I had a chance to sail a new Outremer
52 today. Here are my personal thoughts for those who are interested with this boat..
The one we sailed had every possible options you could buy with a price
tag close to 1 Mio €. She also had rotating carbon mast
, upgraded sails
and famous carbon tiller... I had already sailed carbon mast
catamarans including Gunboat but this was the first one with rotating mast..(I'll come to that later..)
As one would expect, for a 52 ft catamaran
, the boat has slimmer hulls and relatively small saloon
. Overall volume could be compared to Helia or Lagoon
450.. The finish is OK but nothing exceptional.
The sea was rather flat , occasional swells around 30-40 cm max.
We were 4 on board all experienced sailors, the boat was pretty heavy and almost always trimmed the best possible way, with the exception of dagger boards
which remained always fully inserted in water
. I don't know how much this would have changed the outcome, but the skipper
said "not much", so we didn't bother about them.During the test we just used the main an standard overlapping gib.
The speed over water
display was not working, so real wind
reading was not available.
The boat is fast but not as much as I thought she could be; AWA display was not calibrated but my guess she can go to 30 degrees if streched. We did around 9 kts SOG at this angle at 20-22 kts of AW. (Gunboat had given 11 kts at couple of degrees less AWA to compare with..With Helia or Orana
we could have had 7,5-8 kts at 35-40 degrees AWA but much more leeway)
Rotating mast add 1 kt or so to the speed but has another advantage; much easier reefing the main. You don't have to turn to full wind
and sometime even furl the gib to take a reef; you simply rotate the mast to the wind..
The boat sails
to every angle pretty well, tack easily.
If you like cruising with yr wife, laid back with the beer
in yr hand, this boat is probably not for you. She is very responsive to trimming, if you are lazy, she may only be marginally faster than an ordinary charter
She is also not easily singhanded with two genoa
winches apart from each other 5 meters..(This will be less of an issue if you call for self tacking small gib)
The deck equipment
is the best you get in the market.
2X40 Volvo's are pushing the boat very well but I didn't like the electrically controlled gas levers; hyper sensitive.
The added 2 ft to the outgoing Outremer
49 seems to be paying dividends, the payload now is more than satisfactory.
seems to be in line with those of Catana
of similar size.