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Launched - Maine Cat’s new cruiser

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Dick Vermeulen set out three years ago to develop a performance cruising catamaran based on the design of his company’s Maine Cat 30 but with added space. The result is the Maine Cat 41.

Light, fast and easy to sail, the Maine Cat 41 has an open bridge deck design that offers seating for 10, with additional seating for six at the saloon table, according to the company. The bridge deck/cockpit can be enclosed with window flaps lowered from the hardtop.

“It’s a boat to go boating with,” says Vermeulen.

The centralized helm is the hub for all controls, with halyards, sheets and control lines led to the bridge deck/cockpit. The 41-foot catamaran is equipped with twin 27-hp Yanmars. It has twin retractable daggerboards (30-inch to 7-foot draft) and fixed balanced spade rudders.

Below decks, the port hull includes a U-shaped galley aft with a double sink, four-burner propane stove, refrigerator and separate chest freezer. A guest queen-sized berth is amidships, and forward of that is a private head with vanity sink, marine head and shower. The entire starboard hull is devoted to the master stateroom, with queen-sized berth, changing area and head. Forward of the stateroom is space that can be used as an office.

The Maine Cat 41 is built of vacuum-bagged Core-Cell structural foam and weighs in at 12,000 pounds, according to the company. It was being offered an introductory price of $312,000, though the company planned to increase the price by about 10 percent after the first four were sold. Contact Maine Cat, Bremen, Maine. Phone: (207) 529-6500. www.mecat.com