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Navstation with onboard computer, main chartplotter, backup chartplotter, main autopilot, main GPS, true wind indicator, apparent wind indicator, pactor modem, Pactor III modem, backup radar, backup autopilot, backup GPS, Digital barometer, Wifi bridge, Wifi router, C.A.R.D. System, Skymate email system & Entertainment Center controls.
At the helm: Color chartplotter/radar/fishfinder, forward looking depthsounder, main autopilot controller, backup autopilot controller & engine controls.
Main Salon, folding table and red alcantara upholstery.

Simpatica is a Catana 471 Owner’s Version from 2001 (hull number 42). She was built for Bruce Cunard, who ordered it in March of 2000 when there was a 15 month wait for a boat. Bruce hired a surveyor to oversee the construction of the boat at the factory. It was launched on July 3, 2001, on Sam Cunard’s 9th birthday. Bruce and his family sailed the Med, across the Atlantic, the Caribbean, up the US East Coast to New York City for over a year before taking Simpatica to their home in Annapolis, MD.

We bought Simpatica from Bruce in October 2003 and took her to Ft. Lauderdale where we spend 6 months getting her ready for our circumnavigation. On May 2004 we finally set sail and almost 3 years later we sailed back into port after a succesful cirumanvigation. Simpatica exceeded all our expectations sailing around the world; she is a fast, comfortable and seaworthy boat who took us through all possible kind of seas and places with ease and confidence.

Simpatica is particulary well equipped for long range cruising, especially to far off places where diesel, water and provisions in general are hard to get or of dubious quality.

As expamples of this, the energy on the boat is planned around the concept of Energy Unlimited , in which the core of the energy system are the batteries, all sources of power actually simply charge the batteries, and all consuption of power draws from the batteries including AC through an inverter. The boat has a 12v diesel battery charger, both engines have an extra alternator, there are 8 solar panels and the can be pluged to 110v or 220v shore power anywhere on the world. And all critical systems are fully backed-up.


Builder: Catana
Model: 471
Hull Shape: Catamaran
Designer: Christophe Barreau
Hull Material: Composite (Twaron hulls & deck & Carbon fiber bulkheads)
Year: 2001
Version: Owner (three cabins, starboard hull devoted entirely to owner’s cabin).

LOA: 47′ / 14,3 meters
LOA with bowsprit: 50′ / 15.2 meters
LWL: 45′3″ / 13.8 meters
Beam: 25′ / 7,6 meters
Minimum Draft: 2′9″ / 90 centimiters
Maximum Draft: 7′6″ / 2 metersf
Mast height 70′6″ / 22.5 meters (DWL aprox)
Bridge Clearance: 6′6″ / 2 meters
Headroom: 7′1″ / 2.2 meters
Displacement: 21,650 lbs / 9,820 Kg

Engine Brand: Volvo Penta
Model: MD22L
Engine Type: Inboard
HP per engine: 55
Drive Type: Sail drive
Propeller: 3 blade folding propeller
Year Built: 2001
Cruising speed: 8.5 knots
Maximum speed: 10 knots

Holding Tanks: 35 gallons / 136 liters (2 tanks of 13 gallons / 68 liters each) Safe Hoses Throughout
Fuel: 212 gallons / 802 liters (2 tanks of 106 gallons / 401 liters each)
Water: 176 gallons / 667 liters (2 tanks of 334 liters each)

“Noyer de BASSAM” Interior
Red Alcantara upholstery
Number of cabins: 3
Number of double berths: 3
Number of bathrooms: 2
Number of heads: 2 (Safe Hoses Throughout)
Stb Aft King Size Berth with custom made spring mattress
Port Aft King Converts to 2 Singles
Port Fwd Double Berths
Stb Fwd Enormous Owner’s Head & Shower Area. (SeaLand electrical toilet with teak toilet seat & cover)
Port Guest cabins are Split by Common Head & Shower
Many Cabinets
Many Hanging Lockers
Large custom forward facing navigation station with custom rotating seat
Halogen lighting with dimmer (saloon and cockpit) with variator

Complete Sailing Instruments B&G
Raymarine RL70C color chartplotter, radar, fishfinder repeater in main cabin
Raymarine RL70C color chartplotter, ratar, fishfinder repeater in steering station
Interphase Probe forward looking soonar in steering station
ICOM-M710R2 SSB w/ ICOM AT-130 Antena Tuner w/ shakespeare 23′ Whip tied into Twin Dynaplates + 5Sq meters Copper Mesh.
Pactor II SSB Modem w/Pactor III Software Upgrade
IRIDIUM Motorolla 9500 Satellite Phone w/ Complete Interface
B&G Electronics Hydra 2000 FFDs Port & Stb Helm Stations & at Nav Station.
Furuno M1732 Radar 36Miles, Interface to GPS, Functions: Watch, Zoom, Alarms, LCD Screen
NMEA Data GPS Speed, Wind, Temp Output, RS32 Format
Ericsson fixed GSM cell phone with external antenna, up to 50 miles coverage.
Wind speed and direction
TV set
DVD player
CD player

