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Multihull Solutions: Elba 45 arrival, Event Updates, Ex-Factory Pick-up Videos Launched

by Multihull Solutions 2 Apr 22:57 PDT
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It's certainly a tumultuous and challenging time, and we understand some clients have been impacted with COVID-19 disrupting work, travel and cruising plans. We want to assure all our valued clients that Multihull Solutions is on hand to assist in any way we can to help you stay safe and in control of your plans. 

Multihull Solutions places the safety and well-being of our team as a key priority and we have therefore temporarily closed the doors on our Sales Centres, but our team is working remotely and still contactable by email and phone to answer all of your queries.

The health crisis has had a major impact on events all around the world, including boat shows and scheduled open days throughout the Asia Pacific.  Read on for an update on changes to the 2020 events that we were scheduled to attend.

In the interim, we are very excited to announce our new Multihull Solutions Virtual Boat Show is almost ready to launch.  Stay tuned for how you can soon inspect a huge range of new and pre-owned boats at your leisure from the privacy of your home! It's also an excellent facility for those looking to sell their boat with exposure to a huge database of qualified buyers. 

We are also looking forward to the arrival of Australia's first Fountaine Pajot Elba 45. This spectacular new model will also be available for private inspections at a range of locations over the coming months subject to the ever-changing regulations on social distancing. Scroll down for more information.

This issue also has details of the launch of the amazing new South Sea Sailing day catamaran in Tahiti, and we are excited to bring you a fabulous new series of informative videos on picking up your new boat ex-factory in Europe.  

There are also special offers, including a digital subscription to SAIL magazine, free membership to Multihull Yacht Club QLD, plus a swag of great articles and owners' vlogs for you to enjoy over the weekend as you adjust to the new social isolation policies.

As always, please do not hesitate to
contact us for assistance with any multihull-related enquiry.

We look forward to chatting with you!

Fair winds and smooth sailing,
The Multihull Solutions team
Due to the impact of COVID-19 and updated government rulings restricting large gatherings, the following events have been postponed.

28 March:  Gold Coast Multihull Boat Show & Open Day -  Postponed

April:  Singapore Yacht Show - Postponed until 15-18 October 2020

April 15-19:  La Grande Motte Multihull Boat Show (France) - Postponed until 2021

May 21 - 24: Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show -  Postponed

30 July - 4 Aug:  Sydney International Boat Show - Cancelled for 2020

Despite these disruptions, sales of new and pre-owned multihulls is still very strong with several orders taken on a range of boats in the past weeks.

If you are thinking about selling your multihull, contact our team to find out how we can make this process efficient and hassle free for you. 

In the meantime, check out the extensive range of quality Pre-owned multihulls we have for sale in our Brokerage Division or view the stunning new models in our NEW BOATS range.

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We are excited to present a series of new videos that have been designed as an informative guide to those thinking about purchasing a new boat and picking it up from the factory in Europe once the COVID-19 crisis has passed. 

These videos are a fantastic tool that will answer all the questions you might have about the benefits of ex-factory pickup, the logistics involved, what to do before you arrive, your first sail and sail training, naming your boat, factory tours and much, much more.  

With more than 70 per cent of our clients now choosing to purchase their new boat and pickup ex-factory, these videos will give you an insight into why this has become such a popular and cost-saving option.

Click here to watch the Overview video for the series, or click on the button below to go to the full playlist of the European Delivery Video Series.

We hope you enjoy them and we'd love to hear what you think!


Fountaine Pajot Elba 45
By Multihulls World
Our rendezvous was scheduled on the Troia peninsula, south east of Lisbon. In early summer, conditions here are most often quite windy - the famous Portuguese trade winds. But we were going to have to be satisfied with a few puffs of northerly breeze... which in the end turned out to suit the Elba 45 quite well.

A pleasant surprise really, because this new baby is rather chubby: 14T as opposed to the 10.8 of the Helia 44. We’re not very far off the displacement of the Saba 50 - 1 5.7T. The sail area logically follows this increase: upwind, it goes from 115 m2 (1,240 sq ft) on the Hélia to 124 m2 (1,335 sq ft).

