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The Spanish-built ExciteCat comes from the same naval architect as the Lagoon Power 44

The Spanish-built ExciteCat comes from the same naval architect as the Lagoon Power 44

Connecticut dealer Sound Catamarans has taken on the ExciteCat line of powerboats. The Westbrook shop is one of two U.S. dealers for the 26- and 32-foot powercats, and covers all of New England south through the Mid-Atlantic states.

South Coast Catamarans of Kemah, Texas, also offers the line and a Florida dealer soon will be announced.

In addition to the new ExciteCat line, Sound Catamarans is the New England dealer for Lagoon sailing and power catamarans, Privilege sailing catamarans and TransCat powercats.

Sound Catamarans president Ian Vale has been involved with the ExciteCat since Costa Blanca Catamarans of Spain introduced it in 2002.

“The ExciteCat came into my repertoire when at the Paris Boat Show I was introduced to the guys who were just starting the ExciteCat,” says Vale. He says Costa Blanca employed the same naval architect, Philippe Subrero, who designed the Lagoon Power 44.

“Lagoon had no plans to build a smaller power catamaran,” he says. “But I didn’t want to stray too far from what Lagoon [did offer].”

Vale started Sound Catamarans in fall 2000, and was solely a Lagoon dealer for the first few years. In fact, he says he sold the first Lagoon Power in the United States. (The buyer was boatbuilder Ted Hood, who used it for research and development.)

Vale next added the Privilege and TransCat lines, and in 2005 received his ExciteCat 810 demonstration model after visiting Spain.

The boat measures 26 feet, 5 inches LOA, with a beam of 12 feet, 7 inches, and a draft of 2 feet, 6 inches. The ExciteCat displaces 9,800 pounds.

Two versions are available, one with a flybridge and one without. Most people opt for the flybridge, Vale says, which costs about $10,000.

The saloon has a convertible dinette to port, and the lower steering station and galley to starboard. The galley comes equipped with a two-burner stove and a sink, with space for a refrigerator.

There is a stateroom with a double berth in each hull, and the head compartment is in the starboard hull.

“This is a very European boat,” says Vale. “This boat is very specifically designed as a multipurpose boat. It’s not a cruising boat pure and simple, and it’s not a fishing boat pure and simple. It’s kind of like an SUV.”

Power comes from a pair of diesel V-drives ranging from 75 hp to 240 hp each. Engine access hatches with gas struts are in the cockpit. The boat has a fuel capacity of 114 gallons and a water capacity of 27 gallons.

The ExciteCat 810 will cruise at 22 mph and reach a top speed of 25 mph when equipped with a pair of 160-hp Yanmar diesels. Pricing for this setup, including options such as the refrigerator, swim platform, water heater, electric toilet, electric windlass and flybridge, was $225,000 at press time.

The new 32-foot model, the ExciteCat 1010, is in production in Cartagena, Spain. Ted Novakowski, president of Westbrook sailboat dealer Sound Yachts, assists Sound Catamarans counterpart Vale in picking up the ExciteCat and Lagoon Power catamarans when they arrive in the United States.

The two companies share an office, and while no official ties connect the businesses, Vale and Novakowski often combine resources. Vale does the Web site for each company, which he describes as more of a hobby.

“We share as our strengths dictate,” says Vale.

Both have lived aboard in the Caribbean, cruised extensively, and share a business philosophy of getting very involved with the customer. Sound Yachts handles sailing monohulls exclusively.

“The businesses are very complementary, and our views are in lockstep,” says Novakowski.

Sound Yachts currently deals Bavaria and Elan sailboats. This summer, Vale established Sound Power to deal Spainish-built Astondoa monohulls powerboats from 39 to 138 feet.

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