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BOATYARD SPOTLIGHT
Words by Lia Ditton
CATANA
Through hard work and dedication Catana Catamarans have built an enviable
reputation for producing great sea boats with a turn of speed.
The Catana 65 Yachts is ‘almost dead’ according to marketing director of
the group, Serge Paillard, Catana with her 150 workers in
his attracted a loyal and at one time large client
Perpignan and 80 in the factory in La Rochelle, looks set to
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base who liked to cruise, race and rally with like
survive ‘la crise,’ at least, for now. On hearing news of the
minded individuals all over the world- does this
French superyacht builder, Couach going under protection of
new direction stay true to the tradition of Catana
the Tribunal de Commerce in Bordeaux for failure to negotiate
– we visited to find out!
restructuring of its debt and employee redundancies at
Beneteau, Catana’s directors believe that the new Catana 46
I count three brand new Catana 50s in build, one 3 year old 50 will be Catana’s key to future success. At present, Catana
being stripped for design development, plus one 58 on hold (no Catamarans turns over an average of more than €35 million
payment, no work). The new-to-the-range Catana 46 brings per year, where each boat, bar the 65 and above, averages 1
the tally of boats in construction up to 6, in front of which a million euros.
support frame is being craned together to build an even-newer-
to-the-range Catana that we can’t yet talk about. The individual Started in 1994-5, the original Catana was an Australian,
hulls of the second Catana 92 sit shrink wrapped in the outside Lock Crowther designed 40 footer. With daggerboards and a
compound, awaiting an owner, yet touch wood (and there is short coach roof, the Crowther Catana had hulls that canted
plenty of that in a Catana) there has so far been no need to lay off inwards, to spread the load and bring the weight central.
or half-time any of the staff. Paillard refers to this as ‘the DNA of the first Catana boats.’
Sitting in the water opposite the Catana compound are a
The public holding company Groupe Poncin Yachts, own couple of examples, since the Atelier PHISA shipyard bought
Locwind, White Shark, Sea Hawk and Harmony Yachts as well the moulds and continue to produce the early design under the
as Catana Catamarans. While the monohull market for Harmony Pôle Marine brand.
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