The Berret-Racoupeau team of naval architects and the yard's design office obviously took into account the wishes of customers in the market for a 45-foot cat intended for long-distance cruising as well as charter: to have maximum comfort. This means more volume - and therefore more material - and additional equipment. Hence a higher displacement.
Fountaine Pajot Motor Yachts - MY 40
May 2020
In Dusseldorf in 2019, Fountaine Pajot Motor Yachts plugged the gap between its existing models with the MY40, which has built on the outstanding layout and performance of its big sister by retaining the services of veteran French naval architect Daniel Andrieu and Italian interior architect Pierangelo Andreani.

Andrieu, 72, has stated that chief priorities were reconciling speed, low fuel consumption and outstanding stability, and these have been achieved with a hull design fine-tuned from the two previous models and the use of the IPS system, also used on the MY44.

The MY40 has 300hp IPS 400 drives as standard, with the 370hp IPS 500 as an option. The joystick simplifies docking and other manoeuvres, and with the engines well separated, no bow thruster is needed. Manoeuvrability? Tick.Developed by Volvo, the IPS system is also very quiet, free of vibrations and uses less room, freeing up more space in the hulls for the cabins.
Hull #1 of the new Fountaine Pajot Elba 45 is just about to arrive on our shores!

Gordon and Louise Coates (pictured right), our wonderful Multihull Solutions ambassadors, picked up their new catamaran from the shipyard in France in late 2019 and have enjoyed a great cruise back to Australia across the Pacific.

You can read about their trip and see the route they travelled here.

We can't wait to show you the new ELBA 45 and invite you to register your expression of interest to view the catamaran once we social distancing/isolation policies have lifted.


The Southern Hemisphere's first Ocean Voyager 78 has just been launched in Fiji.

This impressive day charter catamaran joins South Sea Sailing to operate high-end tours from Port Denarau through the sparkling Mamanuca group of islands. 

The vessel's light weight and shallow draft allows it to easily access shallow cays, white sandy beaches and Fiji’s turquoise waters via its forward steps and water slide.

The Ocean Voyager 78 is the ultimate day charter cat for marine tourism operations, and Multihull Solutions-  the exclusive importer and distributor of Ocean Voyager catamarans - welcomes the opportunity to discuss the product, build pricing and custom specifications with other commercial operators in Australia and the Pacific.

For more information and enquiries, please email Greg Boller or click on the button below.

Fountaine Pajot has just released a stunning video of its NEW 59 sailing catamaran due to be launched later in 2020.

With a flybridge with breathtaking dimensions (the largest in its category!), the NEW 59 transforms ordinary life on board into an inimitable experience of luxury, serenity and freedom.

The NEW 59 has been carefully designed to create spaces that cater for the most lively social gathering to the most relaxing moments of solitude. Its expansive 27.5m² cockpit, decadent foredeck with modular sunbathing stations, its 30m² flybridge, and its generous cabins all  perfectly respond to your needs.

Inspiring social unity with its generous and refined living areas, and epicurean galley that opens onto the saloon, the NEW 59 embodies the French way of life that celebrates the philosophy of carpe diem.

Barbarians at the Dock: the Etiquette of Hosting Guests Onboard

By Heather Francis for

We all want to share our onboard adventures with family and friends. E-mails, photos and blogs are a great way to stay connected but can often fall short capturing the whole sailing experience. In my opinion the only way to truly give people a slice of life onboard is to invite them to sail with you.

Inviting people into your floating world is exhilarating, but it can be daunting as well. Managing personalities, responsibilities and expectations is a delicate task. Choosing when and where to have guests join the boat can make the difference between a memorable holiday and a trip everyone would prefer to forget.

Timing is everything
One of the most difficult things about having people visit is actually getting them to the boat. It is true, transportation to some sailing destinations can be challenging and expensive, but often just finding a mutual time in everyone’s schedule can seem impossible. Constrained by work, school and seasonal flight prices our friends and family back home are used to planning vacations several months in advance. However dates on many cruising calendars are mere suggestions. Our schedules are more likely dictated by seasonal sailing routes, weather windows and boat maintenance.

