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Old 19-01-2016, 04:47   #1
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Solaris 43 - Any Info?

Hey guys,

I'm looking for some info on a solaris 43 - anyone heard of one of these? This is the boat in question.



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Old 19-01-2016, 09:35   #2
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Re: Solaris 43 - Any Info?

Solaris is a high quality manufacturer of fine Italian sailboats. I know about their 43 monohull, but never heard about a multihull manufactured by them.

Who is the manufacturer of this multi-hull Solaris 43?
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Old 19-01-2016, 09:42   #3
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Good question.

They're known as Solaris Catamarans (google "Solaris 42 catamaran") but different to the Italian monohull producer Solaris.

The only results I can find are for Solaris 36 and 42 models, and they don't seem to share many similarities with this 43...

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Old 19-01-2016, 18:19   #4
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Solaris was a British catamaran manufacturer, out of business now.
The 36' was originally 34' but stretched two feet. Designed by Erik LeRouge.
Don't know who designed the others.
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Solaris was a British catamaran manufacturer, out of business now.

The 36' was originally 34' but stretched two feet. Designed by Erik LeRouge.

Don't know who designed the others.

The original Sunstar was actually 32' and extended 4' to 36'. Solaris also built the Sunrise 36, a 24'er and the older 42'. I'm sure they built others as well.


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Re: Solaris 43 - Any Info?

And then there is this Solaris 52.
1975 Solaris Catamaran Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com

It's the only one out there I believe.
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-----The original Sunstar was actually 32' and extended 4' to 36'. -----
Thanks smj, don't know where I got 34' from.
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Re: Solaris 43 - Any Info?

As pointed out, the Sunstar 36 and 32 were designs by Eric Lerouge whereas the Sunrise 36 (as well as the earlier 42) were designd by Terry Compton. My Sunstream 40 was based upon the Cherokee 35, which was designed by J. R. (Rod) MacAlpine-Downie. As to the designer of the 43, I have no idea.

In addition to the series-produced boats referred to above, Solaris Yachts also built some one-offs from the molds of some discontinued cats. I suspect that the 43 and 52 are likely examples of the same. While I can't speak to these particular designs, I can echo the earlier comment about the reputation of Solaris for high-quality construction.

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Re: Solaris 43 - Any Info?

Cool - thanks guys. Appreciate the info. I'll see if I can do some more digging...

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Hey guys,

I'm looking for some info on a solaris 43 - anyone heard of one of these? This is the boat in question.



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This boat was a one off design by the current owner Phil Wise, based around a pair of Solaris 42 hulls originally laid up in 1996. She was launched in 2002 and spent a number of years in the med, predominantly in Malta.
Returned to the UK in 2012.

Fairly large main saloon, but very narrow berths (approx 3.5 ft), and narrow galley down layout.
She is currently ashore in Plymouth at the Multimarine yard ( home of Dazcat) in need of some serious drying out due to leaky windows.

She has been a bit neglected of late if you ask me.

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This boat was a one off design by the current owner Phil Wise, based around a pair of Solaris 42 hulls originally laid up in 1996. She was launched in 2002 and spent a number of years in the med, predominantly in Malta.
Returned to the UK in 2012.

Fairly large main saloon, but very narrow berths (approx 3.5 ft), and narrow galley down layout.
She is currently ashore in Plymouth at the Multimarine yard ( home of Dazcat) in need of some serious drying out due to leaky windows.

She has been a bit neglected of late if you ask me.

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Thanks Dwayne. We were very interested in the boat but the narrow berths and small'ish cockpit ultimately put us off.

Hey ho, back to dreaming about Nautitech Open 40's....

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This boat was a one off design by the current owner Phil Wise, based around a pair of Solaris 42 hulls originally laid up in 1996. She was launched in 2002 and spent a number of years in the med, predominantly in Malta.
Returned to the UK in 2012.

Fairly large main saloon, but very narrow berths (approx 3.5 ft), and narrow galley down layout.
She is currently ashore in Plymouth at the Multimarine yard ( home of Dazcat) in need of some serious drying out due to leaky windows.

She has been a bit neglected of late if you ask me.

Regards

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Hey Dwayne,

Just digging up this thread again - how well do you know the boat? It's a 5hr one way trip for us to go view her and your drying out comment has me a bit worried.....

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