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New European powercat available in N.E.

The 26-foot ExciteCat was designed by the same naval architect behind the Lagoon Power 43

The 26-foot ExciteCat was designed by the same naval architect behind the Lagoon Power 43

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-foot powercats, and covers all of New England south through the Mid-Atlantic states.

South Coast Catamarans of Kemah, Texas, also offers the line.

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 43.

“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 May of this year received his ExciteCat 810 demonstration model after visiting Spain last summer.

The boat is actually built in Brittany, France. It 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 $207,157 at press time.

Molds are being produced for a 30-foot ExciteCat model, Vale says.

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.

The pair agrees that the location in Westbrook is advantageous.

Novakowski has been there for about 20 years, and Vale used to help him out with commissioning when Novakowski ran the Westbrook Sailing Center, a Jeanneau and Bavaria dealer that preceded Sound Yachts.

“We’re lucky here in Westbrook because we have so many good people,” says Vale. “We pretty much just draw from all the people around who are experts, instead of trying to keep one or two people on staff who aren’t experts.”

Sound Yachts currently deals Bavaria and Elan sailboats.;