South African boatbuilder Current Marine has sold what it claims is the lightest 46ft performance cruising catamaran in the world. Wahoo is a four-ton, Schionning-designed 46ft catamaran made from carbon, mast included.
Current Marine owner Julian Kneale says the boat, built on spec and dubbed Wahoo, a G-Force 1400 design, is about 700kg lighter than its nearest rival. The boat was recently sold to an American buyer.
“We were pushing the envelope, and you can’t sell a boat like that while it’s under construction, but an American buyer saw the website we set up to showcase the build progress, and he decided he wanted it,” Kneale says.
On completion, the catamaran was shipped to Tortola in the British Virgin Islands where the vessel made her maiden voyage through the Caribbean, cruising Panama all the way up to California.
The lightweight construction is based on combination of carbon and kevlar S-glass, a carbon rotating wing mast and carbon square top mainsail.
Owner Bill Gibbs has said in a statement that Wahoo reached a speed of 20 knots on her first long leg from Tortola to Guadeloupe, surfing down 10ft–15ft waves.
“Current Marine’s construction of hulls, structure and mast are excellent. She is a stiff boat and we took her through some pretty rough conditions where she performed like a champ,” Gibbs concludes.