When I was looking at catamarans in Marines de Cogolin, FR, I went aboard one of the Absolute 50. I was in France
to see a Cata 45 Custom designed by Christophe Barreau. Two of these were built using the deck
from a Catana
43. Barreau is the designer
of the Catanas after Crowther.
Barreau also designed the Absolute 50. It had many similarities to the Cata 45. It was fitted out much better, but was not as fast. I was told that the first Absolute had hulls that had too flat a bottom and tended to slip sideways under pressure. The second boat had the hulls deepened to provide a better bite in the water
I was not impressed by the level of finish in the interior
. It was more of a Beneteau
production boat level. My wife and I were not impressed by the boat and it was very expensive. Both boat were for sale
at the time.
I was told that the project was started by a dentist who wanted to build his kind of catamaran
. Barreau wanted to use what he had learned from the Catana 471 and the Cata 45. Check out the Cata 45 video on uTube.