open, a new design with more upgrades.

The 2018 Nautitech 40 Open is the NEW upgraded version of Marc Lombard , that again has succeeded in redefining the living space of a cruising catamaran. Whereas in the past the deck saloon and cockpit lounge have tended to be separate worlds, here they have been combined – resulting in a completely new feeling of space.

The 40 Open is a catamaran for sailors that understand how the performance features will made a better and safe handling. The Catamaran Nautitech 40 Open can achieve upwind angles that competitors can’t.

Based on the experience that daily life takes place in the cockpit, on a 40-foot vessel, either the cockpit lounge or saloon generally suffer from size limitations, but here, the two areas have simply been combined. This in turn has only been made possible with the help of a sophisticated tarpaulin system . As a result, dinners and parties will no longer be disturbed by wind or weather.

Schedule your demo today to understand why the Open 40 is the cat chosen by sailors.

The largest cockpit in the market , seating 10 persons

Best sailing performance in its class, 360 degrees unobstructed views from cockpit, two helm stations for better maneuvering in harbors, very stiff construction, with vacuum infused deck & hull, detachable keel system for extra safety, lower boom position , for stability and safety, 25% less hull weight than any other 40′ catamaran, propellers position designed to work during high seas, french design and german engineering.

Nautitech 40 Open

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Standard equipment & specifications, technical data.

Length overall 39′ 4”
Length waterline 39′ 2”
Beam overall 22′ 8”
Draught standard cast iron keel (approx.) 4′ 5”
Unloaded weight 18.739 lbs
Engine Volvo Penta with Saildrive D1-20, diesel
Engine power 14 kw / 18hp
Fuel tank (approx.) 114 gal
Water tank (approx.) 114 gal
Cabins – Bathrooms, standard 3/4 – 2
No. of cabins 4 – 2
Bathrooms 2
Berths, standard version 8
Berths 8
Mainsail, standard (approx.) 678 sq. ft.
Height of mast above water line (approx.) 65′ 9”
Self-tacking jib, standard (approx.) 301 sq. ft.

FORWARD CABINS (4 CABIN VERSION)

Double bed, 155 x 195 cm
Mattress with washable cover in standard colour
Wall-locker, hanging and shelves
Wall unit with shelf
Storage space under bed
Standard blinds for hatches and windows
One opening portlight in hullwindow
LED lights in the ceiling

AFT CABINS (4 CABIN VERSION)

Double bed, 157 x 200 cm
Mattress with washable cover standard colour
Wall-locker, hanging and shelves
Wall unit
Shelf on outer side of hull
Storage space under bed
Storage next to bed with reading lights
One opening portlight in hullwindow
Opening porthole above the headboard
Standard blinds for hatches and windows
LED lights in the ceiling

OWNER VERSION (REPLACES FORWARD AND AFT CABIN IN PORT HULL)

Double bed, 157 x 200 cm
Mattress with washable cover standard colour
Wall-locker, hanging and shelves
Wall unit
Shelf on outer side of hull
Storage space under bed
Storage next to bed with reading lights
One opening portlight in hullwindow
Opening porthole above the headboard
Large locker with three doors
Fold-down desk with seat
One opening portlight in hullwindow above desk
Standard blinds for hatches and windows
LED lights in the ceiling
Large head with separate shower cabin
Six lockers and three mirrors in head
Pump-toilet, disposal via seacock

HEADS (4 CABIN VERSION)

Sink with mixing tap
Shower with mixing tap and support
Shelves above toilet
Towel rail
Mirror
Pump-toilet manual (sea water rinse)
One opening portlight in hullwindow
LED lights in the ceiling

PASSAGE WAY

Storage cupboard (optional: washing machine or freezer 60l on starboard)
Handrail at companion-way
LED light in the ceiling
LED lights in the ceiling
Sole, Flexiteek (Synthetic-Teak)
Large deckhouse windscreen with two portholes
Two hatches
Double sliding doors, lockable
Dinette/Navigation table with cushions
Storage and drawer under the seats
Cupboards for storage with drawers, shelves and pullout
Double stainless steel sink with mixer tap
2 burner stove with separate oven
Led light for work top
Waste bin
Refrigerator 130 L 12V
Bottle locker
Hull colour white
6 Hull windows
Coloured stripe on hull, grey

Rudder/Keel

GRP keel (bonded)
Prebalanced rudders with stainless steel stock

STEERING PEDESTAL

Two helm stands with compass and st/st steering wheel/s
Instrument console
1 Cup holder
2 S/S Helmsman seat
Emergency tiller

