I'm from your neibour country Sweden and bought an 2008 Orana two years ago. It was a privately owned boat located in Croatia
. Thought I give you a review.
First, I like the Orana. That's why I bought it. But there are many great boats out there, the challenge is to find the one that fits YOUR priorities.
well. 13,1m length, 109 sqm sail, 9.8 ton factory lightweight. Designers cannot beat physics. Compare these numbers to other similar cats and you'll get the point. I think sailing ability is why FP is so popular in the private market (not only charter). Put folding/feathering props (cheapest performance booster your can buy) on it and keep the bottom clean and you will frustrate many cats who think they should be faster.
Decent bridge deck
clearance. Keep it light. I get some slams upwind here in the Caribbean
, but every cat will or I think the owner isn't telling the true story or not going upwind. I do, always sailing.
It seems to be built strong where its most important. Compare the dimensions of the mast
profile and standing rigging
. Seems one size bigger than most other similar sized cats. Why put 14mm shrouds on it if that kind of load hasn't gone into the equation of the load carrying part of the hull
. The interior
is a bit flimsy, but I take that weight saving trade-off. Honycomb would be better, but then you talking a different price level.
Light wood with round corners throughout the interior
. This generation FPs got it right in my view. Many earlier cats has darker wood and newer sharp corners. Don't like either.
Very well designed cockpit
. Big table. Do this test on different cats in this size. Put eight dinner plates on the table and see how much space there is. For casual entertainment, with the bench opposite the settee and that you can easy enter the aft bench from behind, you can sit many without having to step over peoples laps. And everybody has a backrest.
bench can sit 2-3 people and your still in contact with the people in the cockpit
. I'm 2m tall. The Orana works for me and it limited my choices
Forward cabins. You sleep with head
forward so you don't have to be an acrobat to get into it if the better half is already in it.
The master cabin
is very nice with the true walk around bed
. Feel spacious and airy when in it.
What I wish they done different.
As on many cats, the anchor
enters just in front of the mast
. If you anchor
where its shallow and windy, its a true challenge to get the anchor up without the chain touching the hulls. Catana
has in my view the best solution with an anchor roller under the front beam and the chain runs under the tramp to the mast. This post reminded me that I need to get one of these fittings and it will be fine.
should hoist the dinghy
higher. It's OK if sail within a weather
window, but I'm not sure I would like to have the dinghy
there running an ocean gale.
The toilets in the heads are compact size and narrow, but it should be a problem for us slim Scandinavians.
I'd like the galley
to be bigger and with true double sinks. More storage
needed, but might the case on all cats in this size. The storage
for the garbage bin is bigger than the door, making it frustrating to get the bag out if you filled it to much (I always do and swear). The built in fridge is great though and power efficient.
Would I buy it again? Absolutely. By above, what is important to me the Orana does very well. It meets MY priories and buying
used you get a lot of boat for a money.
On the VAT issue. I imported another boat from US. Came by cargo ship through Germany
, and I paid 19% German VAT. In Sweden, VAT is a customs matter. Registration has nothing to do with it and doesn't even check by the registration office if VAT has been paid on the vessel.
Good luck and enjoy your boat search and shopping