Best blue water multihulls: ITA 14.99
The ITA 14.99 is a performance cruiser that offers a high build quality and a lot of appeal to cruisers in blue waters. Toby Hodges and François Tregouet discover why
A combination of sharp design from François Perus, whose Yacht Design Collective has worked with brands such as Catana and North Wind on their multihulls, and high build quality bring great appeal to the Italian-built sports catamaran the ITA 14.99.
The first example of this bluewater multihull, which sits comfortably in the performance cruiser category, was launched three years ago with a slight displacement of 10.5 tons, thanks to an epoxy-infused E-glass construction with carbon reinforcement. The yard offers semi-personalized construction and complete hybrid packages.
ITA Catamarans is a relatively new brand, but the team behind this 14.99 is no stranger to the business and has experience of many large Italian shipyards.
The result is a sleek looking boat with sleek dreadnought arches and a refreshing low profile coachroof. The twin helm stations are perched on the aft coaming, freeing up the cockpit for socializing, without compromising the stability of the boat by putting the weight of the helm on the coachroof.
The dreadnought’s bows are designed to give extra waterline length for speed, while the long, slender underwater profile of the hulls is optimized for comfort in the waves.
The flatter sections at the rear mean the ITA 14.99 should be able to glide easily at high speed, and the winch-lined daggerboards improve upwind performance. The high-tech foam sandwich layer and the use of carbon fiber in key areas keep the hulls light and stiff.
ITA price 14.99
1.2 M €
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