DECK/COCKPIT

Anodised aluminium forward beam
Polyester safety net laced to hull and front beam
2 Forward pulpits with seats in teak
Bow anchor locker and storage
Electrical windlass with wired remote, bridle and cleat, 1000 W
6 Mooring cleats, aluminium
6 Deck hatches
Guardrail
2 Handrails on coachroof
Furling jib
Mainsheet traveller on the coachroof
Self-tacking jib track on the foredeck
10 person GRP dining table, 1.73 m x 0,79 m
Adjustable backrest on port bench
GRP storage locker (optional fridge)
Teak grating over cockpit drainage
4 Large cockpit lockers
Life raft locker (80x30x52 cm)

AFT DECK AND STERN PLATFORM

Aft pushpits
2 Stainless steel handrails
Cockpit shower with hot/cold water on Stb.
2 Hatches to engine compartment
Foldable bathing ladder stainless steel on starboard

STANDING / RUNNING GEAR

Deck stepped mast in anodised aluminium with two spreader sets
Running rigging
Anodised aluminium boom
Snatch block for reef line return
Full batten mainsail with 3 reef lines
Self-tacking Solent jib with UV protection
1 x Lewmar Evo aluminium winch on mast, 2-gear, self-tailing
3 x Lewmar Evo aluminium winches in cockpit, 2-gear, selftailing
2 Winches handles and pockets

WATER SYSTEM – BILGE SYSTEM

2 Holding tanks 45 l (one per hull)
2x 215 L freshwater tanks
Warm water boiler via engine-cooling, 40 l
Pressurised water system
Indicator for freshwater
Electric and manual bilge pumps in both hulls
Electric bilge pumps in both engine compartments

PROPULSION SYSTEM

Soundproofing in engine compartments
2 x 20 HP diesel engines with Saildrive
2 x alternators 115 Ah
2 x three-blades aluminium fixed propellers
Indicator for gasoline

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Shore power connection 230V / 32A with shore cable 15m + 32/16A cable adaptator
Battery charger 60A
220V plugs in all cabins, salon and galley
Galvanic isolator
3 x 12 V / 107 Ah services gel batteries (no maintenance)
2 x 12 V / 90 Ah engine batteries (no maintenance)
Power panel (switch batteries, circuit breakers) in aft cabin on port side
Electrical panel at companion-way
Indicator for service battery bank
Mooring Kit (6 Fenders with socks, 4 mooring lines)
LED navigation lights and anchor light

CERTIFICATION

CE-Certification Category A (10 Pers.)
CE-Certification Category B (10 Pers.)
CE-Certification Category C (22 Pers.)
CE-Certification Category D (22 Pers.)

CABIN LAYOUTS

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The Open 40 has been designed for lovers of sailing and good life. This luxury catamaran combines sailing sensations and absolute comfort on board, so that you never have to choose between the two. Whether you are an experienced skipper or a beginner cruiser, the Open 40 will take you and your family on a journey of discovery at sea. Like its big brother the 46 Open, this catamaran has pure and elegant lines. A cozy and beautiful atmosphere full of conviviality. The living room and the cockpit have been merged to optimize the space on board, this is where the concept of the "Open" lies. Beautiful volumes, natural light and comfort are the main characteristics of this outstanding catamaran which can accommodate up to 8 people.

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Displacement ​ (light)

Payload capacity

Sail Area (main+jib)

Draft (min)

Draft (max)

Mast clearance

Bridgedeck clearance

Manufactured Since

Engine (hp) ​

Hull Material

Marc Lombard

Fixed keels

Mechanical/Hydraulic

Closed-cell foam core

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The 40 Open has been designed for lovers of sailing and good life. This luxury catamaran combines sailing sensations and absolute comfort on board, so that you never have to choose between the two. Whether you are an experienced skipper or a beginner cruiser, the 40 Open will take you and your family on a journey of discovery at sea. Beautiful moments of sharing on the horizon.

This catamaran has an open living space with the deck, the cockpit and the saloon all being on the same level. A cozy and beautiful atmosphere full of conviviality. This is where the concept of the “Open” lies. Beautiful volumes, natural light and comfort are the main characteristics of this outstanding catamaran which can accommodate up to 8 people. The 40 Open is the perfect illustration of the French expertise in catamarans.

