First glance: the Ovnicat 48 aluminum multihull

Inevitable combination of the aluminum yacht and multihull trend, the Ovnicat 48 is a new all-purpose catamaran, reports Rupert Holmes

It is easy to assume that all sturdy metal yachts are very heavy. While this was once the case for steel designs, it is a different matter for aluminum which, before carbon fiber became feasible, was frequently used for competitive racing yachts and at from which the Ovnicat 48 is built.

This means that it was almost inevitable that two of the biggest trends in cruiser yacht design – expedition yachts and multihulls – would merge at some point. The Garcia Explocat 52, launched in late 2020, wasn’t the company’s first aluminum catamaran, but it brought the concept to a wider audience.

Meanwhile, Ovni, which has built 1,500 deep-draught aluminum monohulls over the past 50 years, was also developing a concept multihull of Design 48. The first two have already been sold, with one set to launch in 2024. .

We don’t have many details yet, but it looks like an attractive design from Mortain and Mavrikios, with more emphasis on sailing in warm waters and temperate climates than the other yachts in this selection.

Despite the sturdy nature of the boat, the laden displacement is less than that of most similarly sized cruising catamarans, which promises fast and enjoyable sailing without the worries of flimsier fiberglass construction.

Specifications Ovnicat 48

LOA: 14.50m / 47ft 6in
Beam: 7.75m / 25ft 6in
Draft: 1.35m / 4ft 5in
Base price: €1,200,000 excluding VAT
Manufacturer: alubat.com


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