Sails & Rigging
Fully battened mainsail (brand new, never used)
Fully battened mainsail (spare, used)
Genoa (brand new, never used)
Genoa (spare, used)
Furl-in Reacher (lightly used)
Sail area 1840 sq ft
7/8 sloop rig
Espace composite white carbon fiber mast
JP Marechal white aluminum crossbeam with white Espace composite carbon fiber bow sprit
Harken batcar system
Profurl roller furling headstay & forestay
Harken winch handles
Spinlock VC rope clutches
Harken 52 2-speed electric mainsail utility winch
Harken 53 2-speed Gennaker winches
Harken 48 2-speed mainsail sheet winches
Harken 44 2-speed secondary winches
Harken 44 2-speed halyard winch
Fully rigged for spinnaker and asymmetrical spinnaker.
Inside Equipment
Hot water
Fresh water maker
Washing machine
Microwave oven
Deep freezer
Electric bilge pumps
Manual bilge pumps
Battery charger
Hot water
Fresh water maker
Marine heads

Outside Equipment/Extras
New trampoline (Installed by Catana in November 2006)
Swimming ladder
Cockpit shower
Electric windlass
8 Solar panel (Siemens, 75 Watts each)
Cockpit cushions
Cockpit table

11′ Zodiac RIB dinghy with 25-hp Yamaha outboard
Composite hardtop bimini with spray shield and side curtains
Cockpit seats
Swedish bow pulpits with teak seats
Pioneer speakers under swedish bow pulpits for music in the trampoline area
Custom Sunbrella awning
Two boarding gates and two transom gates
Hot/cold transom shower
Retractable S/S swim ladder
11′ aluminum folding gangway
Tri-color masthead light
Deck-level running lights
Combination steaming/deck flood lights
Eight dock lines and eight fenders
Double anchor rollers
Lewmar Ocean 3 anchor windlass with 340′ 3/8″ high-test chain and 300′ 5/8″ nylon rode
55# CQR anchor with chain and rode
FOB anchor with chain and rode
25-kilo Delta fast-set anchor with 150′ 10-mm chain
Whim aluminum davits with Spinlock rose clutches
12V Flojet salt water deck washdown
Grill: Magma Marine Kettle

Bimini Top
Bimini Top
Mainsail cover

Electrical Equipment
Equipped with 12V DC, 220V AC 50-Hz service and 110V AC 60-Hz service, utilizing an electrical panel of switches wired to circuit breaker boxes in various locations throughout the vessel to save weight and prevent electrical fires from damaging the entire electrical system. The solar panels are mounted on top of the hard-top bimini and the generator is located on the port engine room.
Eight 75-watt Siemens solar panels
Eight 115-amp gel house batteries (920 AH total) New, Installed in 2006.
Two 115-amo gel engine batteries (230-AH total)
110V Inverter/Charger: Mastervolt Dakar Combi 12/1500 auto battery charger.
220V Charger: Mastervolt Dakar 12/100
Six 12V, five 110V and two 220V interior outlets
One 30-amp and one 50-amp shore cord
Two 12V exterior outlets (one in each engine room)
Generator: Fisher Panda AGT 4000 12 Volt battery Charger. 300 Amps peak output, 230 continous output. Charges battery bank on 1 hours a day on average. Consumes 1 pint per hour aprox.
Electric Remote Relay System.
Alarm of Discharge of Batteries.
Water & Fuel gauges
Digital Amp & Voltmeter

6-person life raft
Horseshoe life ring with strobe
Safety harnesses
Flare kit
Life jackets
Fire extinguishers

Fully Equiped Galley
Aft Galley W/Large kitchen counter top
Corian countertop
Two sinks with hot/cold pressure water
Manual fresh water pump/watermaker tap
Water purifying drinking water filter and tap
Remote solenoid connected to a 30-lb propane tank in vented locker with pressure gauges
Frigoboat freezer and refrigerator with the keel cooler system, silent & efficient.
Both Freezer & Fridge Water Cooled
Stove FORCE 10 3 Burners