Specifications
Make:Nautitech
Model:40 Open
Length:40
Designer:Marc Lombard Yacht Design Group
Loa:11,98 m / 39’4’’
Lwl:11,94 m / 39’2’’
Beam:6,91 m / 22’8’’
Draft:1,35 m / 4’5’’
Displacement:8,5 t / 18 743 lbs
Mfg Engines:2 x 30 hp

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“Supernova” – 2018 Nautitech 40 Open 3 cabin owner’s version conveniently located in Downtown Charleston.

The Nautitech Open 40 is renowned for is unique layout with deck, cockpit, and salon all on one level resulting in a very comfortable layout which incorporates numerous smart design features to give it the feel of a much larger catamaran. Its lightweight construction and streamline design ensure an extremely maneuverable and sporty sailing experience. The two outboard helm stations provided exceptional visibility and add further to the thrill of sailing this fantastic catamaran.

The 40 Open has been designed for lovers of sailing and good life.…

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Stephen and I are always exploring new catamaran models so we can share our insights with you. The information below continues to be valid, but we have a new 40ft catamaran comparison of later models for you to peruse.

40ft catamarans

We created a chart of each catamaran with a standard spec, ex-factory to compare the specifications and price of each boat. These catamarans compare very similarly on base price but there are a few differences.

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The Bali 4.0 has a unique single cockpit / saloon area, entirely flush and unencumbered by bulkheads, accessible by a folding glass door on electric rams (kind of like a tilting garage door). This opens up the area and make it look like a much bigger boat. This catamaran combines some of the most innovative new characteristics in catamaran design which makes it a very desirable. It is quite a peppy sailboat and easy to maneuver.

Fountaine Pajot 40

The Fountaine Pajot 40 is replacing the Lipari 41 and is basically a smaller version of the successful Fountaine Pajot Helia 44 . It has a lot more volume than the Lipari, has a super stylish interior with island berths for the owner cabins (a much requested feature). It is lightweight but is smaller in volume than most of the the other models. However, because the living space was moved forward in the bows, there is still lots of room. We have not seen a boat yet, so the jury is out on how the boat will perform with these new changes. This model will be unveiled at the Paris boat show in December [2015].

The Leopard 40 ( video ) is heavier than the other models. The bridgedeck clearance is lower than those seen on French or Canadian cruising catamarans. Their philosophy is that a lower bridgedeck reduces the boat’s center of gravity with a wider stern to provide more buoyancy aft. However, a higher bridgedeck clearance translates into less slamming. We have owned cats with lower and higher clearances and a higher bridgedeck clearance definitely has less slamming. Read this article about bridgedeck clearance to make your own informed decision.

Lagoon 400S2

The Lagoon 400S2 has been on the market for a couple of years and is extremely popular. The S2 has decent performance with a lot of interior volume as can be seen here in the specifications. It has the biggest volume of the five 40ft catamaran models. This volume is said (by the competition) to translate into less performance but judging from rallies held around the world, it seems that the Lagoon really holds it’s own. Judging by the feedback from delivery skippers and owners on performance, the 400S2 makes a good performing cruising yacht. The interior is luxurious, accommodations are spacious and the cockpit is a nice size, easy to sail and good for a live aboard couple.

All of these catamarans are very acceptable cruising catamarans for a couple with lots of interior and exterior living space. These cats will do well as live-aboard and well as charter boats. Much of your choice will depend on personal preference. Do you prefer a “luxurious” interior, lots of interior volume and reasonable sailing performance, a more innovative design and optimal performance. Is chartering or cruising your ultimate goal or do you prefer a bit of both? All of these things should be weighed before you make a final choice.

40-Ft Catamaran Comparison Table

253,000€ 261,600€ 255,000€ 288,465€ 271,000€
39.14ft 39.3ft 38.5ft 39ft 39.4ft
22ft 23.9ft 21.75ft 21ft 22.1ft
3.67ft 4ft 3.94ft 4.5ft 4.1ft
17,636lbs 22,535lbs 19,580lbs 17,160t 23,215lbs
1,134.5ft 954ft 1,022ft 979ft 1,032ft
2 x 20hp 2 x 29hp 2 x 20hp 2 x 30hp 2 x 29hp
105 Gal 106 Gal 79.3 Gal 79 Gal 95 Gal
211.3 Gal 79 Gal 140 Gal 127 Gal 206 Gal
59ft 66.7ft 63.3ft 65ft 63.1ft
3 3 3   3
2 or 3 2 or 3 2 or 3   2

*Please note that these prices are subject to change by manufacturers at any time. Specifications provided by the manufacturers.

*Options are available in engines, sails, cabin/head configurations and other options like generators, watermakers, etc.

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