PBS director Lee Condell travelled to the Cannes Yachting Festival to see all of the Aventura catamaran models, including the new A44 which was officially launched at the show, and he came away highly impressed.
“The sailing models, being the A34 and A44 are performance orientated having slimmer hulls than most production cats, so sparkling performance along with European flair and design. In fact a meeting with naval architect Samer Lasta, who had a booth at the show for his Lasta Design Studio, confirmed this as he talked us through his design philosophy for the Aventura designs and confirmed that the new 44 regularly sails at 16 knots, while the 34 achieves 12 knots plus.
Lasta has chosen the sport helm for the Aventura range as it offers great visibility, but allows the boom to be low enough for it to be really easy to pack the mainsail into the boom-bag. The helm position can be easily made weather proof with a helm station bimini and surrounds. Having viewed every catamaran at the show, and there was a huge number, I have to agree that this seems to be the best solution, and creates other advantages.
Having no helms in the cockpit vicinity and a generous hard-top makes the cockpit space particularly big, in fact the A34 is quite remarkable, and it becomes a fabulous area to entertain, or lounge out of direct sun.
The sliding door system with galley counter at the opening of the saloon to the cockpit means that food and drinks can easily be served to the cockpit, and allows continuity between the dinette in the saloon and the greater cockpit space. The galley and adjacent area has room for generous fridges and freezer, as well as stowage space.
In the standard layouts one hull is dedicated as an owners space with a very comfortable cabin, a separate shower and toilet, and vanity unit and stowage, while the opposite hull has two cabins, both doubles in the A44, but a double and generous single in the A34.
The 10m power-cat is a revelation! As a recent English review says its 33’ hulls offer the space of most 40 footers! And even in the 4-cabin layout that was on display it isn’t cramped at all, in fact the opposite. But you certainly get a remarkable amount of boat with simply enormous useable outdoor space. The combination of the amazing forward cockpit, flybridge and generous aft cockpit simply has to be seen to be believed. And at 70% of the cost of a 40 footer!
So it goes without saying that we are hugely excited about introducing this range to Australia, with first examples to be displayed here next year.”
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