Navigation Station
Main Sat phone: Motorola 9500 with dock station for Iridium
Backup Sat phone: Thrane for InmaSat Mini-M
Main autopilot: Raymarine ST7001 Autopilot controller, with Gyro
Backup autopilot: B&G
Main GPS: Raymarine RN300 GPS
Backup GPS: Furuno GPS GP31
Main Radar: Raymarine
Backup Radar: 24-mile Furuno radar
Main deptsounder: Raymarine
Backup depthsounder: B&G
Main chartplotter: Raymarine RL 80 C Color Chartplotter/fishfinder/radar
Backup chartplotter: Raymarine RL 70 Monochrome Chartplotter/fishfinder/radar
Full B&G instrument package
Weatherfax: Furuno Fax30
C.A.R.D. system
On board computer: Toshiba Tecra A3 on a docking station tucked away and connected to 1) boat instruments 2) Iridium phone for data 3) Mini-M phone for data 4) SCS Pactor Modem for SSB data 5) Skymate email system for data 6) Ocens Satellite receiver for data-in, 7) printer 8) Linksys wireless router 9) Nav Station mounted screen 10) nav station wireless keyboard and mouse 11) fixed GSM cell phone for GPRS data
SSB: Icom 710 SSB .ICOM-M710R2 SSB w/ ICOM AT-130 Antena Tuner w/ shakespeare 23′ Whip.
VHF: Shipmate RS8300 VHF with remote
Vetus MeteoLiner digital barometer
Entertainment center: Pioneer AVH-P7500DVD DVD Player, AM/FM Tuner, TV receiver, MP3 player, connected to PC/iPod

Engine Area
Well-insulated engines located aft in each hull with access via moonlight teak-laid hatches
Two Volvo MD22L 55-hp at 3400-rpm
Two Volvo SD120 sail-drive transmissions
Two 3-blade folding Volvo props
Four 60-amp alternators
Two Racor fuel/water separators
Two CAV fuel filters
One set of engine controls at starboard helm station
Watermaker: Spectra Catalina with MPC 3000 controller and Z-Brane unit
Four automatic bilge pumps
Two Plastimo manual bilge pumps
Two 8-gallon water heaters
Two fresh water pumps with accumulator tank and switch over safety valves

Entertainment System
Pioneer AVH-P7500DVD DVD Player, AM/FM Tuner, TV receiver, MP3 player, connected to PC/iPod.
Audiobahn A5100T Amplifier
2 Audiobahn A4002T Amplifiers
Marshall 17inch fold down screen for watching in the main salon inside or outside (main salon)
5 bose surround speakers (saloon)
2 Audiobahn subwoofers (saloon)
2 Pioneer Speakers (aft deck)
2 Pioneer Speakers (fore deck, trampoline)

Light & fan
Tool lockers and wall

The Catana 471 is the best catamaran on the cruising catamaran’s market under 50 feet : Strong, comfortable, safe, and high performe.

Port Accommodations
Forepeak has sail storage with access via a moonlight deck hatch. Forward stateroom has a slated double berth with large storage area below. Outboard, aft of berth, is a seat and wardrobe locker. Inboard, aft of berth, are a wardrobe and a hanging locker. There is moonlight “sea-view” port light outboard with built-in mosquito screen/sun shade and a moonlight escape hatch inboard with mosquito screen/sun shade for ventilation. The amidships passageway has a head compartment for guests and bookshelves outboard. Inboard are two wardrobe lockers/pantry and companionway steps to the bridge deck. There is a moonlight port light for ventilation. Head compartment has a Jabsco toilet with holding tank, macerator pump and Y-valve for overboard discharge. There is a molded vanity with countertop, hot/cold pressure water and hand-held shower with teak grate and sump pump. There are two moonlight port lights for ventilation. Aft stateroom has a king berth which easily converts to two single berths with a large storage area below and bookshelf inboard. Outboard at the foot of the berth is a dressing seat with two wardrobe lockers above. Inboard forward hanging locker. There is a moonlight “sea-view” port light outboard with built-in mosquito screen/sun shade and moonlight port light inboard for ventilation.

Starboard Accommodations
Forepeak has a workshop with access via a moonlight deck hatch. Forward head compartment has a large molded shower stall with hot/cold pressure shower, teak grate and sup pump. Aft of the shower compartment is a molded vanity. Hot/cold pressure water, built-in washing machine and medicine cabinet. There is a moonlight “sea-view” port light outboard with built-in mosquito screen/sun shade inboard for ventilation. Aft is a private water closet with a SeaLand VacuFlush fresh water toilet with holding tank, macerator pump and Y-valve for overboard discharge. There is a moonlight port light for ventilation. Amidships passageway has bookshelves and a locker starboard. Inboard are three wardrobe lockers and companionway steps. Outboard there is a desk and office drawers/printer combination. There is a moonlight portlight for ventilation. Aft stateroom has a king berth with a large storage area below, a bookshelf with two lockers and open center inboard. Outboard and forward, at the foot end of the bed, is a Chartplotter. Outboard and forward of the bed is a settee with a vanity table aft and a desk forward. Inboard are two wardrobe lockers. There is a moonlight “sea-view2 port light outboard with built-in mosquito screen/sun shade and moonlight port light inboard for ventilation.