When flights are booked and a deadline is looming many sailors put to sea in less than favourable conditions, rushing to make port before their guests. This frenzied momentum is not only contrary to the laidback lifestyle that everyone is coming to enjoy, it can put you at serious risk of breakages and injury.
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Top Five Causes of Boating Insurance Claims 
By Panteanius for mysailing

We could sit for hours listening to all the heartbreak stories of boating misadventure, irresponsibility, stupidity, and disaster —though passing on the human tragedy thanks — recounted by marine insurance companies.

It’s not so much a matter of schadenfreude, that perverse sense of pleasure derived from another person's misfortune, as a there-by-the-grace-of-god-go-I hope that we might learn from other boater’s mistakes.

Here are the top five causes of boating insurance claims at Pantaenius and a line or two about how you might avoid and/or prepare for them.

1. Poor Education in Navigation: Despite all the technology at our fingertips, there are still plenty of serious groundings around the world, in Australia, on the Great Barrier Reef, even at places like Port Stephens, as a result of misplaced faith in modern navigation equipment. While navigation has become a push-button affair, there remains a strong case for carrying paper charts and plotting a route with a pencil. This way you can avoid hazards, reefs, offshore islands and so on, while tracking your whereabouts at sea.

One claimant ran aground on the GBR in 2016 after creating a route on his GPS plotter, setting the autopilot and heading off to the galley. The problem was that he perfomed his route-making on a large-scale electronic map; it wasn’t until he zoomed in that the reefs he ran aground on could be seen. In another case, a cruising yachtie ran aground in Indonesia because the electronic chart was inaccurate and showed the channel through the reef was 20 metres away, as subsequent surveys revealed. Which is to say nothing of the 20,000 whales migrating annually along the Easstern Seaboard and all those lost shipping containers.

Charter boat investment

Lightning at Sea - Myth and Reality

Lightning strikes, like collisions with whales or floating containers, cannot be planned against if you are already at sea, and thunderstorms are among the most violent forces of nature. Here Des Ryan for mysailing separates fact from fiction.

At sea, it is possible to encounter squall line thunderstorms that have developed over land. Thunderstorms that form at sea occur most often in the early morning around dawn. However, tropical thunderstorms can occur at any time, often daily because of intense heating over land and an unlimited supply of moist tropical air from the ocean.

Thunder is the result of a lightning bolt. Lightning is a large current for a short period of time (milliseconds). This is a danger on an unprotected boat. Lightning can vaporize antennas, destroy electrical power, navigation systems, blow a hole in the hull or start a fire.

The theory of what happens when a sailing boat with lightning protection receives a strike - the conductor guides the lightning through a preferred path to the keel.

Cruising friends who have experienced a lightning strike aboard their boat have agreed on one thing - the strike was so severe that no normal lightning protection would have worked, as the electricity was so powerful that it jumped through the air to reach metal objects, sometimes as far as 20cm.

Charter boat investment
Latest Vlog from the "Crew of Two": #51 Turkish Delights
Let's Dance Sailing

Join Michael and Marita Lysaght on Let's Dance as they moved further south along the coast of Turkey earlier this year, met new friends, enjoyed beach BBQ's in amazing bays and explored ancient tombs.

Our good friends at SAIL magazine and Multihull Yacht Club QLD have extended some special offers to our Multihull Solutions clients. 

Multihull Yacht Club Qld newsletter - FREE 12-month membership
The MYCQ is Australia's premier Multihull Yacht Club, counting  some very experienced sailors among its members who have achieved many championships, titles, world voyages, Australian and even world circumnavigations. Also included in their membership are most of Australia's principal multihull designers, many builders and other people in the marine industry. 


28 March 20 | Multihull Solutions Gold Coast Open Day - postponed
15 - 19 April 20 | La Grande Motte Multihull Boat Show - postponed
May 20 | Go East Rally
21 - 24 May 20 | Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show - postponed
21 May - 6 June 20 | Multihull Solutions Mediterranean Escapade

30 July - 3 August 20 | Sydney International Boat Show  - cancelled
8 - 13 September 20 | Cannes Yachting Festival
15 - 18 October 20 | Singapore Yacht Show - new dates announced
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