Bridge accomodations
L-shaped galley forward to port. Excellent dry storage with lockers below and outboard of countertop, along with a Corian countertop bar built into the cockpit bulkhead and 17″ LCD TV mounted on a swing arm to adjust for viewing. Salon is adjacent to the galley. Bose premium sound system, DVD/MP3 player including powered sub-woofer and amplifiers. Built-in chart drawer is located under the dining table. All cushions upholstered in alcantara. Nav station is to starboard facing forward. The nav station has a desk, electronics console and seat. Cockpit has an L-shaped seating area to port and large custom teak table. There are port/starboard steering stations aft and outboard with easy access to both transoms via walk-through aft crossbeam. Pioneer sound system speakers, separate and external VHF handset and speakers. The teak-covered cockpit has two large cockpit lockers and one large cockpit seat locker. At the base of the mast are four lockers (2 fuel tank and 2 anchor/chain).

Interior finish
Beautiful foam-cored high-gloss varnished Noyer de Bassam interior, Alcantara upholstery and a no-maintenance laminate sole.

Other Information
The outer hulls molds and one inner hull-bridge deck mold are vacuum-bagged using vinylester resin cored with PVC closed-cell foam with unidirectional cloth for outer laminate and Twaron aramid cloth for inner laminate.

The separately molded daggerboards trunks are laminated to be seven times stronger than the daggerboards. The spade rudders have self-adjusting JP3 bushings with Lecombe & Schmidt dual hydraulic steering coupled to wood-trimmed carbon fiber wheels.

The deck/coachroof is a one-piece mold, vacuum-bagged with unidirectional cloth for outer laminate and Twaron aramid cloth for inner laminate and molded diamond pattern non-skid decks.

The deck-to-hull joint is bonded fiberglass creating a seamless waterproof and rigid structure.

The Catana 471’s innovations include total mainsail management from the safety of the cockpit via a two speed electric winch, wide clean flat decks with all sail control lines lead aft under the deck with no lines and no hatches to trip over. Catana’s ocean view port lights provide excellent ventilation into the lower hulls. The two outer hull molds and one inner hull/bridgedeck mold are vacuum bagged using vinylester resin, cored with closed cell foam with unidirectional cloth for outer laminate & Twaron aramid cloth for inner laminate. The separately molded daggerboard trunks are laminated to be seven times stronger than the daggerboards. The Daggerboards are reversible in event of damage due to a grounding. All bulkheads are cored Nidacore honeycomb core with carbon fiber on both sides. The deck/coachroof is a one piece mold, vacuum-bagged using vinylester resin, cored with Nidacore honeycomb with unidirectional cloth for outer laminate & Twaron aramid cloth for inner laminate, and molded diamond pattern non-skid decks. The deck to hull joint is bonded by fiberglass creating a seamless leak proof and thus waterproof structure.
Catana’s assymetrical hull hull shape, tulip shaped bows, and weight placement ensures a better motion at sea and less hobby-horsing. Catana’s daggerboards greatly increases windward pointing & headway making capabilities, while offering added safety in storm sea conditions.

Catana’s exclusive use of the aramid fiber Twaron for the inner laminate of the entire structure, along with a Divinycell closed cell foam core, and foam cored furniture insures fast cruising speeds while providing luxurious accommodations and all of the creature comforts one would like to have.

Backup autopilot, backup GPS, digital barometer, Wifi bridge, C.A.R.D. System
DVD Player / Media Center. Amplifiers controls. Wifi router
Main salon. Wind, Depth and Speed Indicators.
OnBoard PC & Chartplotter
Reacher & Asymetrical Spinnaker bowsprit
Port stern steps. Port engine room entrance.
Port helm station with compass and LCD screen.
Main Cabin. Color chartplotter/radar/fishfinder. Custom made spring mattress.
Main Cabin Color chartplotter/radar/fishfinder
Office. Office drawers & file cabinets. Printer.
From the starboard hull looking at the bridge.
Main head. Shower and sink.
Main head. Sink. Toilet
Washer dryer
Onboard Computer installation. Toshiba Tecra on docking station with all boat connections. Running on 12v.
Starboard clothes locker.
Office. Office drawers and file cabinets. Printer.
Office. Printer.
NavStation. SSB.
Nav Station electrical panel.
Main Salon
Watermaker & Generator control panels.
Forward speakers.
Port hel station.
Main sail electric winch.
Antenna stand in dinghy davits.
Forward port cabin
Port alleyway
Port stern cabin
Port stern cabin
Port alleyway
Port head
Galley. Stove top, oven and freezer.
Custom made folding teak table.
Sun awnings.
Speed, Wind & Depth indicators.
Aft starboard steps and entrance to starboard engine room.
Engine room
Engine room
Engine room
fold up LCD TV.
Fold up LCD TV.
Fold up LCD TV.